Take a Tour of Hobbiton and Its Normal-Sized Vegetable Garden

When Peter Jackson returned to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien to film The Hobbit trilogy, he understandably wanted to reconstruct the set for the pint-sized village of Hobbiton. Based on the first movie’s huge opening weekend, the structures and greenery that make up this real-life Hobbiton look to be safe for a few years.

But Jackson wanted to go one step further and set up the movie set as a year-round tourist attraction for fans who weren’t satiated by almost three hours in his magical IMAX 3D High Frame Rate wonderland in theaters. It features The Green Dragon Bar from the series, all the cute Hobbit Hole houses (although you can’t go inside of them), and of course a cafe and gift shop for all the owners’ moneymaking needs.


What takes this standard theme park fare to the next level is the year-round working vegetable garden growing bok choy, onions, broad beans, brassicas, artichokes, and silver beet according to tipster and honorary hobbit gardener and horticulture student Daniel from New Zealand’s Waikato Institute of Technology. He also describes the careful maintenance of the gardens and shrubbery must be done to look like the work was performed in a pre-industrial era.

Visitors can also visit the nearby sheep farm located on the Alexander Family Farm where Hobbiton was constructed. A petting zoo where you can bottle feed a lamb and hand feed a sheep? Sold.

via TreeHugger / photo courtesy of dannychopsnz


Minas Tirith Wedding Cake Because You Can’t Stop Nerd Love

Do you love LOTR, but find the Eye of Sauron wedding cake a bit dark for your tastes? Check out The Cake Geek’s beautiful edible rendition of Minas Tirith. Florida-based owner Audrey Konyha Vigh bakes all of her highly detailed cakes from her home; her dream is to someday have a small bakery outside of her house. The full transformation of the cake from start to finish can be viewed on her facebook page. This is a lovely alternative for geeky LOTR-lovers who are not itching to tie the knot with a bite of pure evil.

via The Cake Geek