Pink Floyd and David Bowie have released songs about them, Elton John has produced films about them and South Park and Scooby doo have had episodes about them. This is the age of the gnome! Garden gnomes have had a checkered history but now seem to be making a vigorous comeback. Gnomes were banned from the Chelsea flower show from 2009 to 2013 but that did not stop several competitors, such as Jekka McVicar, Author, broadcaster and winner of (at the time) 61 Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals trying to sneak her favorite gnome Borage into her organic herb nursery. The gnome was discovered by the judges and asked to leave. The gnome in James May’s plasticine garden that same year managed to avoid detection. In 1954 Former prime minister John Major’s father went bankrupt making and selling gnomes. In 2005 the somewhat more glamorous Paris Hilton famously posed for a selfie with a gnome in a picture that ended up in People magazine. Nowadays the trend in garden gnomery seems to be towards the zombie and flashing varieties with solar powered gnomes also being quite popular. Lampy, the oldest surviving garden gnome in England (and possibly the world) aparently has an insurance value of a million pounds.
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