In the year of the English Garden, The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction is thrilled to have scooped not one, but two trophies in the recent Cumbria in Bloom awards. In what is already a special year for the Attraction with its 25th birthday, the 150th Beatrix Potter anniversary celebrations and the highly acclaimed ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ theatre show; the garden’s success is the icing on the cake!
The award-winning gold medal Peter Rabbit Garden, replicated at the RHS Chelesea Flower Show in 2014 has yet again stunned judges and this year Gardeners Tim Wright and Penny Hinsinger walked away with the Cumbria Tourism Rose Bowl for best Visitor Attraction and the South Lakeland Tropy Award for Tourism.
The much-loved Peter Rabbit garden at the Attraction brings to life the drawings and illustrations from Beatrix Potter’s famous little books and highlights key iconic images from the Tale of Peter Rabbit. It features culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetables, wild flowers and some cottage garden favourites too, along with Mr McGregor’s greenhouse and slate and brick walls from the original illustrations.
Cumbria in Bloom judge, Colin Cheyne said of the garden: “Recreating the character and atmosphere of Beatrix Potter’s garden has been so well executed that you have to reflect on how much thought and skill was dedicated to bringing it to existence in a small and challenging location. The Attraction’s insistence on using heritage plants and strains along with no modern fertilisers or treatments is admirable and also great practical eveidence of how it can work so well. The garden and its concept are unique and receives total dedication from its gardening team.”
Stacey McShane, General Manager at World of Beatrix Potter said: “We are so pleased that our Peter Rabbit Garden has won two special awards in the Attraction’s 25th birthday year, not to mention Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary. We hope that it will encourage people to come and visit our award-winning garden and find out more about the plants and flowers that Beatrix Potter tended to in her own garden.”