Explore our enormous indoor rainforest. Trek through the humid tropics via SE Asia, West Africa and South America.
Designed by award-winning garden designer, Jilayne Rickards for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023, the Fauna & Flora Garden maps the journey of an ecotourist on a gorilla trek, tracing a rough track through a succession of lush and changing landscapes.
Many of the garden's plants were grown in Cornwall, nurtured by horticulturists at the Eden Project, and the garden has now been moved from the Flower Show and is on display in Eden's Rainforest Biome.
The Fauna & Flora Garden aimed to demonstrate the critical importance of protecting nature and how this can be best achieved by putting people and collaboration at the heart of conservation efforts. To help achieve this, visitors to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show were offered a window into the spectacular Afromontane landscape of Central Africa.
The path led to a gorilla nest – set among bamboo and other typical gorilla foodplants – and a towering waterfall, surrounded by a variety of weird and wonderful plants. This ‘gorilla garden’ told the story of the endangered species and their habitat.
Following Chelsea, the garden and the plants were relocated to the Eden Project, ensuring visitors can be inspired by it for many years to come.
Jilayne Rickards has been designing and creating gardens for over 20 years. In 2019, Jilayne made her phenomenal RHS Chelsea Flower Show debut with the CAMFED Garden, which won a prestigious RHS Gold Medal, the BBC/RHS People’s Choice Award and afterwards was relocated to Eden’s Mediterranean Biome.
Jilayne’s gardens are designed with biodiversity and sustainability in mind and are constructed using methods that reflect her determination to reduce the carbon footprint of her builds.
Eden Project supplied many of the garden’s tropical plants for the garden when it was displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show – including banana plants, giant lobelia and African tulip trees. Each represents the many plant species that make up the mountain gorilla’s habitat and are critical to its survival. We don’t just need to protect the gorillas, but the biodiversity that surrounds them too.
Unusual for a Chelsea show garden, the Fauna & Flora Garden was entirely cement and concrete free. 95% of its building materials were sourced within the UK, and the team recycled and reused as much as possible. Zero waste was sent to landfill. The boulders used to construct the boundary wall, for example, are a waste product from agricultural farming. A sustainable, soft engineering system involving interlocking, planted, soil-filled ‘Rootlok’ bags has been transferred from Chelsea to create retaining walls.