Monday, July 21, 2014

Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan

The Wisconsin Master Gardener Conference held at UW-Sheboygan in July, 2010 offered an opportunity to tour nearby Bookworm Gardens that were nearing completion.
Bookworm Gardens had gotten it's start when founder Sandy Livermore, began to share her vision of a children’s garden based completely on children’s literature that would nurture kids and adults alike, She contacted the late Bob Peterson, retired City Development Director, who set up a meeting with Ray Hernandez, dean of the University of Wisconsin Sheboygan. Ray expressed a willingness to provide a beautiful location for the garden envisioned.  Additionally he offered students’ help as interns, artists, and teachers. Once the Schematic Design Report by landscape architect Herb Schaal from EDAW of Fort Collins, Colorado Herb’s was complete, the task of raising the projected cost of the project, 2.8 million dollars, began. LJM Architects were hired to design our Hansel and Gretel Administration Building as well as several smaller buildings on the site.
The gardens are based completely on children’s literature with over 60 different books are represented, selected by reading specialists, librarians, teachers, and kids. Entrance to the garden is FREE to encourage frequent visits. The garden celebrates the diverse geographical region as well as our multicultural residents and local industries.

"The two acre garden offers the young and young at heart the opportunity for free, unstructured play in a beautiful and secure environment."
Bookworm Gardens Map
Learning Cottage & Secret
Hansel and Gretel Learning Cottage
and Entrance to Bookworm Gardens
Hansel and Gretel
A Friend to All
The Big Red Tub
Mother Earth and her Children
The Secret Garden
Bugs for Lunch

Main Entrance, Walkway & Multipurpose Area
The Magic Schoolbus Plants Seeds
A Girl Named Helen Keller
Alison’s Zinnia
Frankie the Walk and Roll Dog
Goodnight Moon
Harold and the Purple Crayon
He Came with the Couch
Jack and the Beanstalk
Planting a Rainbow
Tennis Shoes
The Giving Tree
Sarah, Plain and Tall
The Magic Schoolbus Plants Seeds
Where the Wild Things Are


The Magic Tree House
Goldilocks and the Three Bears

 Fairy Houses
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Little House in the Big Woods
One Leaf Rides the Wind
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
The Magic Tree House
Winnie the Pooh

Farm Garden
The farm and garden gateway acts as the center of educational programming. Raised garden plots are accessible for planting, nurturing and harvesting typical Wisconsin farm crops. The scarecrow from The Tale of Peter Rabbit guards these crops, as well as the veggies in pizza and salsa gardens. Sculptures and planters made from recycled "junk" teach children stewardship and enforce themes from The Tin Forest, while parents rest in the Sock is a Pocket arbor.

Peter Rabbit Garden guarded by a scarecrow
A Kid's Herb Book
Charlotte's Web
Click, Clack, Moo
Curious George and the Pizza
Diary of a Worm
From Corn to Cereal
George Washington Carver
Growing Vegetable Soup
Johnny Appleseed
Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots
The Tin Forest
Tops & Bottoms
Gathering the Sun
A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes

Pond and Wetlands

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Make Way for Ducklings
McElligot’s Pool
The Story about Ping

Animal Gardens
Dinosaur Bones
Diary of a Wombat
Dinosaur Bones
Harry the Dirty Dog
Horton Hatches the Egg
Is Your Mama a Llama
Playhouse for Monster
Sand County Almanac
Stuart Little
The Three Little Pigs
The Wind in the Willows

Memory Garden
Waiting for Wings

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge

Creative Expression
Katie and the Sunflowers
The Waterfall's Gift
Joyful Noise

The garden is divided into six areas, called Gateways, that are organized by theme. Books for each area are laminated and stored inside a stone book pillar at the entrance of each Gateway. Visitors are welcome to read these books while interacting in each area.

The lists of books featured at Bookworm Gardens offer some possibilities for addition to our neighborhood Little Free Library.

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