In the Potting Shed: Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit

Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

I’m hopping down the bunny trail with Peter Rabbit and

 in the Potting Shed for some tabletop gardening fun!

Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

I’m a big fan of Beatrix Potter and her charmed world of Peter Rabbit,

Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny!

Map of Beatrix Potter's World

 I found Peter Rabbit Garden Salad Plates and napkins on clearance

with free shipping at Pottery Barn. . .

Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

As irresistible to me as Mr. McGregor’s garden is to Peter Rabbit. 🥕🥬🐰

Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors with more than two million books sold every year.

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

The story of Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s garden first appeared in a picture letter Beatrix Potter wrote to the young son of her former governess in 1893. Encouraged by her success after having some greetings cards published, Beatrix Potter expanded into a little picture book with black and white illustrations seven years later.

Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Initially rejected by several publishers, Beatrix Potter had it printed herself to give to family and friends. Frederick Warne agreed to publish the tale if she supplied color photos for the book, which became an instant success in 1903.

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life | ©

From Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life:

Beatrix Potter was a late bloomer, gardening-wise. By the time she saw the first growing season progress through her garden at Hill Top she would be forty years old. In spite of a somewhat late start, the seeds of Potter’s gardening interests were planted early on.

Beatrix Potter at a garden gate about 1871

(Beatrix Potter at a garden gate about 1871)

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life | ©

If you’re a reader of my blog, you know I have a *slight* watering can addiction. . .

Peter Rabbit watering can with viburnum blooms | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

A Peter Rabbit watering can hopped into my cart at HomeGoods a couple of years ago. . .

Snowball Viburnum | © #spring #garden

It’s filled with snowball viburnum blooms, resembling white bunny cottontails . . .

Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Snowball Viburnum blooms | © #spring #garden

Floral garden tools and seed packet illustrations were added for some tabletop gardening . . .

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Garden vegetable seed packet | © #spring #garden

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Peas seed packet | © #spring #garden

And garden gloves hold flatware that’s buzzing with bees in anticipation of spring blooms.

Garden gloves with flatware | © #spring #garden #tablescapes

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit


Peter Rabbit Salad Plates and Napkins / Pottery Barn

Cabbage leaf and bunny salad plates / Bordallo Pinheiro, Tuesday Morning, several years ago

Peter Rabbit watering can / HomeGoods, couple of years ago

Garden gloves and tools / Target, several years ago

La Rochere Bee Glasses/ World Market, several years ago

Flatware / Napoleon Bee, Wallace

Peter Rabbit watering can with viburnum blooms | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Before you go, help yourself to everybunny’s favorite, Carrot Zucchini Muffins. . .

Deliciously moist muffins that sneak in some veggies, with the addition of apple and coconut!

Peter Rabbit's Carrot Zucchini Muffins | ©

Hop over for the recipe HERE.

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

Peter Rabbit table in the Potting Shed | © #spring #garden #tablescapes #peterrabbit

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  52 comments for “In the Potting Shed: Tabletop Gardening with Peter Rabbit

  1. Patti
    April 13, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Tried the muffins, and they were great! Next time I’ll frost them with cream cheese frosting and make them as cupcakes.

  2. Patti
    April 13, 2020 at 7:58 am

    Love your Beatrix Potter collection. You are so inspiring. Needed some inspiration on Monday. Have a great day and keep the ideas rolling!

  3. R Claudia Richards
    April 13, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Hi Mary, we have a common interest in Beatrix Potter. I checked out her diary from our library several years ago. She wrote it in code as she was not supposed to become an artist, as a young Victorian girl. It was just fascinating. She stayed mostly in the Nursery at the top of their house. She’d send her brother out to bring back a fresh road kill that wasn’t mangled. So she could study and draw the bird or creature. Downstairs, her father frequently entertained a great artist of the era, Derwent. Beatrix cleverly rose above this stifling childhood to live the life she chose. Claudia

    • Brenda
      April 13, 2020 at 8:53 am

      I didn’t know that! Fascinating and so glad she was a strong woman. Thanks!

  4. April 13, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Lovely post! Check out the Susan Wittig Albert Cottage Tales books, based on Potter’s life. They are heavily researched and delightful!

  5. Rita C.
    April 13, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Sweet deal on the plates, and even sweeter presentation. I was like Beatrice Potter – a late bloomer insofar as gardening was concerned (I don’t count my indoor plants of the 70s and 80s as gardening). Here’s hoping for a nice week ahead.

    • Rita C.
      April 13, 2020 at 8:13 am


  6. April 13, 2020 at 8:19 am

    1903 and the beauty of her works are still being enjoyed. Flowered gloves to house the cutleries? Now I have to find some flowered gloves ♥ In my garden for Easter I have decorated eggs and they are hung on branches stuck in the ground. I have the neighborhood kids hang the eggs. This year I had to adjust it a bit.

