The Eden Project, Cornwall

The Eden Project, Cornwall

There are primarily three sections to the Eden Project:  a Rainforest Biome, a Mediterranean Biome, and outdoor botanical gardens featuring native plants and art.

One of the works of art there was this woman, whose hair was actually a type of grass.

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Another was the giant bee (unfortunately, it absolutely terrified my daughter):

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There were so many lovely plants too look at, many of which I photographed but I don’t know what they are, so I’m focusing on some wider angle shots.  For instance, look at all this lavender:

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And these colorfully arranged rows of flowers:

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The rainforest biome is hot and humid! As we approached the entrance, I saw several young men coming out with their shirts off.  And no wonder – the climate inside the biome is engineered for the comfort of the exotic plants inside it, not for our comfort.

As a side note, we ate in Eden Kitchen when we arrived. It was one of the best meals I have ever eaten.  I really recommend eating there, and it’s not often you’ll find me saying that about a restaurant located within a tourist attraction.

There was no doubt, as we walked around The Eden Project, that the people there are passionate about what they do, and about the environment.  Enthusiasm like that is contagious, and we learned so much that day we still talk about it.

The Eden Project is at Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG. Telephone +44 (0)1726 811911. It is a year-round attraction, but hours vary by season; check the web site or call for specific opening/closing times.

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