This afternoon, I went to the Memphis Botanic Garden just as volunteers were putting the finishing touches on "Gingerbread Dream."
The exhibit opens Thursday and features a wild array of structures comprised of gingerbread, icing, candy, cereal, and cookies. It was designed by architect John Pruett and inspired by Gaudi and Dr. Seuss, which means it's brilliantly elaborate. The houses are "leased" by area businesses with funds going to Camp Good Grief, a non-profit helping kids cope with losing a loved one.
A lot of work went into creating the village. Among those pitching in: local theater's Bill Andrews, chefs at L'Ecole Culinaire, and catering firm Classique Epicurious and culinary-tour business Tastin' Round Town.
Here's the Entry Tower by graphic designer Pat Patterson of Patterson Graham and his wife Elise with their daughter, Kendall, a student in U of M’s Hospitality program:
The gingerbread people were made by Ladybugg Bakery.
This playground is the work of Tastin' Round Town:
And, yes, say the volunteers, at the end of the day, they are very sticky.
"Gingerbread Dream" runs through December 31st.