I don't know how I fell into this one, but when I got an email from this shop in England I just had to post it. After the flowers and the nice table and chairs, don't you want to have just a little fun?? The Zombie Gnome up above came with the title LAWN OF THE LIVNG DEAD... but actually they're harmless: "Forget gnomes that go fishing, sat on boring toadstools you need these Ghastly Gnomes to scare the neighbours. At 30cm tall they are handmade from "terror" cotta so they're pretty harmless in reality." More cute choices below...
Garden Gnome:Noun Description
"A garden gnome, or lawn gnome, is a figurine of a small humanoid creature, usually wearing a pointy hat, displayed for the purpose of ornamentation on front lawns or in gardens. These figurines originated in 19th-century Germany, where they became known as Gartenzwerge (garden dwarfs). The application of the term gnome in English is first attested in the 1930s."
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IKEA Video: Attack of the Garden Gnomes
From RosieGirlie32: "This reminds me of the Ikea ad where a family has to defend their yard from the attack of the gnomes!"
Garden Gnome:History of Garden Decor
"The metamorphosis of the gnome into something which could be used as garden decor seems to begin in the UK with Sir Charles Edmund Isham, 10th Baronet, who was a landowner and gardener based at Lamport Hall, Northampton which is only a few miles away from where I live. It is said that he started the tradition of garden gnomes in Britain when he introduced some terracotta figures brought over from Germany in the 1840s. Only one of these has survived but is now insured for £1 million, goes by the name of 'Lampy' and still resides in Lamport Hall."
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This little guy from England - Garden Gnomes Home - is a total classic, even in a purple hat. A good starter gnome: "Made of traditional glazed pot. Measures apporixmately 15.5 x 14 x 43cm. Perfect for rockeries, flower beds an borders."
- Willard Hedgerow Gnome - $59
At 14", this handmade and painted gnome is a bit bigger for your American yard. Sculpted by Candice Kimmel and made in the Black Hills, ND, Kimmel gnomes are inspired by antique European gnomes. "Willard is a hedgerow gnome. These are the gnomes that live in our hedges, our bushes and sleep in the roots of trees. Willard is made of frost proof stoneware pottery. The colors are high fired into the clay so they won't fade, peel, or chip like paint. He may be left outside year round in any weather. Handmade in the USA."
Actually from a German seller on eBay, this gnome caught my eye with his earnest and less cheesy stare. He's a dear. In good condition but missing a wheelbarrow of some kind that used to rest in his hands.
- Vintage Large Cast Iron Garden Gnome - $5,900
If you want fancy, here you go. This 29" cast iron gnome is being sold by a dealer in Texas on 1st Dibs. All they say is that it's in very good condition and "early 20th century," At this price, it could easily get stolen from your yard!
- Handmade Pocket Gnome - $10
Cute! From this Etsy seller in New Hampshire, these "pocket gnomes" are handmade in your choice of colors and take about 1 week to make and deliver: "All my gnomes are hand sculpted without the use of molds and hand painted with many coats of durable acrylic and non-toxic glaze. They come initialed and ready to inhabit any shelf, planter, desktop, window box, shadowbox or cake top you wish (they are not edible)."