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Gnomes come out of hiding to celebrate MUN Botanical Garden’s 40th birthday

On June 20, a gnome quest is set as part of the MUN Botanical Garden’s ongoing 40th anniversary celebrations.
On June 20, a gnome quest is set as part of the MUN Botanical Garden’s ongoing 40th anniversary celebrations.

What lives past 350 years of age, and are 7 times as strong as a human?

You got it — gnomes.

“We have had gnomes here helping us keep the garden beautiful for 40 years,” said garden director Kim Shipp. “They’ve decided to come out of hiding for our 40th birthday, to help us celebrate.”

The gnomes are still a little bit shy after hiding for all of these years so, on June 20, you can go on the hunt for 40 of their homes.

After a long winter, the gnomes homes were in rough shape. Ten generous carpenters volunteered their time to help the gnomes with the repairs.  

“The volunteers came down with a strong case of ‘gnomeitis’,” said Shipp. “A disease where they couldn’t stop building the homes.”

Gnome homes come in all shapes and sizes, as you can see from a quick tour through the MUN Botanical Garden in St. John’s.

Each of the homes are unique, and handcrafted.

If you can’t make it to the MUN Botanical Garden’s on Tuesday, don’t worry, the gnome homes are a new edition to the garden’s, and can be viewed all summer long.

The Gnome Quest will take place June 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the MUN Botanical Garden.

Other activities for the evening will include:

·      Make your own gnome hat

·      Make your own gnome door

·      Gnome door photo opportunity

·      Gnome snacks (for purchase)

For admission rates please visit: http://www.mun.ca/botgarden/visit/hrsadm/  

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