We’ve been to the garden of Eden!
Or, more accurately, to the gardens of The Eden Project, in Cornwall, England! This was a day trip that Ron and I had arranged for the four of us (i.e. Ron, his wife, my husband, and me).
All four of us love gardens, plants, flowers, and nature in general, so had been looking forward to this trip for quite some time! So on the sixth of July, off we went, intrepid explorers that we are . . .
We’d watched the final Lions rugby game before leaving for Cornwall (couldn’t miss that!) so we refuelled our bodies with a healthy lunch before preparing to explore the Biomes.
First up was the Rainforest Biome. Hot, hot, HOT! And so humid. Luckily the roof vents allowed a gentle and welcome breeze here and there, which made it bearable. Staying hydrated was essential.
As you’d expect, this biome is lush, crammed with skyscrapers of leaves and wound with tendrils and exotic flowers.
This is offset by waterfalls and the amazing grid-windows of the biome itself.
You have to be careful of some of the vines, though . . . as my husband found out! (Don’t worry, he’s just messing about! He wasn’t really under attack!) This pic of Ron also seems to suggest giant-sized flowers . . . the fun of perspectives, hey!?
After that, we explored the somewhat cooler environment of the Mediterranean Biome. I love this one: it’s more comfortable for me, for a start, but I really like vivid colour, particularly for flowers, so I always find the bougainvillea and the pelargoniums an impressive sight.
I also really love the scent of the trees in the citrus grove. The blossom on the grapefruit tree has an exquisitely sweet perfume.
Outside, the sun continued to blaze. The external gardens have come a long way since the Project began. Now they are excellent in their own right, with alliums, Peruvian lilies, roses, Calla lilies and a myriad of other flowers and shrubs everywhere you look.
The winding leafy tunnel in the Spiral Garden almost requires limbo dancing to get through to the centre – somehow, even with an aching back, I managed it! I love geometric shapes and fractals. 🙂 Being six foot four, though, Ron wasn’t going to even attempt it! 😉
A recent addition is the SkyWire, but thankfully I kept my feet on the ground! The view from the walkway between lift and car park is pretty impressive too – and no need to fly to see it . . .
As you can probably tell, we had a fantastic time! Now that we have season tickets we’ll be able to visit more often! 😉
To find out more about The Eden Project, how it began, and the conservation work it does, please click here to access The Eden Project’s own website.
We hope you enjoyed this off-topic post! Although . . . for a writer, every experience has the potential to become part of a story!
If you enjoyed this post, please Like, Share and/or Leave a Comment!
Joanna and Ron | The Lazuli Portals
All images copyright R Dickerson, J Gawn or W Gawn. Do not use without permission.