Edentify Trail family activity
Discover hidden secrets in our Outdoor Gardens. This family trail takes you on an exciting tour around our spacious gardens, with clues designed especially for kids. There’s a surprise at every turn.
Use the numbers on the map to plot your walk through our Outdoor Gardens, while looking out for the hidden gems in our numbered photo collage.
There are 24 in total, but if you’re short of time, you can easily do just one half of the trail – that's why we've colour coded it into two sections.
Detailed directions and clues – including a quiz for little ones – can be found below the map and photos.
Edentify Trail map
Directions, clues and family quiz
1. The Korean Garden
Directions: After the Visitor Centre take a moment to admire the view of the Biomes. Then take a left to the Wild Edge. First stop – the Korean Garden, the first of a series of exhibits taking shape along the ‘Wild Edge’ zone.
Family challenge: What do you think the two wooden figures at the entrance of the Korean Garden are for? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: The wooden figures are Korean totems that welcome you to the Korean garden. Known as jangseung in Korea, these gateway totems serve to protect the area beyond them.
2. Bee Observation Hive
Directions: Continue through the Wild Edge, leave Korea and take a left into Wild Cornwall. The white china clay pillars, that look like silver birch tree trunks, mark the entrance. Head for the wooden hut. (For a more accessible, shorter and flatter route go straight on. The two paths re-join further on.)
The Bee Observation Hive is a wooden hut with a whole load of bees to observe… safety behind glass.
Family challenge: Can you use the signs in the hut to work out what type of bee lives in here? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: The native dark honey bee. Apis mellifera mellifera is well-suited to our Cornish weather. The Eden Project is a native dark honey bee reserve working to conserve these special bees.
3. Stone carving
Directions: Past the Bee Observation Hive the wooden decking finishes and becomes a grass path.
Family challenge: Look out for a rare plant carved in stone in the Cornish hedge opposite the stone chamber. Where does the plant come from? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: This is a stone carving* of the Plymouth pear, found only in Cornwall and Devon. Eden works with a range of local organisations to conserve native plants.
*by Peter Martin
4. Map of Wild Cornwall
Directions: Beyond the stone chamber you’ll see a wooden gate. Just before it take a sharp right and proceed until you see a map of Cornwall on a large slate. (This is where you re-join the accessible path.)
Take a close look at the Cornish map.
Family challenge: Can you spot the blue butterfly? Use the map to work out what keeps the Cornish climate mild and prevents very low temperatures in the county… (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: It’s the sea keeps the Cornish climate so mild!
5. Biomass fuels exhibit
Directions: Opposite the old painted map on the slate go left and continue down the hill. After you pass a large sign that says ‘Plants for a Changing Climate’ the path takes a sharp right. Follow it until you see a big red and black sculpture.
Family challenge: What is the sculpture called? It‘s not a real plant, it’s called an…? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: …Industrial Plant. David Kemp’s Industrial Plant sculpture takes a sideways look at fossil fuels, which currently provide about 80% of the world’s energy and are a major cause of climate change.
6. Willow Dream Chamber
Directions: Carry straight on a few yards to a sign that says Plants in Myth. This marks the entrance to the Myth and Folklore exhibit. Continue along the path to the giant Willow Dream Chamber.
Family challenge: Can you find and follow the labyrinth marked on the ground? Go clockwise (‘deisul’, sunwise) around the labyrinth for good luck. Anticlockwise (‘widdershins’) ain’t so lucky.
Pete Hill and Kate Munro created our Willow Dream Chamber. Its classic seven-ring labyrinth is found worldwide. To sailors it was a good-luck token, ensuring safe return. It provided protection against wandering spirits who get lost in the curves (spirits can only travel in straight lines, allegedly).
7. Eve sculpture
Directions: Meander slowly and quietly through the green shady magical land of Myth and Folklore... Can you see Eve?
Family challenge: What is her face made of? What is her hair made of? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: Eve has a face of mud and mirrors and her hair is made of plants. She was made by Sue and Pete Hill. Her sculptural sister, Mud Maid, lives at the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
8. The Orchard
Directions: Pass through the mirrored trees and follow the path downhill to the centre of the site. When you reach the big white Stage turn left to the Orchard; a grassy area covered in trees with a large scrambling log at the centre.
Family challenge: What sort of trees are growing here? Clue: the bees pollinate them in the spring when they collect nectar to make honey. The tree flowers turn into a delicious crunchy fruit. (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: Apple trees. There are dessert apples here; edible food in a biodegradable wrapper. There are also cider apples; too bitter to eat, but great for scrumpy.
Directions: With the Orchard on your left and Stage behind you on your right look straight ahead and you will spot a bank of bobbly bushes, which transform into a sea of purple in the summer.
Family challenge: Which flowers do you think they are? Can you find the Roman in the bathtub? Why is he bathing in flowers?
Solution: Lavender. Bees love lavender and make delicious honey from it.
Lavender gets its name from the Latin lavare (‘to wash’). It cleans and calms. It is used in aromatherapy oils, perfumes, insect repellents and antiseptics.
10. Global Gardens allotment
Directions: Turn left uphill and shortly afterwards at the tiny T junction take a left again and take the route around the Global Gardens allotment. Soon after a sign about ‘The hidden crops of the Andes’ the path takes a sharp right – make your way to the blue shed straight ahead.
