Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Beatrix Potter's World

During the dark, cold, often damp days of winter many a Lakeland garden is at its lowest ebb and as garden lovers we seek a little shelter from the elements in which to pursue our interest...

Fortunately we can spend a happy hour or two looking into the life and work of that most famous Lakeland resident and benefactor Beatrix Potter and her literary progeny Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten, and all the rest. Through them and the simple tales they tell we gain an appreciation for nature and the Cumbrian countryside. Through her legacy, the National Trust, we can all share in the beauty of this wonderful natural asset.

At the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness, we can explore indoors the recreated scenes from all her stories and see those larger than life characters brought back to life. Then on to the real surprise here - a charming, newly created garden guaranteed to look good 365 days a year.

The garden is small but full of detail and of course packed with references to the people, places and events in the celebrated books. A wonderful and evocative lean-to Victorian greenhouse with old tools and a lovely collection of clay potted, scented geraniums completes the scene.

Beatrix Potter herself would have felt at home in this garden. Peter Rabbit and friends certainly do!

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