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I enjoyed a trip to the Beatrix Potter museum at Bowness-on-Windermere with my family to see Peter Rabbit and his friends who made Mr McGregor despair at their antics in his garden. Having never been involved in these stories as a child it was interesting to see what my daughter and wife made of the museum and they loved it.
Very cleverly laid out with all the 23 stories featuring all the lovable characters. They even included the Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Garden. Within this garden were all sort of plants, all organic, which Beatrix Potter would have known and not only that the produce grown is used at the attraction as well. All the plants are organic and are grown as environmentally as possible which is what many people today are striving for.
Within the garden was the potting shed where seeds are nurtured until they are ready to be planted out as the weather warms up. The potting shed being the ideal habitat for these seedlings. The garden and the outdoors was of great importance to Beatrix Potter and her characters were from her habitat.
Within the exhibition, besides the garden, was a greenhouse which was not a million miles away from greenhouses which you can buy today. As greenhouses are important to me in my work, and to the world in general, I found this particularly interesting.
Not everyone is lucky enough in live in the country and able to have a dedicated greenhouse, if at all. A more modern garden building is the potting shed or garden shed and greenhouse combination and you can see examples on this web site. The Graffham which is a combination shed and greenhouse is a very clever building as this gives you a garden shed for storing your garden tools as well as a great greenhouse for producing delicious and fresh produce. This type of building would have been a great asset at Hill Top Farm.
Also very popular and clever are the Diamond potting sheds. Situated in the garden they are an half way house between a garden shed and a greenhouse. However, if the half glass roof is chosen, they allow light and warmth to flood in and this aids the growth of all your plants, fruit and vegetables. I’m sure that Beatrix Potter would have been very happy with the clever design which is not seen by any other garden potting sheds makers.
Beatrix Potter, herself, was a natural scientist and conservationist however she was a very clever business person as she was one of the first persons to copyright a character, Peter Rabbit. She also controlled who could use her work and it was the income from the royalties which enabled her to buy Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey as well as other farmland and properties. When she died the majority of her estate was donated to the National Trust for all the country to enjoy.
Another thing I noticed was that the interactive displays beside being available in the usual European languages were available in Japanese as well. Clearly her stories which were written over 100 years ago have worldwide appeal. Which makes sense as we all want to make the best of our environment as well as enjoying good honest down to earth stories.