Lost in the garden of Eden

Cornwall: Eden Project biomesCornwall: Eden Project Rainforest biome lookout balcony

I confess that before visiting Cornwall I half-expected it’s picture-perfect towns and dramatic coastlines to be few and far between and I feared it might look disappointingly like the rest of England. For most of our trip we used a car from Blackbird Care Hire so we covered a fair amount of the county and I’m pleased to report it really is all winding country lanes, teeny fishing villages, and stunning natural landscapes! So, it makes sense that Cornwall is home to lots of flora- and fauna-related things to do; as well as the Lost Gardens of Heligan we visited the Eden Project, a registered charity that aims to inform, transform, and research (in the greenest possible way).

The site’s main attractions are the ‘biomes’, one of which is the world’s largest rainforest ‘in captivity’ and the other contains plants, fruits and vegetables from the Mediterranean. The rainforest biome was my favourite: I found the exotic flowers surreal-y beautiful and learnt a lot about tropical fruits and plants such as Cola (high five if you can guess what that’s used for) and cocoa. The ‘sensitive plant’ a.k.a. Mimosa Pudica was also totally fascinating – this video of it in action demonstrates why!

Besides being an interesting afternoon out I found the Eden Project really thought-provoking. For example, I learnt that an area of rainforest the same size as the biome is destroyed every 10 seconds. I’m passionate about the environment so statistics like that make me so sad/angry – hopefully projects like Eden will help re-educate us so we can act more responsibly and take better care of our planet!

It wasn’t all scary stats though: I was astonished to learn that Eden is also home to a stage which hosts comedy nights and gigs during the summer! It was pretty devastating to find out that next month’s Blink 182 gig is sold out – what a brilliant excuse to return to Cornwall that would’ve been! I’m sure I’ll be able to think of another though…

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  • http://memoirmode.com Kylie

    I sooooo want to go here, I love nature and pretty flowers. I guess its nice and warm in there? fancy living near by and being able to visit in the winter x

  • Julia

    I love the Eden project, you got some lovely photos!

    Julia x

  • Andrea

    How fantastic. I really,really want to visit. I LOVE nature. Some beautiful photo’s. Well Done to you :)

  • http://stylebyladyg.com Geraldine Looker

    Amazing photographs. It is a long time since I visited Cornwall, but I loved the villages and quaintness, St Ives was a favouite place of mine. Never managed to ge to the Eden Project, but its now on my list, if I can get back to the UK for long enough and a proper vacation!

  • http://islandgirlinsights.blogspot.com Rachael C

    I went here when I was a kid, just after it had opened. It looks so much greener and fuller than when I was there! I would love to go back someday! xxx

  • http://absolutely-fuzzy.com steph

    the biomes are so fascinating! never heard of it before but love the idea behind it ;) great pics!

  • http://www.the-car-addict.com Lisa theCarAddict

    Nice Blog!
    Have a wonderful Day! xx

  • http://www.highheelstosneakers.com Jessica Broyles

    That is so cool! Definitely beautiful! Great post.

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    This is AWESOME. I’d love to visit there.

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  • Joanna Biddolph

    Gorgeous blogs! Your photos are fabulous and are such a good record of our time there. I will be coming back to check them out whenever I yearn for Cornwall.

  • http://www.ellecroft.com Elle Croft

    Great photos! I remember visiting the Eden Project when I was 17; my strongest recollection is that they grew marijuana there. Haha. That, and the fact that James Bond was filmed there. Maybe I should go back and appreciate it for it’s real beauty & educational value!

  • http://www.morganvsmorgan.com Morganvsmorgan

    Holy shit, this place is amazing! I would honeymoon there! haha. & the sensitive plant is crazy!

  • http://www.chiaweb.it chiaweb

    oh WOW! It doesn’t seem this place is on Earth! It is amazing, the colours, the space, the places inside and outside, I’m speechless!

  • http://www.truffles-ruffles.com/ Erin

    these photos are gorgeous and those glass domes are beautiful and very et-like!

    xx

    Erin @ http://www.truffles-ruffles.com/

  • http://bedknobsandbaubles.com Jessica

    Beautiful photos! I love going to domes like this – it’s a great way to see all sorts of fascinating plants.
    xoxo,
    Jessica
    http://bedknobsandbaubles.com

  • she

    looks like a wonderful place to visit.

  • http://www.freshfizzle.com tania

    wow looks like such a cool place! if I ever make it out to the UK, it’s definitely on my list of must-sees. stumbled on your blog today and i love your photography. i’m your newest fan (follower #250 on bloglovin’!)

    <3 tania
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  • http://www.freshfizzle.com tania

    i don’t think my comment went through so i am leaving it again =). i stumbled upon your blog and i am now OBSESSED!! this place looks so beautiful i will definitely have to drop by when i visit the UK one day. keep up the good work with your photography.

    love,
    your newest bloglovin follower (#250!)

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    oh lovely

  • http://thewellappointedcatwalk.com Marissa

    Wow! I had no idea this existed! Definitely not what I think of when I imagine the English countryside. So cool that they have shows and events. Can you imagine having a wedding there?

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