In Britain, there is a tradition of throwing coins into a pond and making a wish – does this tradition exist anywhere else? – so I’m not sure why I was surprised to see this at the Eden Project today. 

I wonder what the people who threw those coins were wishing for: more money, an end to the devastation of the rain forests (which would be topical considering we were in a biome which simulated one), or less commercialism at what might be a sincere project but which I personally found somewhat underwhelming.

Notwithstanding, there was a pleasure in some of the sights and inevitably I learned a fact or two. Sadly, not the names of all the plants I liked but in any case below is a snapshot of the domes which are synonymous with the Eden Project – from both within and without.

did I ever mention that purple is my favourite colour?

I hope my poppies will be as nice later this year

the spider in the temperate /desert biomes

apparently native to California but nameless

hardly authentic but I did like the forest hut


I prefer the hot house at Kew but I guess this biome is more ecologically sound


the allotments – interesting to see what they were already growing 300+ miles south of home



About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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5 Responses to Wishing…

  1. andy1076 says:

    The greenhouse domes must look pretty interesting from afar 😀

    • Helen says:

      I understand that the project is in a disused quarry so I don’t think it’s possible to see them outside the complex. With ‘normal’ Cornwall gorse behind them they do seem to me to be like the pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. Incongruous but somehow not out of place.

  2. mybrightlife says:

    Very interesting. And yes, we toss coins down here too. Must stem from our British roots 🙂

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