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Fairies and Gnomes Visit the Botanical Gardens this Spring!

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - Fairies and Gnomes are mystical and magical creatures and the Botanical Gardens will celebrate their charm with the Fairy and Gnome House Contest, the Fairy and Gnome Festival and the Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshop on April 30.

The Botanical Gardens is looking for imaginative minds to enter the Fairy and Gnome House Contest.  Anyone can enter including; scout groups, classrooms, families, individuals, neighborhoods or teams. “House” is open to interpretation.  Participants are encouraged to be creative to construct original houses, gardens, camp grounds or wherever you think fairies and gnomes spend their time.  Creations must consist of natural or natural looking materials and organizers encourage the use of recycled materials.  Intent to participate is due April 15 and completed houses are due to be delivered to the Botanical Gardens by April 29.  All entries will be on display for the Fairy and Gnome Festival on April 30. Winners will be chosen at the Festival and various prizes will be awarded.  Prizes will include Garden memberships, an hour-long education program at the Gardens for a group and more.  The entry fee is $5 for Garden members and $8 for the general public.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 827.1584 ext. 292 for more information.

The Fairy and Gnome Festival will take place at the Botanical Gardens on April 30 from 10am-5pm.  Enter the Gardens’ enchanted forest for fun fairy activities including: a special scavenger hunt, live interaction with feathered friends, story time, face painting, nature walks and some whimsical surprises.  Hands on crafts include; beaded garden stakes to attract fairies to your garden, magic wands and more.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the Fairy and Gnome House Contest entries and vote for their favorite.  The festival is included with Garden admission; $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+) and students (13+), $5 for kids 3-12, Garden members and kids two and under are free. Attendees that wear a fairy or gnome costume will receive $1 off admission.

The Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshop is also part of the Festival fun.  The workshop is offered at 9am and 3pm on April 30.  Kids ages 5-12 with great imaginations are encouraged to create the perfect fairy or gnome hideaway using acorn dishes, leaf fences, seed mailboxes and so much more.  This artistic workshop will use found and natural materials to ensure fairies and gnomes will feel right at home. The workshop is $15 for Garden members and $20 for the general public and pre-registration is required as space is limited. Containers, soil and plants are included in the registration fee and participants may purchase pre-made twig furniture for $5 per two pieces before or at the workshop. 

For more information, visit www.buffalogardens.com.  The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.


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