Fun facts: 10 things you need to know about garden gnomes

Fun facts: 10 things you need to know about garden gnomes


  1. Garden gnomes bring good luck! Gnomes were regarded as good luck charms by our ancestors and would often be found living in the rafters of barns where they would help watch over livestock.
  2. Gnomes are banned from the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. We think that’s a crying shame, personally.
  3. There are three categories of mass-produced gnomes: Worker gnomes, who always carry tools like fishing rods, shovels, or hammers; at-ease gnomes who typically carry a pipe (like the chap above) and cultural gnomes who have a musical instrument in hand. Rock stars.
  4. Gnomes have a life expectancy of 400 years. Ok.
  5. Their main enemies? Mean humans who destroy the environment and trolls - obviously.
  6. Male gnomes always wear red caps.
  7. The world’s oldest garden gnome, called Lampy, has been living at Lamport Hall in the UK for 125 years and is worth a cool £2 million, or €2.4m!
  8. In the 1980s, the Gnome Liberation Front stole gnomes and sent the owners photos of them from landmarks around the globe.
  9. Gnomes are generally vegetarian and eat foods like nuts, mushrooms, peas, beans, potatoes, applesauce, fruit, berries, tubers, spices, vegetables, and preserves for dessert. They like to drink mead dew made from fermented honey, fermented raspberries, and spiced gin as a nightcap.
  10. Gnomes kiss by rubbing noses. They also use nose rubbing as a greeting equivalent to human handshaking.

So there you have it - handy info for anyone attending a gnome-based table quiz, anytime soon!

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