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Garden gnomes have been a part of gardening history for several hundred years now. The history behind them is utterly fascinating, if not a bit bizzare.
But, before we get into those fun FAQs about garden gnomes, let’s have a look at 8 of the best garden gnomes currently on the market.
Whether for the protection of your buried treasure, home, or garden, or simply for aesthetics, we’ve rounded up eight of the best garden gnomes available in 2021.
Read on below and dsicover which garden gnome is best for you!
Top 8 Best Garden Gnomes This Year
This side-splitting statue from Funny Guy Mugs is the ultimate trio indeed; a garden gnome holding a cat while riding a unicorn and waving a pistol and American flag.
Totes epic… what else can we really say about this statue? Totes. Epic.
Last but not least, this Bare Butt Gnome from Design Toscano is another funny little guy we knew you guys just had to see.
Pulling his pants down around his ankles, a blue bird checking things out from a perch on his back, this dude makes a hell of a statement in your yard or garden.
6 Fun FAQs About Garden Gnomes
Here it is, the list you’ve been waiting for!
1. How tall is a garden gnome?
Most commonly, garden gnomes stand between one and two feet tall. However, some are taller. The one guarding our front porch is approximately 2.2 feet tall, for example.
Additionally, miniature gnomes that measure six inches tall or less are springing up in gardens and yards around the world.
2. Where do garden gnomes come from?
As unbelievable as it may seem, once upon a time, the rich and powerful of Europe actually hired people to become real life garden gnomes. The “gnomes” were given a small cottage-like dwelling, one set of simple clothing, including a pointy hat, and food and water.
In exchange, the garden gnomes needed to grow out their hair and beard, and pose for visitors, as if statues. They also needed to avoid talking to anyone who ventured onto the property. In other cases, they were expected to “dispense wisdom” to visitors. And, of course, they tended to the gardens as well.
These real-life garden gnome-like figures were a status symbol, more or less. If you could afford to house, clothe, and feed a gnome, you were considered truly wealthy.
3. Are garden gnomes dangerous?
It may seem like a silly question, but it is one that is asked with the most seriousness by some. While it is commonly believed that garden gnomes are simply statues, by most, there are those who believe them to be real live flesh and blood creatures.
Further, it is believed that garden gnomes, with their sharp and pointy teeth, come to life at night and run off any unwanted intruders onto the property that they guard. An article in the Writer’s Digest even describes how to survive a garden gnome attack.
4. How much does a garden gnome cost?
The cost of garden gnomes depends on several factors. The most significant points include the material they are made of, how much time goes into their creation, if they are mass-produced or hand-made, how big they are, and more. That said, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15 to over $100 for a decent garden gnome statue for your yard.
5. Are garden gnomes allowed in gardening contests?
Believe it or not, these gnomes are banned from some of the most popular gardening contests in the world. For example, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show had a long-time ban on garden gnomes that lasted for decades. The ban was lifted in 2012, but many contestants and judges still feel they are too tacky to be allowed in the prestigious contest.
6. What do garden gnomes actually stand for?
There is no singular symbolism for a garden gnome. Some cultures saw them as good luck charms, others as symbols of evil. Personally, the wife and I see our garden gnomes as protectors of our property (and our buried treasures). That said, they don’t get along too well with gargoyles because both are equally territorial.
Choosing the Best Gnome for Your Home and Garden
If you love garden gnomes as much as we do, there is no one best garden gnome. Rather, there are multiple best garden gnomes that fit your personality and property.
Hopefully, our article helps you choose one (or two, or three, or four, of five…) that’s right for you!
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