Hundreds of garden gnomes invade Gig Harbor

GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- Gig Harbor has become the destination for hundreds of gnomes, and it's all part of a special fundraiser for children.

Garden gnomes are flying in from all over the world to be part of Mavis Butterfield's special fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.

"I love to help kids and it's a great way to give back and get readers involved," Butterfield said.

The Gig Harbor homemaker has become an Internet sensation with her blog on gardening and how to feed your family on only $100 a month.

The blog's become so profitable that she wants to give back, and for every gnome that comes in she'll donate $10 to St. Jude and its outdoor gardening program.

"Every day the gnomes come in and I just place them around the garden and it's kind of fun," Butterfield said.

The fundraiser is just two weeks old and Butterfield is already up to 116 gnomes.

"This is the rain gauge gnome," she said. "Steve Pool would probably really like that."

Butterfield keeps track of the gnomes using a giant map of the world. They've come in from as far away as Denmark and Chile.

It started with a plan to save a few hundred dollars shopping each month and is turning into a plan to raise $10,000 for a great cause.

At the end of the summer, Butterfield is planning a road trip with the gnomes, where she plans on delivering a few to gardens along the way to her final destination of St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis.