THE GARDEN GNOME
folklore and belief systems of ancient EARTH SPIRITS can be discovered in most countries and cultures worldwide. The ancient, but now growing human need to populate gardens with symbolic
statues of nature spirits can be associated with our growing concern for the health of MOTHER EARTH.
The humble GARDEN GNOME has a proud
tradition stretching back into ancient Scandinavian and northern Europe folklore and legend.
The Swiss alchemist PARACELSUS
(1493-1541) is believed to have first used the word GNOME to represent the element of EARTH, and also suggested GNOMES
were elemental earth spirits.
In theory a GNOME can be any small
statue regardless of form or shape.
However it was Sir Charles Isham of
Lamport Hall Northamptonshire in the 1880s who unintentionally popularized the idea of a GNOME being a dwarf type
Anyhow since the first-ever
International Gnome Convention in CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND in 1995, the GARDEN GNOME is increasingly being accepted
worldwide as a friendly reminder for all of us to take better care of our MOTHER EARTH.
CHRISTCHURCH is believed to be the
first city in the world to have its own official GARDEN GNOME.
I hope you will enjoy this small
THE WORD’GNOME’ has come to
GUARDING NATURALLY OVER MOTHER