Oddly enough, Garden Gnomes made their first appearance during the Renaissance period. They came to life when drawings of Gobbi (The Italian word for dwarfs or hunchbacks) were created as ornaments for both the home and garden. Over time, they spread to Switzerland, where wooden statues of these magical creatures become quite popular.
It wasn’t until Germany got a hold of these small humanoid creatures that they really solidified calling our gardens their home and where most of us consider their origin. Made of porcelain, clay or wood and often featuring pointy hats with bright colors, their charm and accompanied folklore quickly spread to the European countries of England and France. Since then they have never looked back and have crossed oceans to the continents of America and Australia. The garden gnome has even become a part of pop culture, featured as the mascot for Travelocity.
But, what is it that attracts us to these funny little creatures? The folklore behind them has a lot to do with it. These fairy tale creatures are thought to be “earth” spirits that can walk among us, living in natural elements. It is believed that if a garden gnome is caught in daylight they turn into stone, hence a direct connection to these fun garden statues. They are believed to bring good luck and abundance to your garden when treated nicely and wreak havoc if they are angered. They can be playful, mischievous and gift gifting, all fun elements to add to the decor of your garden.
Next time you are contemplating incorporating garden art into your outdoor space, consider a garden gnome. Even more, have fun picking one out that expresses a side to your own personality or humor. After all, garden gnomes probably pick outdoor spaces where they feel most at home.
Greet your guests with a sweet garden gnome laughing in happiness. We can always use an extra dose of smiles in our days.
This darling garden gnome was caught meditating in a zen garden.
How charming and fun is this great escape! A wonderful way to highlight that tree in your front yard.
Looks like this little fella was moving too slow with his friend to get out of sight before daylight.
Garden gnomes can also be fun decor to add during different holidays. How about these skel-e-gnome ones for Halloween?
Well he is a bit cheeky isn’t it :)?
You can always go with the classic gnome look, like this sweet couple. Would even make a darling anniversary gift for that perfect couple you know.
You can even go really big like they did. Or just visit this one in New York.
Garden gnomes are a great addition to your garden decor with their colorful background, folklore and wide variety of personalities.