Gnomes, Chelsea Flower Show and Ornaments in Your Garden

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garden gnome

garden gnome

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a hundred years old this year; and to celebrate gnomes are being allowed into the garden displays…

moon hare

moon hare

They’re also being decorated by celebrities in aid of the RHS Chelsea Centenary Fund which aims to promote horticultural skills, apprenticeships and school gardens.

hen

hen

Statues of one sort or another have been part of the garden landscape since classical times and gnomes seem to have first been used as garden ornaments during the Renaissance. The word is probably derived from the Greek ‘genomos’ meaning ‘earth dweller’ and legend has it they can walk through the earth or soil as easily as we walk through air.

birds and strawberries

birds and strawberries

Garden gnomes were introduced into Britain in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham of Lamport Hall. The last remaining original can still be seen there; although he’s now inside and not on the rockery, which is itself historic, being what is probably the earliest alpine garden in Britain.

frog

frog

Officially the gnomes are only allowed at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for this year but they have been ‘sneaked in’ to show gardens before and no doubt garden designers will continue to be rebellious in this way: a grass roots movement you might say…

old garden gnome

old garden gnome

As for the photos in this blog, they’re a random selection of gnomes and other creatures that we’ve found in our clients’ gardens. Oh and a railway…

model railway in garden

model railway in garden

Marie, Senior Partner, Plews Garden Design

If you’d like Plews to help you with designing a garden with or without gnomes do get in touch.

jack in the green or gargoyle

jack in the green or gargoyle

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  2. While I’m glad that garden gnomes are finally allowed into the Chelsea Flower Show, I must say that I’ve never been a big fan of the cute side of garden and landscape design. I prefer the grander, more luxurious look of stately English gardens with their elegant stone ornaments and clean and simple design.

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