My last post about the Eden Project just didn’t contain enough pictures to do justice to the amazing displays, fantastic flowers and informative interpretation. So here’s a selection of pictures to guide you through the different biomes.
The Outdoor Biome.
Striking architecture is softened by vegetation, bunting and brightly-coloured birdboxes,
The futuristic domes of the Eden Project are nestled in the bottom of an old china clay pit outside St Austell. Hidden from view as you first enter the park, the biomes house climate-controlled ecosystems filled with plants from across the globe.
A large allotment garden demonstrates sustainable gardening techniques for visitors. They also highlight small-scale subsistence farming methods used in different parts of the world.
The outdoor ‘biome’ is the largest part of the park, with many plants from temperate climates and some wierd and wonderful sculpture.
The allotment gardens also provide produce used in the cafe, reducing the transportation costs associated with fresh food.
Interpretive displays pose questions about sustainability, environmental stewardship and climate change. Answers are left up to the visitor to contemplate.
The Mediterranean Biome.
The Mediterranean biome houses a collection of plants from the warm, dry subtropical regions of the earth.
The climates in the covered biomes are monitored continually to ensure that the temperature and humidity remains within the ideal range for the plants under cover.
Striking sculptures depicting the Myth of Dionysus cavort through a vineyard.
Specific habitats represented include the Chapperal of California, the Maquis of the Mediterranean. and the South African Fynbos
A collection of plants with heady scents, like this rich red rose, demonstrate our fascination with perfumes.
The regions are known for the fruits and wines they produce, but soils are poor and prone to drought, meaning flower displays are often short lived.
The Rainforest Biome.
The Rainforest Biome is filled with plants from the hot and humid tropics; the world’s largest indoor jungle.
Walking through the lush green vegetation reveals a tropical waterfall at the heart of the biome.
Installations including a Malaysian hut and paddy garden, and Congoloese pygmy shelters and totems bring to mind the human connection to the rainforests.
The viewing platform at the top of the biome gives a bird’s-eye view over the canopy.
Tropical flowers like frangipani and hibiscus are found alongside some of the many food plants that originate in tropical regions, such as chocolate, coffee, gnger and bananas.
The canopy balloon installation demonstrates a method that scientists use to study the flora and fauna of the canopy.