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Take a trip to sun via Cloud Garden

PUBLISHED: 18:00 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:35 23 August 2010

WELL, dearest readers, here we are again with spring gliding its thought-provoking visual delights over our warming bodies. The Daffs are absolutely stunning this year. But there s something new and horticulturally exciting emerging from the depths of th

WELL, dearest readers, here we are again with spring gliding its thought-provoking visual delights over our warming bodies.

The Daffs are absolutely stunning this year. But there's something new and horticulturally exciting emerging from the depths of the World Garden this year - the new temperate house, now slickly re-named by Sylvia (part of the Lullingstone Team) the Cloud Garden. The 50ft long, 33ft wide and 15ft high bubblewrap-in-appearance, distinct structure was constructed at the end of January.

Since then, it's been up to the Lullingstone team to design the inside and get planting with hundreds of varieties of plants by the end of this week for its unveiling this Saturday. And we've still got the designs to finish and the plants to plant! I love a challenge.

The idea of this wondrous Cloud Garden is to transport visitors once they step through its spanking new doors to far-flung climes such as New Zealand, South Africa and North America. The wacky planting itself, to include carnivorous pitchers plants from North America, stunningly sexy tree ferns from New Zealand and knock out tree dandelions from the Canary Islands, will at least get you to Gatwick Airport!

Sounds of Amazonian bird noises, courtesy of a stereo system, a water feature and small smoke machine will help you get to your far-flung destination!

But wowsers, readers, it's been knackering - Mr Adrian, Jim, Jo and I started building the internal pathway only at 5am last Saturday morning. The Lullingstone Team has pulled together, with Sylvia, Keith, Iris, Jo, Alan, Sarah and Pauline really getting stuck in.

Readers, I assure you that by this Saturday at noon Cloud Garden will be up and running... I hope!

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