The Eden Project Houses
The Eden Project, set in an amazing location in the heart of Cornwall, gives you a unique view of the world of plants and human society. The Eden Project is the largest greenhouse ever built, the size of 30 football pitches.
There are two massive conservatories:
The Humid Tropics Biome:
This Biome, the largest conservatory in the world, is 240 m long, 110 m wide and 50 m high. It contains over 1,000 plant species, which have shot up since they were planted (from September 2000 on), and we've lost less than 5%. Jungle trees race up to the light, some growing several metres a year. Climbers hitch a ride and epiphytes, such as orchids and ferns, live high in the living skyscrapers.
Warm Temperate Biome:
Halfway between our wet green woods and the world's deserts are the warm temperate Mediterranean regions, characterised by hot dry summers and cool wet winters. Plants have spines, waxy evergreen leaves or small, grey, hairy leaves, all of which serve to protect. Shrubs are more common than trees, bulbs hide below the summer-scorched soil, and annuals bloom in a riot of colour after winter rains.
In this Biome the air is kept between 15 and 25C in the summer and a minimum of 9C in the winter. Breathe in . . . The scent comes from the plants' protective oils. .
AddressBedelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
Opening times10am - 6pm
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