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High Commissioner opens Eden's new Garden

Australian High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer has praised the Eden Project for introducing visitors to some of the State’s stunning plant life.

Earlier today (Tuesday, May 9) Mr Downer officially opened the new Western Australia Garden based in Eden’s Mediterranean Biome.

The spectacular new exhibit features an array of exotic plants including grass trees, kangaroo paws and wax flowers.

It celebrates the amazing flora and habitats of the south west of the vast state where plants thrive 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 region’s iconic habitats.

His Excellency Mr Downer said: “We’re 14,000 kilometres from Western Australia and it is great to see all these Australian plants growing so healthily in such a fantastic place as Eden.

“What is unique about Australia is our flora and fauna. As the world’s smallest continent and largest island we have developed our own biodiversity.

“We have this wonderful display of Western Australia’s biodiversity here at Eden. The million visitors who pass through here every year will have a chance to understand that extraordinary characteristic of Western Australia.”


The Western Australia Garden is the biggest-ever transformation of the Mediterranean Biome since Eden’s opening in 2001.

Supported by Tourism Western Australia, the garden has three sections.

The Jarrah forest on sloped beds highlights the role of fire in maintaining habitat.

A central bed showcases ‘wow’ plants such as wax flowers, everlastings and a collection of kangaroo paws.

The third section is known as Kwongan and includes iconic endemic plants such as Chamelaucium, Grevilleas, Banksias, Acacias and Eucalyptus.

Gordon Seabright, Eden’s Managing Director, said: “We have had fantastic help from Kings Park and Botanic Garden who have worked with our expert horticulture team to develop this beautiful garden.

“Western Australia has unique flora and an incredible set of cultural stories around their intriguing plant adaptations. We are proud of our partnership and the beautiful new displays that bring Western Australia's flora to life at Eden.”

For more on the new Western Australia Garden go to www.edenproject.com

Image: Eden Mediterranean Biome Lead Horticulturist Catherine Cutler among the kangaroo paws in the new Western Australia Garden.

 

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