• Jan. 31 2011
  • Naples Contributor

Gnomes Invade Naples Botanical Garden to Teach Kids About Habitats


Gnomes Invade Naples Botanical Garden to Teach Kids About Habitats

NAPLES, FL - January 31, 2011 - Some invasions in a garden are welcome, especially when they are a group of eight-inch high, pointy-hat wearing garden helpers – also known as gnomes! On February 12, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Naples Botanical Garden will give visitors to the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children’s Garden the chance to learn about how we can all be a bit more gnome-like and help to take care of our own habitats during the season’s first Family Second Saturday at the Garden.  Admission to Second Saturday events is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children (ages 4-14). Kids ages three and under and Garden Members are free.

The Smith Children’s Garden is already a dynamic interactive space for ‘kids’ of all ages, but our Family Second Saturdays are targeted at making it a wonderland of activity and education,” said Brian Holley, executive director at Naples Botanical Garden. “Gnomes in the Garden is a whimsical event that will get children and parents involved in actively looking at what really makes up a garden and the various habitats we live among.”

Families can take part in a number of self-guided activities in the Smith Children’s Gardenfrom 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:

  • Make Seed Ka-Blooms – Gnomes leave wildflowers wherever they travel and so can you by making Seed Ka-Blooms and a pouch to hold them in.
  • Build Gnome Shelters – Learn about habitats and then help create gnome-size shelters out of natural materials.
  • Make a Gnome Hat – Show your gnome solidarity with gnomes and their mission to help nature by making and wearing your own tall, pointy gnome hat.
  • Search for Gnomes – Gnomes have taken up residence all over the Smith Children’s Garden and you can search high and low for the garden-helpers as they rest up.

Kids see things in such a different way than adults, it’s a great opportunity for us to embrace our inner-child and create fun activities and funky visual displays that will capture their wandering eyes,” added Britt Patterson-Weber, Smith Children’s Garden coordinator. “We recently had a Gnome Painting Party with over 30 volunteers who all put their own touch on clay gnomes and everyone is looking forward to a fun day in February.”

To go with February’s habitat theme, the The Curious Garden will be read live on the grass under the large royal poinciana tree, affectionately known as “Chuck,” during the regularly scheduled Story Time at 10:30 a.m. and during a special encore reading at 1:15 p.m.

The upcoming Family Second Saturday events schedule includes:

  • February 12 – Gnomes in the Garden
  • March 12 – Get up and Grow including 5k Fun-Run
  • April 9 – Go Wild with special guest Naples Zoo

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org or call 239.643.7275. 

About Naples Botanical Garden 

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Founded in 1993, the Garden re-opened to the public in November 2009 after an extensive expansion. Regular hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day. 

Visit our website for more information www.naplesgarden.org.

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