The Ithaca Children's Garden, located in Ithaca, New York, was founded in 1997. It covers three acres and features an assortment of gardens. One of the most notable attractions is a 30 foot by 60 foot snapping turtle named Gaia (from mythology, Gaia is Mother Earth). On its back is a lunar calendar.
Other features include a Straw-bale Troll House, Wetlands, an edible garden where kids can harvest their own fruits and vegetables (like strawberries and asparagus), a Sod Salamander (and other sod sculptures), a meadow with lovely flowering perennials, a labyrinth, a bird habitat, and a large pin-oak tree, affectionately called the "reading tree."The gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
I'm continuing my online book tour to promote my book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China. Today's stop is at Bookworm for Kids blog. Please stop by to read an excerpt from the book and enter to win a copy.
In case you're interested, yesterday's stop was at The Story of a Writer. You can enter to win and read a different excerpt there.