T. Smit, A. Kendle
Most people in the developed world know, and care little about horticulture. It is hard to see how issues like food security can be tackled without fostering a greater level of respect for growing, and a more literate constituency that supports a political and economic system that safeguards the plants, places, people and practices without which we could not exist. Unless we have that understanding, our infrastructure and investment in horticulture, as well as research and education in one of the most fundamental sciences of all, will continue to be dismantled. The Eden Project presents horticulture to the public through a rich narrative, rooted in history, exploring the timeless and essential nature of growing and our dependence on plants and, by extension the natural world. Funded as part of the UK Millennium celebrations, since opening in March 2001 the project has had over 12 million visitors contribute more than £1 billion into the local economy. The gardens and interpreted displays are designed to bring people face-to-face with an enhanced awareness of the need to work with the grain of nature.
Smit, T. and Kendle, A. (2011). THE EDEN PROJECT. Acta Hortic. 916, 153-158
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.916.15
education, environmental change, food security, public engagement

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