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The Eden Project = Essential Costa Rica

Extraordinary orchids

This spring, the Eden Project’s exquisite Orchid Display is being extended in celebration of Costa Rica’s biodiversity

The Eden Project in Cornwall is a living theatre of plants and people, a global garden, an educational charity and a social enterprise in one. You can enjoy the perfect day out there year-round, but its new Orchid Display makes a visit this spring unmissable.

Inspired by the tropics

Inspired by the tropics

The Eden Project’s exotic Orchid Display is being enhanced as part of its partnership with the Costa Rica Tourism Board, celebrating the vibrant tropical country’s beautiful landscapes, extensive wildlife and incredible flora and fauna. Indeed, despite its small size, Costa Rica is a biodiversity hotspot boasting an incredible 1,400 species of orchids, 20% of which are endemic.

Set in the heart of the Rainforest Biome, the Orchid Display captures the exuberance of the tropics and celebrates the extraordinary shapes, colours and scents of orchids. It houses a unique collection of more than 500 blooms, bringing together familiar varieties plus some you may never have seen before.

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Costa Rica is also a global leader in conservation and sustainability, making it the perfect partner for the Eden Project. With an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and twin tropical climates (Caribbean and Pacific), Costa Rica has much to offer visitors. Its 28 national parks encompass teeming jungles, rainforests and pristine beaches where you might spot spider monkeys, sea turtles, sloths or countless technicoloured birds. It also has more than 100 volcanoes, five of which are still active.

“Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) is proud to partner with the Eden Project on their orchid exhibit, which will be celebrating the diversity of Costa Rica,” says María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism, Costa Rica. “Our partnership with Eden Project comes as a natural synergy due to our shared vision on sustainability.”

British Airways has direct flights to Costa Rica’s capital, San José, while TUI has direct flights to the visitor hub city of Liberia. There are also daily non-direct flights, making this uniquely unspoiled part of the world easily accessible.

Did you know?

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• Costa Rica’s national flower is the rare Guaria morada or Guarianthe skinneri
• The United Nations has a base in San José, but Costa Rica hasn't had an army since 1948
• It is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity
• 26% of the country is made up of conservation and natural protected territory
• In 2018, Costa Rica was named the happiest country in the world to live in by the Happy Planet Index

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The Eden Project’s Orchid Display is included in standard entry. Book in advance online here to save up to 10% on admission.

BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine readers can enjoy 2-for-1 entry to the Eden Project by showing their 2-for-1 card*.

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*2-for-1 Gardens to Visit Card not valid at Eden Project between 24 Jul – 3 Sep 2019