Think garden gnomes

I will not show you the typical garden gnomes you are expecting. When I chose to write about them I was planning to post one tacky picture and ask for your opinion. But I suddenly bumped into lots of information about gnomes and decided to go one step further.

Let’s start with a definition according to Wikipedia: “A garden gnome or lawn gnome is a figurine of a small humanoid creature, usually wearing a pointy hat, produced for the purpose of ornamentation and protection from evil sorcery, typically of gardens or on lawns. These figurines originate in 19th century Germany, where they became known as Gartenzwerg (literally “garden dwarf”). The application of the term gnome in English is first attested in the 1930s.”

I expect you to either love or hate garden gnomes. But here is a fact, hundreds of them are sold every year around the world and some of the most important consumers are in France and Germany.

The luxury brand Mulberry presented the Summer collection (English Garden) at Claridge’s with a full display of chic garden gnomes:

Gnomes at Claridges, photo from
Gnomes at Claridge’s, photo from
Mulberry Spring/Summer 2013
Mulberry Spring/Summer 2013

There are gnomes for every taste and garden. But Hunt for Design found these two recently and wondered what do you think? Are they tacky, cool, kitsch or simply awesome?

Garden gnome at The Chelsea Gardener
Garden gnome at The Chelsea Gardener
Garden gnome at The Chelsea Gardener
Garden gnome at The Chelsea Gardener
It seems they are having fun
It seems they are having fun

I remember about two years ago, these other versions were so popular they were in every shop window; a scarier option that you could find in every colour.

Gnome in a hockey mask
Gnome in a hockey mask
Another scary gnome

Can you remember the traveller gnome that Amélie Poulain stole from her dad? Well, I also discovered there is a group of people called the Garden Gnome Liberationists. This is their website. It consists of, well, basically stealing the gnomes from people’s houses.

I truly believe in individuality. If you like a gnome in your garden, go for it. What do you think?

Here are some related links:

The History of Garden Gnomes


Claridge’s Hotel

The Chelsea Gardener


One Comment Add yours

  1. you should come visit us at Battersea Flower Station …. we’ve got a bit of a thing for (cool) gnomes!

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