Couldn’t resist


Oh, I suppose it is possible to go too far with this stuff. Though an element of awe creeps in when the idea is taken to its limits. Our guest ranter inspired me to once again post my very favorite gnome image (above, from the Motherland—Dunster, GB), as well as this entry from one of my Facebook friends, Pam. Thanks, Pam! (She saw this in Portland, Maine.) Maybe we should have a contest.


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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. I recently visited this little gem.

    “The Hartman Rock Garden was created by “Ben” Hartman between 1932 and 1944. This remarkable folk art icon includes over 250,000 individual stones that combine a mixture of history, religion and depression-era pop culture.” He made minitures of every famous structure you can think of out of concrete and pressed little stones in it.

  2. You know how that colored mulch fades almost instantly, Chris. That’s one of the reasons I never saw the point of it. You may as well buy grey-brown mulch right away because they all turn into that.

  3. I love how all the dogs in the second picture are looking the same way- as if some statue was holding a piece of concrete bacon just off frame.

  4. These are collections, not gardens.

    They remind me of a conversation I once had with a landscaper about a farm yard across which were parked the usual array of farming vehicles and implements, bins and so forth. To an outsider, this looks disorderly, but to a farmer, these things are usually left in specific spots for a reason (ease of connecting and disconnecting, proximity to something, access to electricity, out of the way, under cover, etc). I asked him how he would work around that to beautify the yard. He said, If only they would always line this stuff all up according to type (ie tractors with tractors, like implements together etc), it would look fine–orderly and purposeful”. Kind of like those gnomes and cement animals I guess; the ye likes a pattern, whether it’s plants or things.

  5. I had to take a second look. I saw something like this when I visited Texas a few years ago. I would suggest that they put a price sticker on each one of those little things and sell them off.

  6. I had a neighbor who would have loved this….

    This was in the back yard. Unfortunately, it was a corner house, and they were probably the only people on the street without a WOOD fence.

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