NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Go Big or Go Gnome! For its sixth summer exhibit, New Hanover County’s Airlie Gardens is thinking out of the box with Gnome Invasion, which will be on display July 7 through October 28.
Airlie Gardens has selected artists or teams of artists to decorate, paint, and otherwise adorn one of the 15 oversized five-foot-tall fiberglass garden gnome models. These garden gnomes will be placed throughout the grounds for guests to enjoy as part of their garden experience. A prize will also be offered to guests who find all of the gnomes during their visit.
This outdoor exhibit is a collection that will appeals to everyone. The artist’s designs have been selected based on creativity, craftsmanship, use of materials, the ability to appeal to all age groups, outdoor sustainability and durability. Learn more about the artists on Airlie’s website.
“The Gnome Invasion is part of an international trend to bring art to public spaces through the use of a fun and engaging theme,” said New Hanover County Parks and Gardens Director Tara Duckworth. “Airlie chose garden gnomes because they are a fun interpretation of typical garden gnomes found in home gardens.”
The exhibit is included in paid garden admission and free for Airlie Members. The public is encouraged to take photos and add #gnomeinvasion.
Airlie Gardens is a 67-acre public garden located in New Hanover County, North Carolina. Established in 1901, the garden is a cultural and ecological component of New Hanover County and North Carolina history that features formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, views of Bradley Creek, 10-acres of freshwater lakes, the celebrated 473-year-old Airlie Oak, more than 75,000 azaleas and countless camellia cultivars. The garden is made possible with the generosity of the commitment of the New Hanover County Commissioners, members, local and state grants, and the support of local residents. For information about Airlie Gardens, visit www.airliegardens.org