Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:30

Four horticulturists from the Eden Project are carrying out important international study helped by funding from the Cornwall Garden Society.

The society has established a bursary to support the travel and research undertaken by Eden’s horticultural staff and students.

Both organisations share a commitment to the art and science of horticulture and want to strengthen Cornwall’s extraordinary legacy of great gardens and plant collections.

The generosity of the society is benefitting Hetty Ninnis, Julie Kendall, Lucie Oldale and Flo Mansbridge in projects this year.

Later this spring Julie, who leads Eden’s outdoor horticulture team, will be visiting the gardens and arboreta of South Korea as research for the new Korean garden planned for Eden.

Julie said: “The support from the Cornwall Garden Society has allowed me to travel to South Korea to research the new Korean garden planned for Eden and to meet the horticulturists and botanists who will help with the design of the project.”

Rainforest Biome supervisor Hetty recently returned from the European Orchid Conference and Exhibition in Paris and plans to use the knowledge gained to install new orchid displays in the Biome.

Skilled horticulturist Lucie’s bursary is enabling her to research the propagation needs of rare Central American Magnolia species.

Senior horticulturist Flo will be working with South African botanical institutions in preparation for Eden’s forthcoming veldt exhibit.

Eden’s chief executive Gordon Seabright said: “The support of the Cornwall Garden Society is invaluable. Not only can our staff and students apply to the bursary to support travel but as importantly they can interact with Cornwall’s extraordinary cadre of horticulturists. We want to play our part in training and developing the next generation.”

The bursary was initiated by Andrew Leslie when he was chair of the Cornwall Garden Society and advanced under the direction of current chair Sir Robert Owen.

Sir Robert said:  “The CGS  attach great importance to our relationship with the Eden Project; and we are delighted that by instituting the bursary scheme, we have been able to make a practical contribution to the pursuit of excellence in the study of horticulture in Cornwall.”


Andrew said: “As the instigator of this project I am delighted that it has finally come to fruition and that the first students from Eden are benefiting from the Cornwall Garden Society’s Bursary scheme. I wish them every success and much look  forward following, what I hope, will result in a  long and successful career in horticulture.”

Cornwall Garden Society celebrates the unique beauty of Cornish gardens and the love of gardening.  As a charity, its aims are to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture, promote good gardening principles and promote, conserve and protect the national environment in Cornwall. 

To achieve this, the society offers a packed programme of events throughout the year and in early spring holds the spectacular Cornwall Spring Flower Show, taking place this weekend, April 7-8, at Boconnoc, near Liskeard. 



Caption:  Lucie Oldale (centre), one of the Eden horticulturists who has been helped by the Cornwall Garden Society, working on the slopes at Eden with other green team members.


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