When I was a kid, my dad had this big garden gnome that he kept on his front lawn. It was one of those stone ones, with a red hat and pointy beard. He had a little shovel in one hand and stood there waving at anyone who drove by. My mom hated it! She always told my dad he should get rid of the thing because it looked creepy and old fashioned….but I liked him!
So what’s the deal with these little guys? Are they really just garden decorations or are they something more than that? Well, let me tell you: Gnomes are real and they’re all over gardens everywhere. And yes…they’re adorable!
You’ve probably seen them in various stores, or in your neighbor’s yard, but have you ever wondered where the heck all these little garden gnomes came from?
Gnomes have been around for hundreds of years. The first gnomes were created in the 19th century by German miners as a way to ward off evil spirits, but it didn’t take long for them to become popular as decorations all over Europe and North America. In fact, it was only after World War II that they began to be sold as garden ornaments and decorations for offices and homes.
Nowadays, you can find gnomes just about anywhere—from home goods stores like Target or Kohl’s to online shops like Etsy or Amazon Prime Now (which has free shipping!). Those who want their own set of little people can order them from any number of sources—and if you’re having trouble choosing which ones are right for your space (or don’t want the hassle), there are plenty of options out there with more than one set!
The garden gnome is a tiny statue that stands between one and two feet tall.
The garden gnome is a tiny statue that stands between one and two feet tall. They’re made out of stone, clay, or plastic and are usually between one and two feet tall. Their heads are enormous compared to their bodies—some call them “gnomes with hats.” Their faces are often painted with bright colors or adorned with wigs. Gnomes have big beards (sometimes fake ones) and wear funny hats on top of their pointy shoes that curl up at the toes like elf shoes
There’s something so warm and welcoming about seeing a little stone face peeking out at you from among the flowers.
There’s something so warm and welcoming about seeing a little stone face peeking out at you from among the flowers. The way that their faces have been carved, it’s as though they’re looking out at you with curiosity, hoping for a good time.
Like many fads that have come before it, gnomes first gained popularity through children’s toys and books. Back then, we all knew who these little bearded guys were supposed to be: gardeners! They’ve since become much more than just gardeners; they’ve become icons in their own right.
Today, gnomes are everywhere. You can find them on home decor items like pillows and lamps; lawn signs; figurines; garden decorations…the list goes on! There are plenty of ways to use them around your yard or house without paying an arm and a leg for them either—you’ll just have to put some effort into making sure that your designs look nice enough so that people don’t think they’re tacky (this applies moreso if the person knows nothing about gardening). That being said…
The gnome has expanded its horizons to include things like baseball teams and book characters.
Here are a few facts about gnomes:
- Gnomes have been around for a long time.
- Gnomes are cute.
- Gnomes are fun.
- You can find gnomes in gardens, but they’re not only for gardens! You can also find them on baseball teams, book covers and even as the subject of their own books! (Gnome on a Shelf by Carol Aebersold and Kensington Publishing Corp.)
Some will point out that these aren’t really “real” gnomes because they’re fantasy characters, but others enjoy having their favorite fictional characters represented in their gardens.
Some will point out that these aren’t really “real” gnomes because they’re fantasy characters, but others enjoy having their favorite fictional characters represented in their gardens. If you like this idea, welcome to the club! Take a look at Amazon and you’ll see a wide selection of them available for purchase.
As you may know, gnomes were first introduced into the mainstream through German literature during the mid-1800s (though legend says they originated with the ancient Egyptians). The earliest stories portray gnomes as sinister creatures that would steal children away from their homes while they slept at night. But by the end of World War II, most people had come to view them as friendly little garden helpers who enjoyed helping people tend their flowers and vegetables. So now it’s hardly surprising that so many people have begun trying to collect them for themselves!
Some people don’t own any plants at all and just scatter their collection of gnomes around their homes as a way of adding whimsy to the decor.
People who don’t own any plants at all, but simply want to liven up their homes with a touch of whimsy can choose to buy a gnome or two instead. They do not have to be bothered with the maintenance involved in growing or caring for living plants: no watering or fertilizing, no moving plants indoors during winter, no deadheading spent blooms.
Gnomes are not expensive either—you can find a very affordable set for under $10 (or even less!). The best part is that they’ll stay put wherever you put them and won’t wilt like real flowers do!
Gnomes are generally inexpensive to purchase, with most of them costing less than $50.
While the average garden gnome costs around $40, there are some that are much more expensive. The most expensive garden gnome is a limited edition statue of Pope Francis I, which costs $1,500.
The second-most expensive is a porcelain statue from Germany called “Der Alte Fritz,” which costs $600 in its original box (the statue is sold without the box). This includes shipping within the United States and Canada; shipping rates vary for international orders.
Other high-end options include:
- A wood carving by Joris Hoefnagel that’s priced at $100 per inch of height ($5,000 total)
- An animated brass sculpture by Andrew Bell titled ‘Beam’ priced at £375 ($500 USD)
Other people may prefer to make their own from clay or stone.
Other people may prefer to make their own from clay or stone. If you’re one of those people, there are several ways to go about it.
- Choose your materials carefully: For example, if you want them to look like they’ve been around for a while and have seen some things, consider using an old pair of jeans as the base material—just cut off the legs part (or whatever part you want) and use it as the body of your gnome. Then just dip him in water until he’s nice and damp, roll him up in toilet paper or newspaper towels and let him dry overnight. Once he’s dry, paint on his face with acrylic paints—and don’t forget his hands!
- Make sure that when you put your gnome together that everything is glued well so nothing falls apart as easily due to movement over time from wind/weather conditions outside where they live.”
Garden gnomes are real and they’re all over gardens everywhere.
You may have seen them while strolling through your local garden center or walking through a nearby park, but are they real? And if so, how did this little gnome trend get started?
Garden gnomes were first introduced in Germany in the 1700s as a way to add whimsy to gardens. They were popularized by German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who wrote about them in his famous novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. This romantic story set off a craze for garden gnomes across Europe and quickly spread from there!
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to add whimsy and charm to your own yard or garden, these little guys are just what you need!
As you can see, gnomes are a big deal for gardeners around the world. If you’re looking to add some whimsy to your yard or home, the garden gnome might just be what you need! They’re available in all sizes and styles, so there’s sure to be one that fits perfectly with your own personal taste.