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Garden Gnomes

Updated on February 24, 2013


I have always loved the "Little Fellas" so have decided to write this Squidoo Lens all about Garden Gnomes.

The first garden gnomes were made in Gräfenroda, a town known for its ceramics in Thuringia, Germany in the mid-1800's.

August Heissner and Phillip Griebel both made terracotta animals as decorations, and produced gnomes based on local myths as a way for people to enjoy the stories of the gnomes' willingness to help in the garden at night.

The garden gnome quickly spread across Germany and into France and England, and wherever gardening was a serious hobby. Gnome manufacture spread across Germany with numerous other large and small manufacturers coming into and out of the business, each one having its own particular style of design. World War 11 was hard on the industry and most producers gave up then. Griebel's descendants still make them and are the last of the German producers, all others having moved production to Poland and China.


When did gnomes first arrive in UK?

Garden gnomes were first introduced to the United Kingdom in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, when he brought 21 terracotta figures back from a trip to Germany and placed them as ornaments in the gardens of his home, Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire. Only one of the original batch of gnomes survives: Lampy, as he is known, is on display at Lamport Hall, and is insured for one million pounds.

What can gnomes be made of?

Traditional gnomes are made from a terracotta clay slurry poured into molds. The gnome is removed from the mold, allowed to dry, and then fired in a kiln until it is hard. Once cooled the gnome is painted to the level of detail desired and sent to stores to be sold to consumers. More modern gnomes are made from resins and similar materials.

What are gnomes called in other countries?

# Andorra - Gnom, Follet

# Australia - Crisp

# Belgium - Gnoom, Kabouter

# Bosnia and Herzegovina - Gnom, Patuljak

# Croatia - Patuljak, Gnom, Polutan

# Czech Republic - Skrítek

# Denmark - Nisse

# England - Gnome or Hob

# Finland - Maahinen or menninkäinen

# Germany - Gnom or Wichtel, though K(l)abauter is a known term as well. Gartenzwerg refers to a Garden Gnome

# Greece - Gnomos, Gnomiko

# Hungary - Manó

# Iceland - Ãlfur or Dvergur

# Ireland - Gnome, Goblin

# Italy - Gnomo (in Salento it's called Scazzamurreddhu)

# Malta - Nanu

# The Netherlands - Kabouter

# Norway - Nisse

# Poland - Krasnoludek, Skrzat

# Portugal - Gnomo, Duende

# Romania - Gnom, Pitic

# Russia - Gnom

# Serbia - Patuljak, Gnom, Polusan

# Slovakia - Skriatok

# Slovenia - Kepec, Gnom

# Spain - Gnomo, Duende

# Sweden - Tomtenisse, Hustomte, Tomte or Småtomte

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      stevenho128 6 years ago

      Thanks for your fun lens. I think I'll get a few of these garden Gnomes to help out in my garden :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fascinating thoughts makes me want to keep coming back for more.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thumbs up!

      Great lens... very informative. Thanks for the good read.


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Garden gnomes are awesome! I don't have any but I think I may get one soon. You may find my newest lense interesting check it out at

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Merry Christmas from the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Garden gnomes are adorable.

      Great lens


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      Jason_Andrews 9 years ago

      Gnomes have really taken up a place in popular culture. Can't remember the company (which speaks badly of their commercials), but I sure do remember the roaming gnome in the TV ads. I think I missed it most when he ceased ending them all with "Don't forget your hat." Fun lens. Thanks.

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      geekytree 9 years ago

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      InspiredWritingResearch 9 years ago

      Hi - my kids would love to get hold of that paint-your-own-gnome, from a mother of five!

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      WritingforYourW 9 years ago

      Cute lens. Nice touch including the gnomish translations from other languages ;)

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      Allan R. Wallace 9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      I gnome so much more than I did before. Thanks

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This gnome lens has so much about gnomes I dodn not know before! Good job!

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      AndrewNadler 9 years ago

      This is a great lens...lots of fun information. Check out some other little gnome facts