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Gnome news is good news for Dobbies

21 May, 2014

Despite lifting the ban on gnomes last year, it seems The Royal Horticultural Society has fallen out of love again with the quirky garden ornaments as they continue to be forbidden guests at this year’s Chelsea Flower show.  But soaring sales of our gleeful garden friends are showing that Brits don’t feel the same way.  

Sales of gnomes at Dobbies Garden Centres across the UK are up 73 per cent on last year and sales of other stone-clad garden characters, such as ornamental woodland animals, have risen by 95 per cent.

Gnomes fall under the prestigious garden show’s ban on ‘brightly coloured mythical creatures’ but rebellious gardeners have managed to sneak gnomes into their displays in the past.  

Jekka McVicar proudly displayed her cheerful mascot Borage in 2009 but had to relegate him to the undergrowth after being told off by the show’s officials.  In 1993, Lampy, one of the first gnomes to arrive in Britain in the 1840s and currently insured for a sum in excess of £1million, was also allowed in.

Dobbies’ most popular gnome is ‘Woodland Wilf – Born to be Wild’ and their most popular garden characters are ‘Kingfisher on the Bulrushes’ followed by the cute squirrel ‘Crystal Twister Silver Red’.

Steve Guy, head of horticulture at Dobbies, believes that gnomes have earned their place in the garden!  He said:

“Sales of gnomes have been soaring this year as people declare their love for our colourful garden friends.  There’s a definite trend for garden ornaments as people try to use quirky, fun, characters to add a bit of personality to their garden.”


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