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Sun, Jul 09


McPherson Park

Create a Magical Fairy/Gnome Garden

Explore the mythology around fairies and gnomes as you create a dwelling for them to bring home to your yard, patio or secret hiding space.

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Create a Magical Fairy/Gnome Garden
Create a Magical Fairy/Gnome Garden

Time & Location

Jul 09, 2023, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

McPherson Park, 1858 7th Ave Ct, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

Fairies and gnomes exist among us, and they grow particularly fond of those who provide them space to live within our human world.

Join us on an enchanting adventure to learn how to attract fairies and gnomes. We will build the beginnings of a homestead for you to keep, including house, pathways and a few additional charms. You’ll leave with ideas for how you can keep adding to the space throughout the seasons.   

If desired, hang out after the class and help create a fairy and gnome garden space in the McPherson Edible Forest.

Fun for adults and children alike. Open to all ages. Children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


  • Paint-friendly clothing that you don't mind getting dirty
  • Water bottle
  • Pencil and note book for note taking (optional)


Sliding scale fee: $35 - $10, based upon your access to resources. (Cost of materials has been added to the registration fee.)

Families or groups may register under one person if they plan to create 1 fairy garden together.

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount. Learn about Backyard Abundance membership.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator of your class.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Anne Ventullo is an eco-therapist who specializes in honoring connections through ritual and creativity. She can often be found wandering the forest with her dogs or tending to her backyard garden.


James Alan McPherson Park

1858 7th Ave Court, Iowa City


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners and was funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please  frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of  time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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