A ‘SHOW-STOPPING’ garden which has brought the Peter Rabbit illustrations to life has won a gold award at this week’s Chelsea Flower Show.

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness took the accolade in the prestigious show’s ‘Grand Pavilion’ awards for creating a herb garden based on the well-known drawings, complete with radish patch, vegetable garden and Peter himself hiding in a watering can.

The entry was the brainchild of Richard Lucas, garden designer at the Bowness attraction, who worked with Staffordshire plant nursery, Hooks Green Herbs, to create the display for the Grand Pavilion.


“I have incorporated structure and focal points plus some tiny details that people will have to look carefully for, such as snails hiding in crevices!” he said.

“My wish is to make people smile when they see it.”

The garden features culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetables, wild flowers and some cottage garden favourites too, along with Mr McGregor’s greenhouse and theatrical walls that replicate the Lake District slate and brick walls from the original illustrations.

It has three distinct areas: a radish patch, a greenhouse garden and the vegetable plot overseen by Mr McGregor.

As in the classic books, Peter Rabbit’s blue jacket creates a scarecrow, while the gooseberry bushes that he got caught up in are also included.

The show began on Tuesday and will run until May 24.