Lauritzen brings legends to life

This exclusive exhibit, set in the garden’s plant kingdom, brings to life the legends and lore from around the globe and celebrates the links between the natural and mythical worlds.

The Lauritzen Gardens have a new exhibit called Fantastical Folklore, which brings to life the mythical animals from across the world and honors the connection between the natural and unnatural worlds with beautiful art.

The exhibit features many creatures like wood spirits, a kitsune which is a Japanese nine-tailed fox, dragons, tiny gnomes littered about, a Mayan sacred tree, Itzapolatl the “Obsidian Butterfly” from Mexico, an Australian Yara-ma-yha-who and so much more collaged together to make what sophomore nursing student Bella Grueskin called, “an escape into childhood stories.”

Located centrally in the exhibit is a 35- foot tall installment surrounded by logs topped with tiny fairy gardens. The rest of it is covered with vibrant colored floral arrangements surrounded by long green leaves

draped over hobbit-esque windows and a variety of colorful umbrellas suspended upside down symbolizing the area as a mystical dwelling.

According to the Lauritzen Gardens website, this indoor exhibit is included with paid garden admission which is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 3-12 and is free for garden members.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every guest must wear a mask when on the garden grounds even when outside.

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