Famous Garden Gnomes

Undoubtedly gnomes made a strong comeback at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The first time we saw these creatures wandering in a Chelsea Garden was 4 years ago when Jekka McVicar introduced Borage to us. Unfortunately Borage was banned, as according to the rules, garden ornaments were not allowed in the Show.

This year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show decided not only to lift the 100-year ban but they also asked for celebrities to paint their own gnomes – Elton John, John Hurt, Helen Mirren and Julian Fellowes were among them. These celeb-decorated gnomes were auctioned to benefit the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Influenced by this year’s incredible Show, this post is homage to some of the most famous garden gnomes.

Let’s start with Borage who has his own history in the Show, back in 2009.
Borage the Gnome at Chelsea Flower Show

Although Borage was the first gnome in Chelsea,  Lampy is the Oldest garden Gnome in the world. He has a 166-year history which begins from his transfer to the UK from Germany by Sir Charles Isham, the 10th baronet of Lamport.
Lampy oldest gnome

Speaking of Chelsea, I couldn’t pass the opportunity to show you the celeb-decorated gnomes displayed at the show…
Celebrity decorated gnomes

…or the William and Katie caricatures exhibited by the well-known gardener David Domoney.
Katie and William gnomes

One more famous gnome, is the Travelocity’s roaming gnome, Phil, who has been the mascot of the company since 2004. Below you can see him visiting Golden gate bridge, San Francisco.
Travelocity's Roaming Gnome

Last but not least, Gnomeo & Juliet from the homonym movie. They may not be real garden gnomes, but they are still lovable and as famous as the others.
Gnomeo and Juliet



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