There are so many aspects of Beatrix Potter’s works that I have found to be beautiful during this project, however the illustrations and her attention to details in them has been the thing to stick with me the most. At the heart of her illustrations is Potter’s love and respect for nature. For that reason, my final blog on her works is dedicated to the beauty of the Peter Rabbit Garden located in the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.
Award winning designer Richard Lucas took aspects of the classic tale and infused it into the real life garden, which opened in the Lake District in 2009.
Lucas took great strides to make it as close to Mr. McGregor’s garden from the classic story. He even analyzed the pictures to pick out certain types of plants. One interesting point that was brought from this was the fact that Peter is not actually eating carrots in the famous picture (featured below) but is in fact eating a type of radish. For this reason, those in charge of the garden work to save the Long Scarlet Radish.
Various types of plant life is showcased throughout the garden and was brought in from various specialty nurseries across the UK. Caretakers and gardeners stay true to the idea that this is a real garden and allow weeds to take root among the flowers they have carefully chosen. Some of these include cabbage, beetroot (for a splash of color), gooseberries, and parsnip.
The Peter Rabbit Garden is a great homage to the exquisite work Potter spent decades trying to perfect. It has managed to find a common place for both beauty and functionality, just as Potter strived to do with her little books.