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Gold Winner Public Gardens

Silver Winner Point Pleasant Park

Bronze Winner Halifax Common


The Public Gardens is one of those places that makes you feel like anything is possible---everything except walking on the grass. “It’s so beautiful, just make sure you stay on the trails,” warns one voter. “Just beautiful! Wish you could walk on the grass though. Picnic anyone?” says another. Little do they know there is a perfectly reasonable and little-known reason visitors are encouraged to stay off most of the Public Gardens grass: lawn gnomes. The Public Gardens gnomes are the last of a dying Victorian breed and seem to have grown bitter in their old age. Traipse across the grass and you just might get a pebble artfully lodged in your shoe. Sit in the shade and the mischievous creature will be sure to poke you with a twig just as you nod off. Of course, gnomes are solitary creatures so they always steer clear of the family lawn area at Spring Garden Road and Summer Street---you are more than welcome to unfurl your picnic blanket there.

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