A botanic garden inspired by your favorite children’s books…

(Sheboygan, WI): Next time you’re heading toward Lake Michigan, consider a trip to Sheboygan and work in a stop with your kids at Bookworm Gardens. Bookworm Gardens is set in an idyllic, wooded acreage on the UW-Sheboygan County Campus. Bookworm Gardens is designed as a botanical garden for the young to explore and the old, but still young at heart, to revel in the magic of children’s literature in a beautiful setting filled with nature and art.

Over 60 Children’s Books 

Over 60 children’s books are represented in Bookworm Gardens. Some Wisconsin children’s book authors are among the represented authors: Kevin Henkes, Lois Ehlert, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Little House in the Big Woods

Your kids cannot miss hopping aboard the Magic School Bus, rocking in an out-of-the-way corner in remembrance of Mem Fox’s Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, entering the Magic Tree House to go on an adventure with Jack and Annie, peeking into the barn to see Wilbur and Charlotte, riding in a covered wagon next to the Little House in the Big Woods among the tall pines, and looking up to see what the current forecast is in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Interactive & Unique Art

There is no shortage of beautiful, interactive, and unique art at Bookworm Gardens. You become part of the art via frames from Katie and the Sunflowers. There are also stone pillars with books in them in each of the six garden Gateways, so you can stop and read with your kids, grandkids, or to yourself.

Bookworm Gardens Event Calendar

If you are planning a visit, check out the Bookworm Gardens Event Calendar to see if your visit will coincide with a special event that might make your visit even more enjoyable.

Since it is a botanical garden, flowers and wildlife (of the insect variety) abound. The stories are beautifully woven into the garden surroundings. Hope you and your family can make it to the gardens!

Location + Dates

1415 Campus Drive . Sheboygan, WI | Open May 1 – October 31, 2024


Reservations are recommended for all general visits to Bookworm Gardens. Get your tickets here starting in April.

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