Garden gnomes are said to have originated in Germany in the 1800’s. According to legend, the gnomes are supposed to help out in the garden after dark, when no one can see them moving around. Since they were first introduced to German gardens, the popularity of garden gnomes has spread worldwide. Gnomes have even become part of advertising, as with Travelocity’s “Roaming Gnome”. Many people enjoy them for their whimsy, but garden gnomes are often frowned upon by serious gardeners and gardening shows. Gnomes are therefore most common in suburban gardens.
Garden gnome statues can be found in different materials and sizes. For materials, the most popular are ceramic garden gnomes and plastic garden gnomes. Resin and terracotta gnomes are also made. You should keep your garden’s style in mind when choosing a gnome. For example, plastic garden gnomes will look better in a garden with other plastic ornaments or a small garden that is rather informal. Keep your garden in mind when choosing what size of garden gnome to buy, too. For homeowners with gardens full of tall plants, a large garden gnome is recommended, so that it is visible among the foliage. But giant garden gnomes may be overkill in a garden with lots of short plants, or lots of groundcover-a smaller gnome would work best in this type of garden.
Before you buy a garden gnome, consider what statement you want your gnome to make. Garden gnomes are available in a wide variety of styles and moods. There are funny garden gnomes, one example of which is the mooning garden gnome, to evil garden gnomes, and everything in between. You may also find a seasonal use for your garden gnomes. Scary garden gnomes may be best displayed at Halloween, then stored for the rest of the year.
A popular activity involving garden gnomes is their liberation. Many people will actually “free” garden gnomes by stealing them from the gardens. There are even online websites devoted to stopping the oppression of the garden gnome. So if you wish to display a garden gnome, anchor it firmly in the ground to ensure its “captivity” in your garden.
Many home and garden stores offer garden gnomes for sale. The typical garden gnome is male, with a long beard and red hat, but there are other forms available. The garden gnome is depicted in a wide range of activities, including digging, pushing a wheelbarrow, or even sleeping the day away. With a little bit of looking, you can easily find the right gnome for your garden, and most importantly, your family’s personality.