garden information

Garden gnomes add a fun and decorative to touch to any garden.

Popular in the sixties and seventies, garden gnomes are now looked at as tacky and foolish. They are rated in the same class as the pink, plastic flamingo. Some garden shows even forbid their use! One man was arrested for refusing to remove three naked gnomes from the roof of his home. This all seems ridiculous, however it seems that putting a gnome in your garden is an invitation for trouble.

Garden gnomes are creatures from folklore that are small, short, wrinkled, and friendly. They are looked at as good luck charms. They are said to roam our gardens, and forests at night. A fun idea, people began placing plastic and ceramic gnomes in their garden as a whimsical addition.

Some thought another “fun idea” would be to liberate the gnomes. These people began stealing the gnomes and placing them in public places. They would also steal the gnomes and leave notes stating that they were simply trying to “free the gnomes”. It all seems like a childish game, but it has gotten out of control. One group of people stole over 70 garden gnomes and placed them on the step of a cathedral arranging the gnomes to spell out the phrase “free the gnomes!” The people who did this say that they were trying to discourage people to buy the gnomes since they felt that they were tacky, but instead it lead to an increase in sales of garden gnomes. Others who steal the gnomes send postcards to the owners saying that the gnome that was stolen is enjoying a nice vacation somewhere.

Police say the garden gnomes are among the most stolen items and several arrests have been made concerning the “abduction” of garden gnomes. In conclusion, garden gnomes, while fun and decorative, can lead to trouble in the garden, so be cautious when placing these whimsical characters in your yard!