1 March - 30 October 2022 | Event, Public Event

The Language of Flowers at the Beatrix Potter Gallery

Venue: Beatrix Potter Gallery / National Trust in Hawkshead

A new exhibition celebrating flowers in Beatrix Potter’s art and life.

Four sections will explore:

Beatrix’s education in growing up with flowers – We look at flowers in Beatrix’s education- Using images from her books, as well as sketches, Christmas cards, and decorative arts from her Boston Gardens home.

Plants as food and medicine – including Beatrix’s copy of the Gerard’s Herbal, and original watercolours from The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.

Wildflowers and wildlife – including the watery buttercups that surround Mr Jeremy Fisher, and the briar bushes that amuse Squirrel Nutkin, and the host of bees, bugs and butterflies that fly through Beatrix’s artwork. As well as decorative art objects from Hill Top that Beatrix added to her personal collection.

Finally, we will finish in Beatrix’s gardens, and how she captured them in her little books. Including The Tale of Pie and the Patty Pan and The Tale of Tom Kitten, both set around Hill Top and the village of Sawrey.

We will also be updating the introduction gallery with a closer look at how Beatrix came to create the little books, and will show early editions and merchandise for Peter Rabbit, on its 120th anniversary

Follow us on social media

Skip to content