ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – It’s a dream come true, for Pam Tippen, an Abilene resident who helped bring the Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center to life.
“We also wanted to create a place where people could spend time and enjoy the sculptures,” Tippen explains.
It’s a vision for many in the community turned into a reality, “It’s not what I’ve done. It’s what Abilene has done. I cannot even venture a guess at the number of volunteer hours that were put into this place,” adds Tippen.
The bronze characters celebrate cherished children’s stories, while the garden grants a unique experience.
Tippen says, “There’s a special feeling when you come out here. It’s also an energized feeling with children out here running through the pathways.”
From the trees, the benches, the quotes, it’s something Tippen believes the community should be proud of, “To me this epitomizes the heart of Abilene.”
Tippen wants to preserve the property for generations to come, ” I was walking through the garden. I would see weed or a dead tendril, I couldn’t help but to pull them out.”
Tippen’s favorite sculpture is Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web, “She is watching over the entire garden. In the story, Charlotte didn’t live forever but what Charlotte did was pass on the responsibility and the care of the barnyard to all of her children. That’s what we want the garden to be. We want this to be passed onto the next generation and the next generation.
While the Thursday night portion of the CALF was free to attend, you will need to purchase a ticket to participate in Friday and Saturday’s festival activities. You can purchase a ticket at teh T & P Depot in downtown Abilene.