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Fairytales Come To Life For Children

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Fairytales have come to life at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Once Upon A Garden features children's storybook settings including Mr. McGregor's garden from the Peter Rabbit series of books by Beatrix Potter.

"We read ‘Peter the Rabbit' and we wanted to find out what was most interesting about the book and we thought the temptation of the garden would be fun," said artists Adrienne Outlaw, who created a larger-than-life vegetable garden at Cheekwood.

 "I think it's great," she said during a recent visit with her 13-month-old daughter.

The garden was made out of crumpled electrical wire.

"We made them very sturdy and we came out for the opening," Outlaw said. "There were about 600 children here and the thing that really surprised us is the kids ran up and hugged all the vegetables."

The exhibits are exhibit are interactive and designed to attract children of all ages.

Cheekwood President and CEO Jack Becker said the Once Upon A Garden theme is meant to stimulate children.

"It gives kids something to do, also it re-engages them with reading," Becker said. "We all think about how can we get our kids to read more and more and this is a perfect opportunity to re-engage your kids with reading."

Once Upon A Garden will be at Cheekwood until Sept. 9.

The price of admission to the Once Upon A Garden includes a backpack that contains activities and goodies such as pencils and books.

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