Mississippi Children’s Museum’s Gertrude C. Ford Literacy Garden

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The Mississippi Children’s Museum uses its Gertrude G. Ford Literacy Garden, on its first floor, as both an outdoor activity area and a gallery space.. The purpose of the space, inspired by the poem “The Enchanted Land of Story,” is to encourage growth and connection between children and their parents, Director of External Affairs Susan Branson says. “It’s meant to inspire conversation between parents and children. It’s all about developing language and reading skills,” she says.

This fun space looks straight out of a children’s book with its whimsical mushrooms, a tree house inspired by “Jack and the Beanstalk” and even a “word waterfall.” The garden also has a section where children are encouraged to help with planting and harvesting. — Ashley Hobson

WINNER: Best Community Garden/Nature Attraction

Address: 2145 Museum Blvd., Jackson, MS 39202

Phone number: 601-981-5469

 
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