There will be 12 gnomes to find and mark off your map. Successful completion results in a prize. (Pixabay File)

Twelve gnomes lost in Butchart Gardens – can your kids help find them?

Activity available for three days leading up to Father’s Day

Butchart Gardens’ 12 gnomes are hiding and need some junior detectives to track them down.

For three days leading up to Father’s Day, youngsters and teenagers are being challenged to find the missing gnomes, and mark their locations on a map.

ALSO READ: Seeds of dissent growing on Peninsula farms

From June 14 to 16, the mischievous little geezers will be spread all over the gardens, with completed maps earning the bearer “a sugary treat.”

Now in it’s sixth year, the Gnome Hunt attracts hundreds of junior detectives and their families, and organizers advise those wishing for a quieter experience to get their maps early. Doors open at 8:45 a.m.

“It’s a great addition to the experience at the gardens,” says Josh Bickerton, Supervisor of Sales, Marketing and Public Relations.

“We’re full of colour, the weather’s been very cooperative and it’s a nice activity for families to celebrate Father’s Day.”

Maps can be picked up at the Visitor Centre and the hunt is included in the price of admission. No advance tickets are required.

ALSO READ: New photos help identify mystery creature found on Peninsula beach

Bickerton advises families to save time for the Rose Carousel afterwards, a menagerie of 30 hand-carved wooden animals and chariots, which is a perennial visitor favourite.

Butchart Gardens is an established attraction on the Saanich Peninsula and boasts 55 acres of garden, 900 varieties of bedding plants, 26 greenhouses and a platoon of 50 full-time gardeners. The gardens have a busy summer ahead of them, including 10 night-time fireworks shows, commencing on June 29.

For information about the Gnome Hunt or the other activities on offer visit butchartgardens.com.



nick.murray@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Human behaviour likely to deter birds from Esquimalt Lagoon, survey suggests

More Great Blue Herons spotted, fewer mallard ducks seen

Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre to host a trio of acts

Aaron Pritchett, Alex Cuba and Valdy will each play four shows

PHOTOS: A morning in a physically-distanced Victoria

Residents commute in a pandemic-changed city

Large Saanich Police presence seen at Mount Douglas Park

Ambulance vehicles have also appeared in the area

North Saanich residents to comment on library plans

Public hearing scheduled for Monday

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Most Read