With people’s differences come different interests and even different collections. Some are engaged into buying their favorite singer’s albums; a few collect books and comic of a particular author; men acquire numerous cars, and so on. At times, it is not even understandable why people have such collectables but who has the right to judge?
Anyhow, supposing you are into gardening and landscaping, many of those that have similar pursuits as you have become garden gnomes collectors.
What are garden gnomes, though?
Also known as lawn gnomes, these are figurines of dwarves that are put up and displayed in gardens. In Europe, sculptures and statues have been popular since before, and that includes the gnome. Subsequently, it has then been a staple in decorating and adorning the garden.
The gnome is typically a male with a beard, wearing a red hat and is usually holding a pipe. Variations in poses happened across manufacturers, but these elements remained, and which many have loved that they had a collection of their own. Several are created holding gardening tools like rakes and shovels, and others are sleeping and reading, among others.
One avid fan of garden gnomes is Ron Broomfield. He is past 70 years old and he is a retired window cleaner. He is indeed ardent and devoted as he has 1,600 gnomes that fill his cottage and garden. And he even named his home as the “Gnome Cottage!”
Gnomes have been prevalent as well in literary stories for centuries now, especially in children’s books and illustrations. A popular one to cite would be Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. They have invaded TV and movies as well.
With their bright faces and dispositions, it is not unlikely that many have been enticed by them. They perk up both the interior and exterior of the home and their sunny colors no doubt bring optimism. Perhaps these are reasons why many have opted to purchase and accumulate such treasures.
These dwarves can be bought in hardware shops and garden centers. You can also look up online (in eBay and the like) for more selections. Some unique finds can be pricey though so be prepared. Leeds garden designers can offer you their gardening and landscaping services too, so get in touch with them if you can.
Plastic, clay, porcelain – whatever they are made of, the fact surely remains that garden gnomes have essential roles in decorating the premises of the home. Not only are they physically charming, but they are also emotionally pleasant. They are characters that bring warmth and friendliness to the atmosphere.
So, if ever you are to pursue collecting these gnomes, like other hobbies, this can cost you a lot (as much as how far you are willing to go) and cleaning and maintenance is your responsibility. Time and patience will be needed as well as you hunt for gnomes, especially if you really want a big collection. With them, both your garden and home will definitely be pleasing and eye catching.