Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 13:00


A fairy tale garden designed by Eden Project apprentices is set to enchant visitors at the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show next month (April 7 - 8).

The Hansel and Gretel garden will feature a gingerbread house covered in moss and succulents, edible tulips and a cauldron-shaped decorative swing.

It has been created by Eden horticultural apprentices Meg Lowman, Debs Ryan and Will Swann under the supervision of Eden horticulturists Emma Gunn and Riyah Snow.

The apprentices will be on hand during the show at Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel to talk about the garden.

Emma said: “The Hansel and Gretel garden has been created as a children’s garden to give the sense of storytelling, play and interaction.

“There are cleverly chosen safe plants to stimulate the senses and playful representations of tasty treats. 

“The garden is set as if within a woodland clearing and has the witch’s gingerbread house with a living roof, speckled with succulents to represent tasty sweets. 

“Set in the path are sweets made of resin and edging it there are scented and textural plants with beautiful temperate spring flowers and herbs. Our garden is a treat for everyone to enjoy.” 

The Hansel and Gretel garden is fully accessible to all. 

Described as the Chelsea of the South West, the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show takes place at Boconnoc is the region’s first major flower show of the horticultural year, attracting more than 6,000 garden enthusiasts over its two days.

Eden is a regular exhibitor at the event and last year its horticulture apprentices won a gold award and the prestigious Banham Cup for Boconnoc’s best overall show garden.

The project’s award-winning apprenticeship programme is run in collaboration with Cornwall College and employs around 25 apprentices at any one time.

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