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We are kicking off the month of February with pointed red caps, full beards and a smile. That's right, we are celebrating the Gnomes returning to the Smith Children's Garden and they are expected to arrive on February 11, 2012.

The gnome-nclature is believed to be derived from the Latin word "gnomus" and the Greek word genomos meaning“earth dweller” which means we can find them in gardens all around the world. Garden Gnomes are believed to assist in the healthy growth of all plants, so we can’t wait to see what the gnomes will bring to our Garden.

Most recently, the gnomes have been sighted by Garden volunteers at Earth & Fire Ceramic Studio in downtown Naples, getting spruced up for their big debut. Don’t miss your chance to see the colorful and whimsical gnomes and gain some good luck all in one day!

Bring the family to see a big screen viewing of the 2011 family hit“Gnomeo & Juliet” on the Garden’s Performance Lawn or to the Smith Children’s Garden the following weekend to participate in our gnome contest to see how many gnomes you can find. You never gnome what you will see!

February 4, 2012 — Movie Night: Gnomeo & Juliet

·Movie screening is from 7-9pm.

February 11, 2012 —Gnomes in the Children’s Garden

·Gnome hat-making

·Making gnome homes

·Planting gnome-size planters to take home

·Making seed kablooms and gathering pouches

·Count the gnomes contest – winning guesses will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift  certificate to Earth & Fire

Both events are Regular Garden admission.