Once Upon a Time at Bookworm Gardens

A few weeks ago at the end of July, my mom, aunt, and cousin’s daughter decided to venture one hour north of Milwaukee to check out Bookworm Gardens, a non-profit, botanic garden based off of children’s literature. With a mission of “Enrich[ing] the mind, body, and spirit of the young and young at heart through exploration in a garden environment based on children’s literature,” Bookworm Gardens strives to bring children’s stories to life.


A map of the grounds

Bookworm Gardens operates solely on donations, and has over 65 different gardens to visit. Additionally, over 1000 volunteers have given their time towards the garden’s upkeep throughout the past twenty years. My family and I only spent about two hours here, but it was fun and enchanting.


To enter the gardens you can climb aboard the Magic School Bus, as Miss Adelaide did.

Do you spot Jack and the Beanstalk?

Of course, my favorite exhibit was by far Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ingalls-Wilder’s first book actually took place in up north, Wisconsin, and was one of my favorite books when I was in primary school. I remember reading the first book in 4th grade and absolutely devouring the rest of the series at the public library.

Do you spot me in the covered wagon?

Overall, it was a great way to discover more local secrets in the great state of Wisconsin, as well as spend a day with my family.

Do you have a similar gem in your hometown?



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