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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, Fairy Garden Make-It Take-It Workshops on May 4 and the Fairy and Gnome House Exhibit from May 4 through May 20.
 
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. Houses must be no larger than 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide.  Registration is due April 21 and completed houses are to be delivered to the Botanical Gardens either May 1 (12-6pm) or May 2 (12-5pm). All entries will be on display for the Fairy and Gnome Festival and the Fairy and Gnome Exhibit from May 4 through May 20. Winners will be chosen at the Festival, however People’s Choice voting will continue through the weekend. Various prizes will be awarded for both individuals and groups. The entry fee is $5 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $8 for the general public.  Go to www.buffalogardens.com or call 827.1584 ext. 730 for more information.
 
The Fairy and Gnome Festival will take place at the Botanical Gardens on May 4 from 10am-4:30pm.  Enter the Botanical Gardens’ enchanted forest for some fun with mystical friends. Activities will include fairy-themed crafts and activities, a magical scavenger hunt and Fairy and Gnome House viewing.  Mama Earth will entertain guests with 30 minute Fairy Shows with music, sing-alongs and interactive instrument playing in the Main Palm Dome at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm. Nick Presents Magic will also be part of the fun with shows at 11am and 1pm, with balloon animals in between shows. The festival is included with Botanical Gardens’ admission; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) $9 for students (13+), $6 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 enchanted Festival.  The workshop will be offered at 9:30am or 2pm on May 4.  Kids ages 5-12 with great imaginations are encouraged to create their own miniature garden for fairies or gnomes. This artistic workshop will use found and natural materials to ensure fairies and gnomes will feel right at home. A parent or guardian is encouraged to help their child create a home for their mythical friends. The workshop is $15 for Botanical Gardens’ members and $20 for the general public. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Containers, soil and plants are included in the registration fee.
 
Fairies and Gnomes will officially move into the Botanical Gardens from May 4 through May 20 from 10:00am-4:30pm to create the Fairy and Gnome House Exhibit.  Visitors will delight in over 50 magically creative designs built by individuals, families, groups, scouts and more from the Fairy and Gnome House Contest. The whimsical houses were created from mostly natural, natural looking or recycled materials. This exhibit is included with Botanical Gardens’ admission; $11 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) $9 for students (13+), $6 for kids 3-12, Garden members and kids two and under are free.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
 
Use #FairiesInTheGardens and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.
 
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