Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show

Wed, 2 Jul 2014 12:02:38 GMT

Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show

Our garden consultant, Richard Lucas, has struck gold at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Richard teamed up with The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction from Bowness on Windermere in Cumbria, and Hooksgreen Herbs from Staffordshire, to design and construct ‘The Peter Rabbit Herb Garden'The centrepiece of the design is a Victorian lean-to greenhouse, with scented geraniums in terracotta pots, old garden tools and a model of Peter Rabbit hiding in a watering can.

In front of the greenhouse the borders are planted with a wide range of herbs and cottage garden perennials, all set off by the red brick walls.

Mr.McGregor's vegetable patch was also represented, with rows of beetroot, lettuces, cabbages and broad beans. True to the story, the gooseberry bushes were covered with a net - the one that Peter Rabbit got caught up in, and lost his blue jacket, later to be made into a scarecrow by Mr.McGregor!

The most photographed part of the garden though was Peter Rabbit in the radish patch, surrounded by lettuces, french beans, nasturtiums and calendulas, with a backdrop of lakeland slate walls. On the other side of the pathway an area of garden has been neglected and so has long grass, dandelions, foxgloves and nettles whilst an old rusty wheelbarrow rests against the slate wall.

Visitors to the show continually remarked on how true the depictions were to Beatrix Potters own artwork in her story books, and they love the tiny details of snails on the walls and a blackbird's nest in the hedgerow.

Congratulations Richard and all of those involved!

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