Cementing a place in history

So these lovely folks from Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University decided to create the world’s largest gnome statue. No offense, but it’s hardly inconspicuous. Unfortunately if they had checked with me first, I could have told them they needed a few extra feet to top its Polish cousin. At 3,500 pounds, the Iowa gnome is certainly the fattest (concrete) gnome around and I doubt anyone will be walking away with it anytime soon.

For those of you who love contests (and you know who you are) you can gname the gnome. Send in your entries by the 19th of April!

I’m just glad I don’t need a crane to lower my hat into place on a daily basis.

Goin’ on a gnome hunt

I’d love to drop by the Morton Arboretum’s Children’s Garden and take part in their wee gnome hunt. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Find all the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden in the drop-in activity “Going on a Gnome Hunt.” Most of the real animals will be hibernating for winter, but we have make-believe ones for a fun sort of “hunt.”

A cousin of mine, Canton, used to help out with the trimming in the maze garden. He always had a tremendous sense of direction.