The Literacy Garden

The Literacy Garden

The Enchanted Land of Story

Float with clouds across the sky, 

Talk with trees and stones, 

Explore a desert island, 

Call a live oak home. 

Discover a topsy-turvy world, 

Under a mushroom ring, 

Climb over a giant’s knee, 

Hear the forest sing. 

Play in dancing waters, 

Visit a dragon’s lair; 

Return and tell the story 

Of what you did while there.

–Sherry Norfolk
Mississippi Storyteller and Author


Inspired by this concept poem, The Literacy Garden was designed to encourage language and reading skills among children 0-8 years old. Whimsical, literary-inspired sculptures, innovative technology, and native plants along with an edible garden combine to pull children into the creative, limitless world of stories and imagination. The Gertrude C. Ford Literacy Garden, or The Literacy Garden, is intended not only to meet children’s need for outdoor play and to create a space where they and their caregivers can become collaborative learners but to expose them to elements which are critical for language and literacy acquisition so they can become the heroes of their own stories.

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