Plotlines: Cornwall meets Anglesea

Cornwall meets Anglesea

Horticulturist Catherine Cutler in the Australian display at the Eden Project in Cornwall.Credit: Emily Whitfield-Wicks

Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the UK’s Eden Project, has been in Anglesea this month, consulting with the community about how they would feel to have an “eco-tourism attraction” in the town’s huge cavity of a former coal mine. The Dutch-born businessman has spelled out a plan for the site that includes extensive soil remediation, new plantings, a lake and art installations. Nothing has yet been finalised but it wouldn’t be the first time the Cornwall-based outfit has forged ties with Australia. Two years ago a garden composed entirely of West Australian plants was opened at the project’s ‘Mediterranean biome’ in Cornwall. Any climatic differences between the cold, wet southwestern tip of England and hot, dry WA were accommodated by carefully formulated conditions inside the bubble-like biome but even then Grady Brand, senior curator at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, who liaised extensively with Eden Project horticulturalists, had to be careful with his plant selections.There are no details yet about what will be planted in Anglesea, but Eden Project representatives have proposed a series of gardens connected by pathways and say the whole project would combine “science and wonder”.

Cool-Season Plantings

‘Winter in the gardens’ is the theme of tomorrow’s guided walk at the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Deciduous trees and evergreen conifers will be a key focus of this event hosted by the gardens’ friends group. Meet at 2pm on Sunday June 9 at the gardens’ front steps, gold-coin donation.

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