garden gnomes

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I like gnomes. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

I’m sure that in some parallel universe or fairly recent past life I was kitschy housewife with plastic pink flamingos on the lawn and garden gnomes out back. While I don’t like these ornaments enough to actually own them in this life, I enjoy teasing Theo about the possibility. But I do think garden gnomes are cute. Imagine my delight when I heard about a place in Australia called Gnomeville. I’m certain Theo was holding out on me when it comes to this tourist attraction.

Gnomeville is outside a small town called Dardanup in the South West region of Western Australia. I don’t know why gnomes have taken over, but I do know that I want to see this for myself and add to the collection. I regret now not having purchased a Mickey Mouse Gnome while I was at the Disney Marketplace. He would have made a fine addition to this

Wordtrip 2011 has some nice photos of this kooky little place. Fun!

How do you feel about garden gnomes? Have you ever been to Gnomeville? Any plans to go?




  1. Did you ever see the David the Gnome cartoon as a kid? I think it was on Nickelodeon, but I’m not entirely sure on that. It was one of my favourite shows, but the sad things is that I only vaguely remember it.

  2. Yes, I’ve been to Gnomeville! It is about a 2 hour drive south from where I live. I think it started from a primary school on a roundabout, and then the gnomes became out of control and had to be moved to a large tract on the side of the road. It is in a very remote spot on the edge of a country town. When I went there last, there were gnomes hanging out of trees, whole dollhouses filled with gnomes, and entire shrines and villages set up for the gnomes. It makes me wonder how long it will last! But long live Gnomeville. I hope you get to visit this odd, tiny, little-known about spot some day.

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