Hobbiton is a wonderful place to visit
I haven’t read Tolkein’s The Hobbit for a few years, but greatly enjoyed the films, so couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit the Hobbiton film set when I was in New Zealand a few weeks ago.
Ruth at Hobbiton
The film set was built to last as a tourist attraction after the filming had finished and each home was completely believable with its own back-story…
Most hobbits are clearly gardeners. There are 44 hobbit homes in Hobbiton, and nearly every one had a beautiful front garden.
Hobbiton is a well-defined society with each home having its own character – there is even a cluster of alms houses and a communal veg plot. Fruit trees grow everywhere.
A pretty Hobbiton house with herb dryer hanging by the front door
The communal veg plot at Hobbiton clearly utilises companion planting
Herbs growing in the veg plot – lavender and nasturtiums
Another herb in the vegetable plot – lemon verbena
This Hobbit likes salvias
I saw quite a few front doors with an echinacea plant nearby – Hobbits see the importance of boosting their immune systems!
Was this Hobbit responsible for herbal tinctures and decoctions?
Beekeeping not only provides a source of food, but also beneficial pollinators
Hobbits have time for natural crafts such as decorating gourds
Bag End is the most important house in Hobbiton and has a beautiful front garden with echinacea
Fruit growing in front of Sam’s front door
Sam has left his waistcoat outside. He has a bunch of herbs drying by his door.
I commented to my travelling companion that I would prefer a water-front apartment if I were a Hobbit!
A great afternoon out for herbalists and non-herbalists alike!