Bookworm Gardens successfully connect nature and literature to enrich children’s lives.
The main feature of the woodland area is, of course, the treehouse, based on the series of chapter books titled The Magic Treehouse. Our Japanese teahouse and garden, based on One Leaf Rides the Wind and Sadako and the Thousand Cranes, is also located in the forest, showcasing woodland and shade loving plants. Finally, the cabin from Little House in the Big Woods offers children a chance to pretend they’re keeping house in a log cabin or traveling across the Midwest in a covered wagon. A myriad of other book characters call the woodland home as well; Winnie the Pooh, Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Three Bears, and lots of tiny fairies, just to name a few.
Water always seems to be an attraction for children, and our pond and island is already a favorite destination. Located at the core of the garden, the McElligot’s Pool pond is visually highlighted by a wooden bridge with a rope railing. Filled with aquatic plants and fish, the pond will enthrall children and their parents alike. Plus visitors to the Memory Area will be enchanted as they walk through the lovely and colorful butterfly garden.
Because children love critters, animals are an important part of the garden. In the Dinosaur Bones garden children will dig for prehistoric fossils surrounded by ancient plants guarded by a friendly dinosaur. Horton protects his eggs from his perch in a giant tree in Horton Hatches the Egg, while nests and eggs of other sizes offer opportunities for learning and creating. Is Your Mama a Llama features plants with animal names (bee balm, lambs’ ears, etc) while miniature plants surround the home of Stuart Little. There are sure to be many small volunteers wanting to wash Harry the Dirty Dog who will often need a bath!