Orangeville, ON (James Doan) The Garden Gnome is not merely another yard figurine. It has its own distinguished history, culture and controversy attached to it. Before you buy a Garden Gnome for your home, be sure to know all the factors that go along with it.

For starters, the history of the Garden Gnome dates back to Germany in the 1800s. The original statues were clay and were hand crafted. They then made their way to England in the mid-1800s. Around the late 1800s to the 1900s, they made their way into America. During WWII, production of these figurines came to an abrupt halt. The German factories converted to support the war efforts. In the 1960s the gnomes regained popularity but, they were mass-produced using plastic. Because of the quantity produced they gained the stigma for being a tacky lawn ornament. The clay hand carved Garden Gnomes have been family heirlooms for many families. The Clay figurines are making a comeback of sorts, more companies are reviving the old tradition.

Any Garden Gnome enthusiast will tell you that Garden Gnomes are remarkable creatures. They are wonderful luck to have in your garden. They are vegetarians, joyful little people who enjoy having fun and helping. They can assist in the day-to-day activities necessary for proper garden management. They can reflect on history and have an even better perspective of the future.