The Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden

On June 8, 2017, the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden will be unveiled on the southeast lawn of the Abilene Civic Center. Included in the garden will be sculptures of the iconic characters from “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little,” as well as beloved characters from the popular Little Golden Books “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Three Little Kittens,” And “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Garth Williams was the most revered illustrator of his generation, and these works will be a permanent part of his legacy and Abilene’s cultural landscape.






Garth Williams Bio:

Garth Williams is one of the most popular illustrators in children’s literature. Many of the books he illustrated are now considered classics, including “Charlotte’s Web,” “Stuart Little” and the “Little House on the Prairie” series. He also illustrated more than a dozen Little Golden Books. Although Williams wrote some books of his own, he usually worked as the eyes of the author. His imagination made the words of others come to life. He illustrated more than 100 children’s books.

Generation Tree Leaves


Generation Tree Leaves:

One of the wonderful things about storybooks is their ability to convey the importance of values such as generosity, friendship, and respect, from one generation to the next. Often the values are discovered in a memorable quote, some of which have been selected to appear in special places throughout the garden.

To celebrate this special role storybooks play in our lives, a fifteen foot sculptural “Generation Tree” will be placed in the center of the Garden. Interested donors may honor in a lasting way the name of a relative by purchasing a leaf to be added to the tree. The names of honorees will be inscribed on a colored steel plaque. An individual name or a couple’s name will be listed on the honor board per leaf purchased. A certificate for the person you are honoring is available upon request.

Generation Tree Leaves
Honoree Name(s)

Garden Sponsors

Naming of the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden
W.B. & Sadie L. Adamson
Dick & Kaye Spalding
Storybook Sculptures
Charlotte & Wilbur – Betty Crowe
Stuart Little – T & T Family Foundation/Lale & B.J. Estes and Bob & Peggy Beckham
The Three Little Pigs & the Big Bad Wolf – Joe Hawkins & Kaye Price-Hawkins/Priceless Literacy
Goldilocks & The Three Bears – Patti L. Jones, Jay & Lindsay Hardaway and the AVJ Foundation
The Three Little Kittens & Mama Cat – Joyce Truitt-Geis
Spaces & Places
In honor of Julia Jones Matthews, Generosity Path: Dodge Jones Foundation, Kickapoo Springs Foundation, Legett Foundation
Jack & Joy Ramsey, Gratitude Grove
Hendrick Health System, Charlotte & Wilbur’s Stage
Darrel Knight & Dee Ann Knight, Generation Hill
Seymour & Gay Beitscher, Charlotte & Wilbur’s Devotion Hill
Chester & Donna Dougherty, Stuart Little’s Kindness Knoll
Ralph & Jill Heaven, Three Bears’ Respect Hill
Randy & Susan Piersall/Piersall Funeral Home, Three Little Pigs’ Perseverance Hollow
Billye Proctor Shaw & Glynn Ray, Three Little Kittens’ Responsibility Knoll
Julia Jones Matthew Family Trust
Garden Enhancements
Abilene Arts Alliance: Sculpture lighting
City of Abilene
Darrin & Terri Black/Black Plumbing
Bunkley Electric
Continental Cut Stone
Dyess We Care Team
Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, Inc.
Estate of Garth Williams
John & Tina Hunter: Generation Tree
Hunter’s Texas Stone
Ingram Concrete
Jeff Luther Construction Co.
J.H. Strain & Sons
Bruce Kreitler/Broken Willow Tree Service
Lauren Engineers & Constructors
Troy & Carla Limbaugh
Starks Construction
Texas Commission on the Arts
Union Pacific Railroad