Friday, 12 February 2016

Praise for Beatrix Potter inspired garden

A SMALL piece of the Lake District has proved popular on the other side of the world.

Grange hotelier Jonathan Denby’s bronze medal-winning Gardening World Cup exhibit opened to the public on Saturday.

Hundreds of people descended on Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan, to visit the show.

Mr Denby’s Beatrix Potter inspired garden is based around a Lake District cottage.

He is hoping visitors will be so enthralled by his Peter Rabbit creation, that they will nominate his entry for the People’s Award.

Mr Denby said: “It is so lovely to get to see how enthusiastic the Japanese public are about my Lake District garden.

“So many people can’t afford to go to England to see the Lake District, so I have brought a little bit of it here for them.”

The event theme of World Peace will see money raised from entry fees go towards tsunami relief charities, following March’s earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Narata Ikuko, from Fukuoka, came with her daughter to the show. She said: “It is the same as in the book of Peter Rabbit.

“He is almost jumping out of the book.

“I like that there is not only flowers, but vegetables too.”

Tsuchiyama Hisako, from Kumamoto, voted for Mr Denby’s garden as part of the People’s Award.

Mrs Tsuchiyama said: “We are planning to have a garden at our house and grow vegetables there, so it is good to see how it is set out.

“We will take ideas from this garden to our home.

“I like the mixture of vegetables and flowers, so it is a very good garden.

“It is not just for eating, but they are pretty to look at too.”

Takatsu Akemi came to the event from Hiroshima with friends from Kyoto.

Mrs Takatsu said: “This garden is more for living than art.

“It is not ornamental, so we want to live here with this garden.

“We love this kind of garden with vegetables and flowers together.”

A champion of the Slow Life movement, where people grow their own food at home, Mr Denby is thrilled with how the public have taken to the idea.

He said: “We hope we may start a new trend for vegetable farming at home in Japan.

“It has been all the rage in England for the past few years, so I would be glad to have done my part for Slow Life in Japan.”

The gardens are on show to the public for a month in the grounds of Huis Ten Bosch palace.

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