Garden gnomes top the list of the 10 most popular garden trends of the year
Garden gnomes top the list with the top 10 running:
Garden gnomes have been crowned the biggest garden trend for this year, rising from fifth place in last year’s survey.
The retro trend has seen nine million views on TikTok and a 10.8% increase in Google search over the past two years.
Urban gardening takes second place. The trend is to grow produce in places such as balconies and window sills, creating a garden with less space.
Urban gardening had the most Instagram posts in the study, with 1.9 million posts on the platform. The trend also recorded 25 million views on TikTok, the fourth highest in the overall study.
Households had the most TikTok views with 355.5 million views on the platform. Pergolas were also trending on the platform, earning 43.1 million TikTok views.
Garden shower curtains saw the biggest increase in Google search in the study, with a 60.9% increase over the past two years, after the trend of using a shower curtain to decorate exploded on social networks.
Organic closes also followed, with a 53.5% increase in Google searches.
A garden gnome – also known as a lawn gnome – is a figurine of a small humanoid creature, usually wearing a tall, pointed red hat.
Gnomes are believed to protect the owner from harm.
The figurines originated in Germany in the 19th century and were called Gartenzwerg, which literally translates to “garden gnome”. It was not until the 1930s that the English term “gnome” appeared.
Many of us would point to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Noddy’s pal Big Ears as the gnomes we know best.
The term Gnomes or Noldoli was used in JRR Tolkien’s early work, The Book of Lost Tales, to describe the race of Elves that would become the Ñoldor. Tolkein also wrote The Hobbit with Bilbo Baggins.
There are many types of garden gnomes. They appear in different positions and can be made from different types of materials.
Typically, gnomes are male dwarfs with long, bushy white beards who wear tall, pointed red hats.
They may be smoking – or holding – a pipe. They are seen in various positions including standing, lying down, sitting, etc. and they engage in various activities – fishing, sleeping, digging and pushing wheelbarrows.
Garden gnomes can be made of wood, porcelain, ceramic or terracotta.
Garden gnomes were first introduced to the UK when Sir Charles Isham returned from his holiday in Germany and brought 21 of the terracotta figurines with him, displaying them around his house and lawn at Lamport Hall, Northampton in 1847.
Nicknamed ‘Lampy’, the only surviving gnome from the original batch is on display at Lamport Hall and insured for £1million.