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GNEWS ON GNOMES [May. 27th, 2009|09:45 am]
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Banned at the Chelsea Flower Show

The Times online reports:-

Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor May 18th. 2009

Jekka McVicar, a leading organic grower, member of the RHS ruling council and 13 times a gold medal winner at the show, has created a stunning display of medicinal and culinary herbs in the Grand Pavilion but hidden away behind the greenery next to a stream is a tiny gnome with a fishing rod.

A show spokeswoman insisted that the offending gnome be ejected. “It has got to go before judging begins at 8am on Monday. Gnomes are against the rules,” she said.

meanwhile Telegraph.co.uk reports:-

By Louise Gray at Chelsea Flower Show
Last Updated: 1:29PM BST 21 May 2009

This year Jekka McVicar, who is famous for her herb gardens, managed to sneak in her favourite gnome "Borage" to keep up spirits while assembling her garden until she was spotted. However she accepted her fate with good grace.

"This is the greatest flower show on Earth and the display is about plants," she said.

But David Domoney, who had a gnome made out of bolts and spark plugs removed from his award-winning Biker's Garden, was less than amused.

"I have 15 man eating Piranhas in my Aqua Garden in the main floral marquee, I have a painted full naked woman on my Bikers garden on the urban garden walk and I get a telling off for a gnome?" he fumed.

Bob Sweet, Head of Shows Development at the RHS, said there are good reasons for restricting certain things at one of the most respected and traditional gardening shows in the world.

"People do like to take the mick out of us a bit because they consider we have a snobbish attitude to our ban on gnomes but it is not just gnomes. We ban quite a lot of things like balloons and bunting and anything that is brightly coloured and gaudy because it spoils the lovely atmosphere of the show."

I rang Trevor in Cornwall yesterday evening and mentioned how to get google maps (streetview) to display the house in Summer Hill mentioned in an earlier update. I didn't mention the gnomes of Summer Hill nor indeed the Gnomes of Zurich.

[User Picture]From: elsibethann
2009-05-27 05:29 am (UTC)
I have three lovely little gnomes down in the garden: Winkin', Blinkin', and Nod. They are quite respectful and do not stare when I dance around naked. I like them. Gnomes are good.
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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2009-05-27 06:02 am (UTC)

Thanks Elsie. I figured you'd have a gnome or two in the garden.

I have been following gnomes since Action Aid Australia expressed reservations about a topless gnome owned and exhibited by one of their missionaries who is being sent to darkest Africa.

The current views of the missionary with regards to this....

Stilgherrian "Look abut that .... topless gnome"

Edited at 2009-05-27 06:13 am (UTC)
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