my garden gnome

Gnomes aren’t to everyone’s taste, but I really like this one.

Other than two stainless steel orbs, a small stone buddha and two concrete bunnies, I have kept a lid on the number and type of “decorative accents” allowed in my garden. But I recently made a new acquisition: a gnome.

My British gardening friend Sue found it quite shocking when she saw him in my garden last summer. (She was even more surprised when she opened up her Christmas present!) But I already have a deep fondness for this little man. I’m not exactly sure why. It’s partly the coloring, which is nicely muted. It’s also the fact that he’s made of real cast iron. And I like his attitude: He’s strolling along with his head up and eager to see what’s ahead.

Gnomes have been around for a very long time and can be found almost everywhere in the world. The British web site Gnomeland has information about the history of gnomes, and best of all, has hundreds of images of different gnomes from all over the world. I didn’t look at them all, but of the ones I saw, mine is definitely the most handsome.

-Kathy LaLiberte, Director of Gardening