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article imageReview: Photo Essay — The wild gardens of Cornwall Special

By Tim Sandle     Sep 13, 2014 in Travel
Saint Austell - The Eden project in Cornwall plays host a dazzling array of flowers, plants and trees. Digital Journal paid a visit to the remarkable eco-project that was once a disused clay pit.
The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall, England. The main feature is a series of fascinating biomes.
The biomes of the Eden Project. These are climatically and geographically defined as contiguous area...
The biomes of the Eden Project. These are climatically and geographically defined as contiguous areas containing plants from around the world.
The Guinness Book of Records heralds the biomes as the biggest conservatories in the world
Inside the artificial biomes are plants that are collected from all around the world (it is said that to walk down into the Eden Project is to travel the world in a day). These will be featured in a second photo essay. Interesting as the biomes are, the vast open space that comprises the Eden Project contains plenty of interest as well. The architectural style was inspired by J. Baldwin's Pillow Dome.
An overview of the Eden Project  capturing some of the vast open space and myriad of colorful flower...
An overview of the Eden Project, capturing some of the vast open space and myriad of colorful flowers.
The Eden Project is located in a reclaimed Kaolinite pit (a type of clay mineral). Kaolinite is a soft, earthy, usually white mineral. Traces of the clay are long gone; now the area is fresh and vibrant with wild flowers.
A splash of color  similar to a Monet painting perhaps. The outside area of the Eden Project is tant...
A splash of color, similar to a Monet painting perhaps. The outside area of the Eden Project is tantalizing.
The Eden Project was conceived by Tim Smit and designed by architect Nicholas Grimshaw. It opened to the public in the year 2001, and over time the are and variety of things on display have expanded.
Some of the plants are decidedly unusual.
A strange  almost alien looking plant from within the Eden Project.
A strange, almost alien looking plant from within the Eden Project.
Among the plants are many interesting sculptures. Many of these have an ecological message, designed to highlight the futility of a disposable culture contrasted with the natural beauty.
Day of the Triffids? Unusual metal plants among the natural wonders at the Eden Project in Cornwall ...
Day of the Triffids? Unusual metal plants among the natural wonders at the Eden Project in Cornwall, U.K.
Other sculptures are in tune with the eco-friendly message. Many Eden Project sculptures are constructed from the detritus of modern living.
A giant bee presides over an area dedicated to real bees. The Eden Project collects and sells some t...
A giant bee presides over an area dedicated to real bees. The Eden Project collects and sells some tasty honey.
Here is one of the real bees, collecting nectar.
A honey bee collecting nectar from the wild flowers at the Eden Project.
A honey bee collecting nectar from the wild flowers at the Eden Project.
An eagle like bird glares down at passers-by in the Eden Project.
An eagle like bird glares down at passers-by in the Eden Project.
There are plenty of other things to see:
Grape vines at the Eden project. Nearby a tasty English sparkling wine is crafted.
Grape vines at the Eden project. Nearby a tasty English sparkling wine is crafted.
And to explore:
A little stone house  offering shade when needed.
A little stone house, offering shade when needed.
The Eden Project is well-worth visiting. Digital Journal will be presenting a second part to this photo essay - under the dome - where the delights of the biomes are revealed.
An alternative view of an Eden Project biome  located in an area richly steeped in Cornwall s wild f...
An alternative view of an Eden Project biome, located in an area richly steeped in Cornwall's wild flowers.
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