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France-based Mike Alexander, GV’s European correspondent, offers a humorous look at garden gnomes—objects gardeners either love or hate.
This year, for the first time in 100 years, organizers of the world’s most famous garden exhibition, the Chelsea Flower Show in England, allowed garden gnomes to appear at the event (they were once considered “too tacky” for the exhibit). Just a few short years ago this open display of slavery would have been fiercely fought by one of the several liberation movements opposed to the cruel treatment of these little forest dwellers. The French group, Front de Liberation de Nain de Jardins (FLNJ), who has long struggled to prevent this sort of abuse, appears to have been crushed by European authorities’ “anti-terrorist” units.