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.
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.
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