  7. Alice Genzlinger
    April 13, 2020 at 8:20 am

    I love love love the detail on your Peter Rabbit table. I must look at the table for a good amount of time to see everything. My niece is going to love this post as she collects anything with rabbits on it. Now that shopping in stores has come to a scritching halt I’m afraid going on line as become too easy. Thanks for taking my mind off the virus for a little bit.

  8. Lauren S
    April 13, 2020 at 8:29 am

    What a darling table! I love Beatrix Potter and your table is such fun to see during these difficult times,

  9. Franki Parde
    April 13, 2020 at 8:43 am

    It IS such a charming “tail” and adorable tablescape! franki

  10. April 13, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Thank you for this trip inside a fairy tale, Mary, the Beatrix Potter plate and napkins are too cute for words! Such a happy cheerful post, I shall from now on think of bunnies when I see the fluffy white snowball blooms 🐇

  11. Brenda
    April 13, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I did not know that history behind Beatrix Potter’s illustrations. That makes them even more precious. Thank you!

  12. Pamela
    April 13, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Love this! Beatrix Potter was the theme of my son’s nursery when I had my first child nearly 30 years ago. I’ve always been a big fan. I can’t wait to try the muffins. They sound delicious.

  13. Gail
    April 13, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Thank you for keeping your posts cheery and pretty

  14. Clara
    April 13, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Your potting shed is well decorated this morning Mary! Your Beatrice Potter watering can, salad plates, wheelbarrows & napkins are darling. A cheerful post indeed! Stay well and safe! Clara ♥️

  15. Shirley Graham
    April 13, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Have always loved Beatrix Potter & the plates you have are so adorable. Thanks so much as I always look forward to your potting table! So much fun! We have rain again today but maybe May will bring lots of things. Enjoy your day!!

  16. April 13, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Oh those plates, Mary, are so cute!! Thank you for all the history on Beatrix Potter, and for your pitting shed tablescape. I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

    • April 13, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Oops…meant to write potting shed!!

  17. Mildred
    April 13, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Good Morning. Your snowball bush is exquisite.
    Mine has been in the ground 2 years and has 1 bloom. So disappointing, but I’m hopeful for the years to come.

  18. Jacki Salinas
    April 13, 2020 at 10:49 am

    These plates are precious! I tried to order them but they’re not shipping to my area 😔. Your displays are beautiful as always!

  19. Dr. Mary
    April 13, 2020 at 11:00 am

    What a great slice of HAPPY! I love your attention to details and passion for research to make ideas complete. LOVE IT! You bring the world joy. Thank you!

  20. April 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Mary, this Peter Rabbit loving girl is in garden heaven here! I’m going to be pinning and pinning this post! I need to set a Peter Rabbit table! Thanks, Mary, for constantly inspiring me. You are truly an amazing stylist!

    • Ellen Martin
      April 13, 2020 at 11:50 am

      What a charming table setting with your Beatrix Potter dishes and napkins!! That snowball viburnum is amazing!! Thanks for your beautiful inspiration on a regular basis. I’m a very fortunate recipient.

  21. Jane
    April 13, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Very nice “Happy Monday” Blog. We truly need all the “happy” we can get in these sad and serious times.
    Thank you, Mary for your uplifting post!
    Everyone stay healthy and safe……

  22. Marilyn the Nurse
    April 13, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Wonderful post! I also love BeatrixPotter. Recently bought the salad plates on sale also. Just love them. Am going back now to buy the napkins. Love all your blogs but this one is just so close to my heart!! Thank you

  23. Joy Haff
    April 13, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Your display is beautiful. I too collect Beatrix Potter items but your display is way better than mine! On my bucket list is to visit her home in the Lake District of England.

  24. April 13, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I have enjoyed your display of the Beatrix Potter items, guess I have never known about them. I collect cardinals, part of my dinning room is for cardinals, even have cardinal curtains.

  25. Darlene
    April 13, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Wonderful post we all need happy!
    Thank You.

  26. April 13, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Very cute, like our old novel baker days! I too needed a little Easter garden therapy yesterday and pulled out some bunny fun. We finally have a warm week and the garden is starting to show her feathers, best therapy on earth!

  27. April 13, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Absolutely amazing!

  28. Liz
    April 13, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    What a charming post. I really don’t know much about Beatrix Potter so reading this is enlightening! Those are cute plates and napkins. The viburnum blooms are wonderful! You are way ahead of our part of the country!

