July 20, 2018 – Bookworm Gardens

Owen and Cam love Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan, WI and so do I.  Unfortunately, I  forgot my camera so Jennifer provided the photos for the trip.

Each small garden has a theme based on a children’s book.  Each has some sort of structure in addition to the plants and there are waterproof books to read. Here, Owen is reading a book (Harry the Dirty Dog) about a dog whose owners did not recognize as their own until they gave him a bath.

This is the only exhibit I noticed that did not have a book.  It is Whistling Straits, a PGA golf course nearby, which is owned by Kohler.  They are a sponsor of the admission-free gardens.

Just for fun, I found a picture of the actual clubhouse on the internet.

We had a lot of fun re-enacting the Three Pigs.  Cam got the house a straw, I wriggled in and out of the house of sticks, and Owen was quite comfortable in his house of bricks.

Andy played the part of the Big Bad Wolf

Apparently, the funniest part to Jennifer was me getting in and out of my house with an extremely narrow door. The boys got a big kick out of it too.

I had the most fun at this cock-eyed house.  I have no idea what book it represents.

The boys had a wild time inside, especially after I started playing the part of Baba Yaga, the Russian witch who eats small children.

They closed the door and the peep-hole, and the window.  I knocked and they opened the door.  Screaming followed and they slammed the door.  I knocked again:  “Pizza Delivery!”.  Ha, they opened the door again and I attempted to catch one.  But, they screamed and slammed the door again.  My best attempt:  knock, knock. “Amazon delivery”.  The opened the door again but I still did not catch a tasty boy to eat. I had to try to catch one through the peep-hole window.

Jennifer caught part of the live action.

Here are the boys at The Little House in the Big Woods, the first of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series I loved so much as a child.

Bookworm Gardens is one of the cutest and most child-friendly gardens I have ever seen.  Do some Google images to see much more of it.

 

 

 

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Bookworm Gardens

Aside from Shalom Wild Animal Zoo, Owen wanted to take Uncle Andy to see Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan.  He said it was so beautiful; he almost died when he went there on a school field trip.

Son-in-love George gave Andy a birthday present that we really needed.  I can’t remember what it is called, but it is a little post with a wheel on the bottom that attaches to the tongue of the tow dolly.  Now we don’t have to pick it up! We can simply roll it around. I am so happy and it wasn’t even my birthday. George wanted to hook the dolly up and pull it around to make sure the lug nuts on the wheels stayed tight.  So we hooked it up to Jennifer’s van and headed to Bookworm Gardens with the tow dolly rattling along behind us.

It was fabulous, a children’s fantasy land where stories come to life. I won’s say too much about it because I took so many photos and each of them is worth a thousand words.

B01 Bookworm Gardens Gate

b02 Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk. The Giant must have hit the ground head first.

Owen and Cam were enamored with this small sculpture of two children reading a book.  We passed it several times and they stopped to admire it each time.

b03 Sculpture Children Reading

b04 Kinetic Sculpture
Kinetic Sculpture
b05 Playhouse for Monsters
Playhouse for Monsters
b06  Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hatches the Egg
b07 Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie

There was a little house, but the boys were more interested in the covered wagon.

I didn’t notice if the gazebo was related to a book or just beautiful.

b08 Picnic Arbor

b09 Owl
Owl
b10 Curious George and the Pizza
Curious George and the Pizza

One of my favorite books as a child.  It might be hard to spot Charlotte to the left of center above the  beam. Of course, she wanted the spotlight on Wilbur the pig.

b11 Charlotte's Web
Charlotte’s Web

b12 Cow in Barnyard

Cam was expressing his engineer genes. He was absolutely fascinated by the typewriter in the barn.  He had no idea what it was but was intent on figuring out how to work it. I told him it was how people sent texts to people before computers and cell phones. He hit every key and returned the carriage many times before standing up to watch the letter strike.  Jennifer had to drag him away.

b13 Cam and Typewriter in Barn
Cam and Typewriter in Barn

Then he found the water pump outside the barn and tried to figure out how to get some water.  The pump was apparently not functional.  A sign said don’t drink the water.

b14 Cam and Water Pump
Cam and Water Pump

Owen and Jennifer found a patch of tiny mushrooms.

b15 Jennifer and Owen w Mushrooms

b21 Johnny Appleseed
Waiting for Cam in a Johnny Appleseed orchard.
b16 Owen in Cheese Sail on Bread Boat
Owen in Cheese Sail on a slice-of-bread Boat

b17 Jennifer and Cam w Bookworm

b18 Sneaking up on Papa
Sneaking up on Papa
b19 Waterlilly
Waterlilly in Fish Pond
b20 Grass
Sun on Grass
b22 Snake on Tree
Snake on Tree
b23 Bat Sculpture
Bat
b24 Gazebo Tree House
Gazebo Tree House Off Cliff
b25 Gift Shop and Restrooms
Gift Shop and Restrooms
b27 Magic School Bus
Magic School Bus
b26 Magic School Bus
Cam was driving and Owen was Operating the Doors. Miss Frizzle was nowhere in sight.

b28 Jennifer Crossing Bridge

b29 Three Little Pigs
Three Little Pigs

b30 Cam and House

When we got back to the van, George checked the lug nuts to make sure they were tight.

b31 George Checking Tow Dolly Lug Nuts

What a delightful park! I didn’t take any pictures of them, but there were also a number of real books for the children to take off shelves and read. There were many more books represented than I show here.