Two spectacular new features at the Eden Project are due to star in BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World programme on Friday June 2.
The show is set to feature artwork from an award-winning show garden as well as Eden’s new Western Australia Garden in the Mediterranean Biome showcasing the fascinating and beautiful flora of the region.
Leading garden designer Arit Anderson created the climate change-themed Near Future Garden, which won a gold medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last year (2016).
She has brought elements of her Garden to the outdoors at the Eden Project, as a permanent addition to the energy trail along the zig zag path, the main route towards the Biomes.
Planting in this area is dedicated to ancient plants, showing their evolution through time. The Near Future Garden artworks compliment this and add a strong message on climate change.
A striking vortex of black “oil” symbolises how the continual burning of fossil fuels is depleting the Earth of the essential organic carbon that it needs to balance increasing carbon dioxide emissions.
This unique artistic interpretation of the impact of oil was conceived by Arit and built in conjunction with a specialist water feature company called Tills Innovations.
Further down the path, a series of three hand-crafted wooden sculptures represent nature’s powerful renewable energies – the sun, wind and water.
These were designed and created by Charlie Whinney to provide three-dimensional structures that can be appreciated from two viewpoints. Each element – the sun, wind and rain (water) – calls people to harness these natural sources of energy to power the world now to ensure the legacy of a low carbon future.
Arit said: “I’m so excited that Near Future Garden has now evolved and become part of the Eden Project communication about climate change. This is a huge honour, and thank you to everyone who was involved.”
Eden’s director of interpretation Dr Jo Elworthy said: “We were all delighted that Arit was happy for Eden to provide a permanent home for the garden installations. They look stunning and help to communicate the vital stories around climate change and what we can do to help address it.
“They beautifully complement the story of the Weather Maker in our Rainforest Biome showing how the rainforest helps to regulate the world’s climate.”
The episode of Gardeners’ World is also due to feature the new Western Australia Garden in the Mediterranean Biome.
The garden is full of fantastical and freaky exotics such as grass trees, kangaroo paws and wax flowers.
The unique body of plants is all the more remarkable because, in its natural habitat, it survives and thrives on some of the Earth’s oldest and most infertile soil.
Eden has collaborated with Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Western Australia, to recreate the iconic habitats of the south west of the vast state. Their senior curator, Grady Brand, travelled to Eden to help the expert horticulture team with this large-scale installation.