It’s 10 years today since it opened! By coincidence I was there yesterday and I try to get there several times a year if I can. It’s constantly changing and I am always impressed by the way sheer imagination is turned into practical applications.
I did the outside first as it was a sunny day. It’s Spring there – they even have cowslips in flower. Inside, the tropical zone was very sweaty and I was dripping beads of perspiration, especially when I climbed the new ladder to the top of the dome so I could look down on the jungle beneath.
I saw Eden first about 11 years ago, before it opened and had just got its name into the Guinness Book of Records as the largest free standing scaffolding ever erected. I did suggest to them, early on, that they ought to have some hives there, but the answer was the usual: elfinsafety.
As always, I spent far too much money on the way out, but now I shall be able to grow my own coffee, bananas, and black pepper and amuse myself with the antics of the Venus fly trap and the other sensitive plant: Mimosa Pudica.