Club Gnome

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Prizes

In July 2022, our Newsletter reader s*0@gmail.com wins a $30 gift certificate to Amazon.com and a preview copy of Gnomadic Gardeners. Congratulations and thanks for subscribing!

I haven’t decided if we’ll have a prize on August 29, which will depend on how well Gnomadic Gardeners is doing in the Kickstarter.


Gnomes in the News

A resident of Bushkill Township in Pennsylvania has created a Gnomedom of “approximately two dozen gnomes, miniature houses, animals and accessories” that you can see by driving past his home on Creamery Road. Read more

It’s a shame, but there are some who think garden gnomes demonstrate aesthetic “bad taste,” according to a new article — which also provides a fun and interesting review of gnomes’ history as decorative pieces. Read more

Some clever wag planted a pair of gnomes at the bottom of a Swiss Lake, which startled the diver who found them. Newsweek also mentions another set of gnomes that had previously existed in a UK lake. Read more



Free games: Find the Gnome

Power Sheds, in Finland, posted this brain teaser in 2021. Can you spot the gnome in less than 56 seconds? (Visit NY Post for the answer.)

free games: find the gnome

Likewise, you can also go on a gnome hunt inside the Stranger Things series of game apps. I haven’t tried those games, though.


Gnome Animations

An AI generated these animations from illustrations of the Gnomadic Gardeners card game — taking gnome creepiness a couple levels higher!


AI-generated Art

Based on past examples of art and associated words, Midjourney accepts a textual description including, optionally, the name of an artist or artistic style. It then will try to draw that scene. I can imagine using this tool someday for conceptualizing compositions. Here are a few samples of art that it has generated for me.

Ralph McQuarrie art of Valkyrie enchantress

Phalanx of gnomes hiding under trees

Louison France sovereign oak (upscaled)


Rare Gnomes

Enjoy this collection of gnome pictures gleaned from the corners of the web…


Handmade Gnomes

I’d like to post a collection of handmade gnomes here. If you’d like yours included, please email me.

My friend Erin made these gnomes with a friend of hers. They remind me of gonks.
Tim Pardoe, at Carvers Cabin, says Yedon Lastbrand is a dairy herder and village elder, accompanied by Cheery (who has a hickory face with sapele horns and leather ears).
My mom gave this gnome pillow to me for Christmas.


Enchanted animals

What would the gnomes be without their enchanted animal friends? Sad. They would be sad. And a little lonely.

Here are a few of the illustrations that I created for Gnomadic Gardeners, if we hit the corresponding stretch goal. Cards with these illustrations will replace the tracker mat at that stretch goal.

  • Meticulous Mouse: Ace

June 21 was Gnome Day

Celebrate Gnome Day in your own way! It’s never too early to start planning for 2023…

  • See if your local community garden, like South Coast Botanic Garden, might host a gnome-scavenger hunt.
  • Run your own scavenger hunt by hiding gnome tokens in a public park for other people to find, as one artistic mom has done.
  • Perhaps give some recognition to those gnomes in your life, who do chores that nobody else wants, as Wikipedia has done.
  • Moreover, you can sponsor a gnome-related event at your local Chamber of Commerce.
  • Finally, you can always shop for some gnome paraphernalia, if you don’t have enough (can you ever have enough?)

In 2017, little gnome Seneca appeared in this delightful video…