Charlie Dimmock and award-winning garden designers the Rich brothers compete to design gardens for homeowners around the country.
Runtime: 45 minutes
Garden Rescue - Garden gnome - Netflix
Garden gnomes (German: Gartenzwerge, lit. 'garden dwarfs') are lawn ornament figurines of small humanoid creatures known as gnomes that are typically males wearing red pointy hats. First created in the 1800’s in Germany. Garden gnomes spread to other countries in Europe in the 1840s and became particularly popular in France and Britain. The term “garden gnome” may originate from the term “Gnomen-Figuren” (miniature figurines), used in the original German catalogues. The popularity of gnomes came back in the 1930s after Disney's animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and were revived again in the 1970s.
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The manufacturing of gnomes spread across Germany, with numerous other large and small manufacturers coming in and out of the business, each having its own particular style of design. From around 1860 onwards, many statues were made in Gräfenroda, a town in Thuringia, known for its ceramics. The reputation of German gnomes declined after World War I, but they became popular again in the 1930s following Disney's animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, when more working-class people were able to purchase them. Tom Major-Ball (father of former British prime minister John Major) was the most notable producer at that time with his company Major's Garden Ornaments. World War II and the years following were also hard on the industry, and most producers gave it up then. Garden gnomes saw a resurgence in popularity again in the 1970s with the creation of more humorous types of gnomes. In the 1990s travelling gnome and garden gnome pranks became and made national news at times, where people steal a garden gnome from an unknowing person's lawn and then send the owner photos of the gnome as a practical joke before returning it. Philip Griebel's descendants are still producing garden gnomes in Germany. As of 2008, there were an estimated 25 million garden gnomes in Germany.
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