Gnomes star in garden spoofs [UPDATED]Published 3:39am Monday, October 28, 2013 Updated 5:49am Monday, October 28, 2013
Garden gnomes seem to be making a come-back in the United States, mostly in miniature gardens.
Even though J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, say they get up to all sorts of mischief in the garden at night.
Gnomes are not everyone’s idea of artistic beauty. Some people (with too much imagination or eggplant where their brains should be) see them as an oppressed minority whose civil rights have been violated by unscrupulous landlords.
This according to author Nial Edworthy, an English garden writer.
The first garden gnomes were introduced into England in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham.
He bought twenty one of them from Germany and decorated his gardens with them at his home Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire.
The only survivor is named Lampy and is on display there.
It-he-she, whatever, is insured for a million pounds.
The owners must be aware of the habit of travelers gnome-napping garden décor and taking pictures of them, in often strange locals the gnome-napper traveled to.
In France, there is an underground movement known as the Liberation Front of Garden Gnomes and there is a similar group in Italy.
These activists (as they call themselves) have been using the cover of night to remove hundreds of gnomes from peoples’ gardens and putting them in city centers to bring their plight to the attention of the public.
Some of these suburban terrorist deposit the gnomes in wooded areas.
They call it de-ridiculizing, feeling that the gnomes belong in more natural environment.
This only proves that there are screwballs in every country.
Most garden centers have gnomes in multiple sizes.
If they are your thing, the larger ones can be an accent for a peculiar, or particular plant, your choice.
Or a smaller one – a surprise hiding under a hosta. The very small gnomes are usually found residing in miniature gardens, either outside or in table sized gardens in the house.
House gnomes have not been known to misbehave as do the hardier outdoor types.
If you are fed up with fairy gardens as being a bit too froo-froo, maybe gnomes are more your thing.
After all, the French, English and Italians have been having fun with them for years.
A garden spoof by Bev the Gardener, A.K.A. Bev Johnson, an Extension Master Gardener.