Monday, November 16, 2009

UW-Sheboygan's Bookworm Gardens to Open Next Spring

Screen shot from Bookworm Gardens homepage

Link to November 16 Sheboygan Press article, "Sowing the seeds of reading".

Excerpt: As the chill winds of winter settle in, the sounds of saws and hammers busily building Sandy Livermore's decade-long dream — a special place where the wonders of nature and children's literature intertwine — are bringing warmth to her heart.

"Every single bit of this is turning out better than I could have ever hoped for," said Livermore, a former landscape designer and founder of Bookworm Gardens, which is being constructed on a two-acre site on the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan campus.

The gardens mix many paths, shrubs, trees and environmentally friendly structures with a series of about 10 reading-themed areas based on 74 different children's books. Included are titles such as "Goodnight Moon," "The Magic School Bus," and the currently popular, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."

The first phase of the gardens, whose idea was hatched by Livermore in 1999, is to open next spring, though many of the small buildings and reading areas on the paths are in place and the project is drawing lots of attention as construction continues.

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