Column: Gnome exhibit interest's in garden decor's origin

Last winter we took our grandkids to the Garfield Park Conservatory to see a special exhibit, “Gnome Away From Home.” The curators had acquired 74 garden and lawn gnomes, mostly on loan, and placed them among the plants and flowers in the conservatory.

The challenge was to find them all and check them off the list. Some were easy to spot, and some were not. It was great fun for the kids to search the exotic fauna for the colorful, quirky statues, and the adults enjoyed it, as well. Ever since that outing, my wife has had tucked away in the garden of her mind the idea that she would like a gnome at home to call her own.

So a couple of weeks ago we paid a visit to Yard Art in Taylorsville. You’ve seen the place from the highway on your way to the outlet mall near Edinburgh. They have tons, literally, of concrete statues, sculptures, plaques and other objects all very well organized by category.

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