As mentioned previously visits to permaculture gardens in Victoria have had a profound impact. A new project had me believing that this one had again been inspired by these visits. However, when it neared completion, this miniature vegetable garden begged to have a little rabbit. It was then that I realised this small piece might actually be a depiction of Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Indeed garden inspiration was at work, but this time a visit in 2013 to artist and author Beatrix Potter’s home and village in Sowry, U.K.
While looking for the photos to add to this post I discovered just how deeply the experience was embedded in memory. Here is the Crazy paved path at Beatrix Potter’s first farmhouse,
bunnies frolicking in the field,
and no other that Mr.McGregor, with a new friend, sitting on a bench in the garden of a village cottage. Peter rabbit is there too- in the watering can.
The miniature felt garden was designed to be an educational toy. It has a pocket garden bed that will allow the vegetables planted there to be harvested and replanted. Because these carrots, turnips and beets are so tiny they have been attached with a cord.
In the bottom corner is another pocket, a burrow for a little rabbit.
This garden can be hung on a wall as a picture as it has a rod pocket on the back.It also serves as a story prop and nature table accessory.
In creating such pieces my aim is to share joyful experiences and the love for and wonder of nature.