  29. Paula
    April 13, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Ohhh, how I love Peter Rabbit !! When I return to England someday (2years is the goal) we are planning on visiting Beatrix Potter homecalled” Hill Top” !!
    The water can is adorable !
    Ribbit ! xoxo

  30. Bonnie Keearns
    April 13, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Your tablescapes always takes me on an enchanting journey. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter and are safe and well🌷🐇🐣🌷

  31. Cyndi Raines
    April 13, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Medicine for the soul! Absolutely darling! Love every bit of it! Five stars or should I say five rabbits! Lol 🐇🐇🐇🐇🐇

  32. Ellen
    April 14, 2020 at 1:50 am

    Beatrix Potter’s books are a favorite that have been handed down through the generations of my family. They were read to my siblings and I by my Gram, then by me to my Children and now to my Grandson, Benjamin. I call him Benjamin Bunny and need I say who is his favorite character?! He has vintage and newer stuffed toys of his beloved bunny. Did you know that Susan Branch also adores Beatrix Potter and has visited Hill Top? How I would love to visit there too. The Potting Shed is perfectly beautiful, I love the salad plates and napkins. The Carrot Zucchini Muffins are a must make for sure! Thank-you!

  33. April 14, 2020 at 3:23 am

    Hi there, just visited to wish you good luck. God Bless you and your family

  34. April 14, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Mary, Ella Mae and I are very big fans of Beatrix Potter. This post makes me smile and it is quite charming. I bought the plates also on clearance and free shipping. They were too adorable to pass up. I would love to get my hands on a Beatrix Potter watering can, it is adorable and perfect for your table. Thanks for spreading such fun in your potting shed.

  35. Sherry M
    April 14, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Mary, Thank you for making the world a better place. The sun is shining with beautiful Carolina blue skies overhead. A perfect day for gardening and bunnies is without a doubt my kind of weather. This is a beautiful post right down to the sweet seed packages! Beatrix Potter has long been part of my spring decorating, and my granddaughter and I watch the movie, Miss Potter, as part of our spring/Easter tradition. This year, that tradition has been put on hold, but we are one day closer to a brand new start! What an encourager you are.

  36. Bonnie Morgan
    April 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Very cute, Mary. I love Beatrix Potter. Your vignette is charming and delightful! Perfect to display your snowballs. Your tree is huge and the blooms are so big. How old is your bush?
    I must try to shop online. I’ve been working so hard in my vast wilderness garden I hardly come up for air.
    Your post brings back memories of visiting Beatrix house in England and watching the movie about her life.

  37. April 14, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you Bonnie. I had to look back to see. I think we planted it in 2016. They’re fast growing. I think you would love one in your garden. I would love to visit Hill Top one day! ♥

  38. Ellen
    April 14, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Mary, love love love Beatrix Potter!! I know of your watering can addiction and you always seem to be in the right place at the right time to catch those special watering cans!! LUCKY YOU!! Love your table too!!\

  39. Linda
    April 14, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Mary! I love Beatrix Potter! One of my favorite pictures to hang at Easter is one of two bunnies (not sure which characters they are) harvesting garlic. I’ve also decided I need to plant a snowball tree. I used to have one at another house that we lived in and I forgot how much I miss it. Hope you had a nice Easter….thanks again for all the loveliness, wonderful stories and fun facts you bring us! Your Potting Shed is a bunny’s haven!

    • April 15, 2020 at 5:39 am

      Thank you for your visits and sweet comment Linda! I hope you are staying safe and sane during these uncertain times ♥

  40. Ruth Walker
    April 16, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Mary, You always make me smile and or want to set up a new tablescape. Thanks for all the tips. tricks and beautiful graphics that you share. Wish I could just mosey over and visit your shed or sit at the table by the lake for a short while…in my mind will have to do!

  41. Terry Wallace
    April 18, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Thank you for posting this I think a lot of us had this sweetness in our childhood and to Claudia for the comment below that was very cool.

  42. Nancy Townsend
    April 19, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Loved your Blog today!! I bought the same plates and tablecloth. I had been looking for these plates for awhile and then one day there they were. And so I bought them too. My daughter and I are were supposed to be at “Hill Top” this week but our flights were all canceled! We’re trying again in August and hopefully we’ll be able to go then! I really enjoy your blog and have made many of your recipes! I think my favorite was your Chicken Chili you had for Halloween a couple of years ago. Loved it and all the “creepy” names for the extras for the chili! Thanks for always making me smile :)

  43. April 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    I just love this Mary! Beatrix Potter is one of my all time top heroes, idols and just faves, thank you for this, it made my day!!

  44. April 21, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Oh, Mary! This is so beautiful! I debated back and forth on whether to get these plates or the ones from Williams-Sonoma. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. I drove myself nuts. I ended up with the ones from WS and used them for our Easter morning brunch. I also used the Napoleon flatware, and I got the same table topper but in blue instead of green. If WS comes out with Jemima Puddle-Duck dishes next year, I’m going to be in trouble. I don’t have any of the books you showed in this post, but now I’m going to go exploring. Your Peter Rabbit display is to die for. Loved everything!

  45. April 22, 2020 at 4:10 am

    Thank you Mary for this lovely post! Scrolling through these cute pictures of your collection really made me happy 😊

  46. May 2, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    How beautiful! I love Peter rabbit and his friends.

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