After the movie ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’, the world has gotten to know more about garden gnomes. So, how much do they know? Well, perhaps that gnomes are cute and adorable, and that they make pretty good movie characters. For the most part and realistically speaking, gnomes make pretty good garden accessories. They’re just as cute as the characters in the movie, so imagine how they’d make your garden look more fun. But where did this all start? Before Hollywood, where did gnomes come from?
Traditionally, gnomes started in German folklore. One of the first gnomes made was in the character of “Gobbi”, made way back in 1616. Different versions of gnomes were made after, with some being made of porcelain and others from wood. Although garden gnomes were first made in Germany, they quickly spread to other countries like the United Kingdom in the 18th century. 21 figurines were brought into the UK but currently, only one is left and is valued at around a million pounds. Although garden gnomes have become a popular accessory in garden, they are also subject to many pranks, one of which is ‘gnoming’. These garden gnomes are usually returned to the wild, while some have been sent travelling around the world. One man was actually arrested for stealing up to 170 gnomes! And just one more fun fact – the largest gnome (with a height of around 5.4 meters) is found in Poland.
So how do these garden gnomes look like? They’re usually males with long, gray beards and they usually wear red hats and smoke pipes. Nowadays, more designs are being introduced with younger-looking gnomes being made available, as well as female versions.
As for your garden, you can append it to small platform or table, which can then be used as a small coffee table for your garden. You can even use your gnome as an umbrella stand! You don’t have to put it in your garden; these gnomes can be placed in your porch or even inside the house. Your garden gnomes can also hold little blackboards or placards where you can put down announcements. You can place these gnomes near your gate or your front door. Or, you could simply put your gnome in your garden. Sooner or later, you can have an entire collection of gnomes and you can create your own gnome village. Just remember to care for your gnomes – clean them regularly and don’t expose them to harsh weather conditions. Failure to do so might make you an enemy of the Gnome Liberation Front! (Yes, they exist!)