Family challenge: Just past the blue shed can you spot someone in the garden? Can you see what their face is made of? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: This is the Global Gardens scarecrow, with a face made of a plastic bottle.
Global Gardens brings new veg ideas from gardening communities with roots in Africa, Asia, Latin America, China, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.
11. Green fuels exhibit
Directions: Just past the blue shed the path forks. Take the left fork slightly uphill to towards the sunflower and hemp exhibits.
Family challenge: Plants such as sunflowers and potatoes have many uses. They can even be made into…? (See the solution below the photo...)
Plants such as sunflowers, potatoes, soya and rape seed, and even algae, can be used instead of fossil fuels to make plastics and bio-fuels.
Directions: Finally, before you head into the Rainforest Biome or elsewhere, take a look at the Biome’s structure from the outside. The Biomes are made of hexagons.
Family challenge: How many sides does a hexagon have? What things in nature are made of hexagons? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: Hexagons have six sides.
Bees make their honeycombs out of hexagons. We copied nature because it is so efficient; hexagons achieve maximum strength using minimum materials. Find out more about architecture at the Eden Project.
13. Sweet peas
Directions: Part two of the trail starts just outside the exit of the Mediterranean Biome. Look out for some metal flowers in a fence...
Family challenge: What sort of flowers do you think they represent? (See the solution below the photo...)
14. Mosaic floor
Directions: Keep the Mediterranean Biome on your right and head towards the Link and Rainforest Biome. Just after a wooden pagoda on your left and an ice cream kiosk on your right you will see a mosaic circle on the ground.
Family challenge: There are lots of symbols in the mosaic. See if you can spot the one at number 14 in our photo collage. What do you think it means? (See the solution below the photo...)
15. Water recycling
Directions: Keep heading towards the Link building between the Biomes. On the left of the main path a giant poster tells the story of Eden’s water supply.
Family challenge: Use the diagram to find out where the water for the Rainforest Biome waterfall comes from. (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: The waterfall in our Rainforest Biome comes from rainwater which we've harvested.
Directions: A little way along the path turn left up the steps and then left again towards a sculpture of a very large insect. (For a route with no steps head back towards the Stage and take the first right to the sculpture.)
Family challenge: Plants can’t move. What insect do they sometimes use to help them move pollen from flower to flower? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: Bees. Find out more about bees.
17. Crowd. 4. installation
Directions: Walk around or alongside the big white Stage towards the Blue Border walk. You’ll soon see a large digital installation by the artist Julian Opie.
Family challenge: How many people are walking left and how many walking right? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: Three are walking left and three right. Find out more about about art at Eden.
18. Invisible Worlds fresh water exhibit
Directions: Continue along the Blue Border walk towards the Core building (with the spiky roof). Spot a sign on your left that says Avenue of Senses. Look out for three little streams of water flowing into a shallow pool from a shelter. Peep in the shelter, our Invisible Worlds fresh water exhibit.
Family challenge: In the shelter by the three streams discover pictures of a dozen delightful tiny creatures that live in fresh water. Which of these lives a very, very long time? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: A hydra. It’s very small and green and is an animal. Find out more about Invisible Worlds.
19. Blue Border
Directions: Continue along the Blue Border path towards the Core. Spot playful little blackboard signs on your left.
Family challenge: Look out for the sign that says 'bounce'. How many different sorts of signs can you see? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: The signs say Jump, Skip, Crawl, Bounce, Walk, Leap, Run, Skip, Hop, Jump, Bounce, Crawl, Shuffle, Hop, Shuffle.
20. Butterfly sculpture
Directions: Go past the pond on your left (it’s behind all those flowers!) and the Soil Root Dome on your right. As you approach the spiky-roofed Core building turn left on the path that leads behind the building.
Family challenge: What shape is the giant butterfly’s tongue? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: Spiral. A butterfly uncoils its tongue to sip liquid food, such as nectar, then coils it up again.
21. The Core lift
Directions: Walk all the way around the back of the Core building and out the other side until you get to a wooden deck on your right-hand side. Head for the lift.
Family challenge: Why do you think the front of the lift is made of glass? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: The front of the lift is made of glass so that people can look at the view of the Biomes as they go up or down.
22. Timber sculpture
Directions: Walk down the slope and take a sharp right towards the Biomes, then very shortly go left up the hill towards the Visitor Centre past a steep slope of tall grasses on your left.
Family challenge: How many wooden posts with orange tops are there? (See the solution below the photo...)
This Paul Anderson sculpture is made from the timbers of Rosebud’ an old fishing boat which in 1937 sailed from Cornwall to London to deliver a letter that protested against removal of poor people’s houses in Cornwall.
23. Zig-zag path through time
Directions: Continue up the hill with hedges on both sides, past a giant beetle and spider. Just after a little cob shelter, the path takes a steep left turn. On the right there is a timeline on the wall with some mosaics in it.
Family challenge: Look out for image number 23 in our photo collage. It shows the first plants that ever came onto land. What are they called? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: The first plants that ever came onto land were moss. Find out more about prehistoric plants.
24. A blast from the past
Directions: Before you head to the Visitor Centre take a look at the Biomes through the specially placed metal picture frame. A picture shows what they looked like as they were being built.
Family challenge: When did we start transforming a clay pit into a global garden? (See the solution below the photo...)
Solution: A long time ago; 1999.
We hope you enjoyed a new look at Eden and look forward to seeing you again soon.