These popular garden accessories have actually been around for more than a century. Stories of gnomes, tiny elf-like men who secretly assist in the garden, inspired 17th-century Germans to create small statues for decoration. Garden gnomes have fallen in and out of fashion, but if you'd like one for your own garden, you're likely to able to find one at a flea market or online.
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- The Garden Gnome Addiction--Encyclopedia Britannica Blog
- Garden Gnomes: The Real Story--Arizona Cooperative Extension
- Garden-variety Superstitions Need Not Be Scary--New Jersey Master Gardeners, mycentraljersey.com
- Gnome Management in the Garden--Utah State University Extension Service (Video)
- Paris Hails the Mighty Garden Gnome--International Herald Tribune