Famous Garden Gnomes

by Bethany Day on May 6, 2013

Love them or hate them, garden gnomes are set to be one of the pivotal features at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Indeed, the RHS have invited a number of celebrities to decorate garden gnomes at the show before auctioning them off for charity and intend to line up 150 of the painted gentleman for inspection by the Queen on her royal visit. 

With gnomes being such a hot topic we thought we’d take a look at some of the most famous gnomes in history…


Lampy is one of the original 21 gnomes brought to England by Sir Charles Isham. As the only remaining one he is hugely valuable and is insured for a reported £


The garden gnome who broke the rules at Chelsea. Borage was featured in his owner Jekka McVicar’s displays on a number of occasions before being caught in 2009.


The star of the box office hit Gnomeo and Juliet was voiced by Scottish actor James McAvoy.


Bilbo was one of the first gnomes taken as part of the trend for ‘gnoming’ in the 1980’s. He was stolen from his owner in Sydneyand a note reading “Dear Mum, couldn’t stand the solitude any longer. Gone off to see the world. Don’t be worried, I’ll be back soon. Love Bilbo xxx” was found in his place.

Gnome Chomsky

Gnome Chomsky in America stands at an incredible 13 feet and 6 inches tall and once held the  Guinness World Record for Largest Garden Gnome before being overshadowed by a giant gnome in Poland which stands at an impressive 18 feet tall!

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