As you carry out essential maintenance and cleaning on your greenhouse over the cold months, spare a thought from the huge team who look after the world’s biggest greenhouse – the award winning Eden project in Cornwall.
Eden Project houses around 100,000 plants representing 5,000 species from many of the climatic zones of the world. Some prosper in the mild conditions of Cornwall, others need help, which is where Eden’s two gigantic greenhouses play their part.
The Humid Tropics Biome holds plants of the rainforest – bananas, rubber, cocoa, coffee, teak and mahogany.
The Temperate Biome is filled with plants from South Africa, California and the Mediterranean, a collection of species such as cyclamen, lachenalia and babiana.
Make a note now to visit the Eden Project in March, April and May, when its hosts Bulb Mania, an amazing show of one million daffodils, tulips and other springtime delights.
It’s a seductive springtime event – with a river of grape hyacinth sweeping across the link roof between the twin Biomes.
Author: Robert Smith