Kimmel Gnomes has just been featured in a National Publication: Country Garden Magazine.
An ebook written by Michael Winter entitled, "Attack of the Garden Gnomes!!" has now been published on Amazon. It's a humorous story for children aged 8-12 (though some adults have also enjoyed reading it!).
It is available through this link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XFXPG0S
Note, our cheeky 'Burt' gnome is on the cover!
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February 2009: 'Made Here Baby' by Bruce H.
Wolk (Publisher AMACOM). Kimmel Gnomes is listed predominately
in the book AS an American Made Product.
Kimmel Gnomes are in the news AGAIN! Click HERE
for this most recent article published July 12th, 2007 from the The
for MAY 2007: Now all Kimmel Gnome's CLAY Gnomes are Glazed on
the INSIDE as well! This increases our Gnomes durability against
the weather, water, impacts and insects! As our most valued
customers have come to expect, ONLY Kimmel Gnomes are including
this extra level of protection on it's higher quality products!
March 2007: Kimmel Gnomes own 'Willard'
Gnome will be featured nationally this year in an advertising
campaign by the Progressive™ Insurance Company.
Copyright 2007 Progressive
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Gnomes has supplied all the gnomes for the 'Lucky Brand Jeans'
store windows for the 2006 Holiday Season.
KIMMEL GNOMES ON TV:
Kimmel Gnomes was featured in 'Grounds For Improvement' (CBS
Television). The episode was aired in the Spring of 2005.
NOTE: All publications mentioned can be obtained
through your local bookstore, Amazon.com or eBay.
August 2004: Kimmel Gnomes were featured throughout a recently
published book called 'The Garden Gnome Book ©'
Herbert with Bird is featured on the cover
Copyright 2004 - Quirk Books™
Go to Amazon - type into their search: 'A Gnovelty Kit'.
KIMMEL GNOMES ACHIEVING WORLD RENOWN STATUS IN 2004!:
Kimmel Gnomes were window displayed in most of the Burberry
Limited department stores across the country including Hawaii
this past year.
The New York Times just recently this past year published and
carried an article featuring Kimmel Gnomes, after interviewing
both the owner and employees of our company.
RETURN OF A CLASSIC TECHNIQUE:
Kimmel Gnomes has revived an old technique of applying hundreds
of small pieces of clay and individually sculpting each beard so
no two are alike. Our first recipient is 'MerryWeather', who
decided he wanted to grow out his beard and take a walk on the
This technique was used 100 years ago but it was so labor
intensive and time consuming it disappeared in favour of mass
production. In an ongoing effort to bring our customers the most
beautiful and interesting Gnomes available, we are reviving the
old ways that have been lost in time.
Gift Wrapping is now available! There is a $5.00 charge per
Gnome for this service (Not available for all Gnomes).
REQUESTS FOR GNOME PHOTOGRAPHS:
I am an American garden
writer/photographer living in the Lake District and have been
working on a little book on gnome gardens for the past couple of
years. I would like to include one or two American gardens which
feature a large collection of your Kimmel gnomes, either in a
wonderful setting or imaginatively displayed with flowers,
animals or themes. The book is a celebration of gnomes of
course, and will be published in the UK by Frances Lincoln in
2005, and perhaps Andrews McMeel or Chronicle books in the US.
To protect the gnome owners and their gnomes, I am not revealing
the last names or their precise location except of course, the
Gnome Reserve, which is open to the public. I am looking for
charming garden gnome scenarios to photograph, featuring Kimmel
gnomes that have been carefully and lovingly thought out. Liz
Spera is helping me with other gnome gardens, and we thought you
might know of clients who have bought large quantities from you
and might agree to have their collections photographed - but not
With best wishes,
You can contact this person at: email@example.com
Kimmel Gnomes were featured in:
Garden Gnomes: Little Gnome
Facts, A Calendar for 2004
Photographs by Dietrich Gehring, Calender by Workman Publishing
Kimmel Gnomes Featured In The News
Gardeners Know There's Gnome Place Like Home
Friday, December 12, 2003 © Belo Interactive
By Anne Jaeger, KWG.com contributer
If my inner child had a physical manifestation, it would be a
garden gnome holding a small wheelbarrow, shovel at the ready. I
don't have a garden gnome (my daughter won't let me), but I love
what they represent: a good-natured world where we and nature
are in perfect balance, a utopian society much like the one the
Smurfs brought to television in the 1980s. When I was growing
up, gnomes were the nerds of the garden world. Now they are
serious business. Gnomes are not to be snickered at. Heck, have
you priced them lately? Anywhere from $30 for a 3-inch gnome to
$230 for a little fella less than 2 feet tall. A recent Gnome
Festival at Hollyhocks Garden Essentials on Southeast Belmont
Street found homes for 15 gnomes in one day. But these weren't
just any gnomes -- today's most popular supermodel gnomes have
names such as Winklewisp and Porthkerry and are lovely vintage
reproductions of 17th, 18th and 19th century antiques sculpted
by Welsh artist Candice Kimmel. The Kimmel Gnomes are made in
South Dakota, each one painstakingly hand-painted.
Sure, gnomes still carry a negative stigma, but they're fighting
back. In fact, the infamous Gnome Liberation Front pops up
wherever gnomes are being "exploited." Some sleuthing
of police blotters worldwide shows that the GLF has a checkered
past. It happens here, too, although I suspect the GLF is an ad
hoc, ragtag mob that strikes out of convenience rather than
necessity. Southeast Portland resident Holly Hood says she keeps
her gnome, Hollyhock, up close to her house so no one can steal
him "and he can't walk away." After all, there are
recorded cases of garden gnomes traveling all over the world
before finding their way back home. It's my theory that although
disgruntled at times, gnomes do suffer from separation anxiety.
So it's important to leave them alone and let them make roots in
your neighbor's yard, if need be. Even if you suspect they'd be
happier elsewhere. Whether you have a home for a gnome is
entirely up to you. Just remember, gnomes are now coveted
creatures with a secret life all their own.
Gnomes add fun…and maybe luck
By Paul R. Huard
Copley News Service
Sunday Republican, April 20th, 2003
Gnome-lovers deny claims that they are
purveyors of bad taste or enslavers of helpless little folk.
They’re the garden kitsch that everyone loves to hate – or
Since the first known model appeared in a 19th century British
patch, the garden gnome has become one of the most popular lawn
accessories of all time. Devotees have stuck to their gnomes
despite mockery and larceny. “There are people who believe
that gnomes have the power to protect the garden and bring good
luck to the home,” says Rick Kimmel, co-owner with his artist
wife Candice, of Kimmel Gnomes in Sturgis, S.D. “For other
people, the garden gnome is just a natural addition to the
garden, like lawn chairs.”
Some sources say that it started with architecture, much like
the gargoyle. Examples of gnomes used in facades are present in
Venice and Athens. Many even believe gnomes to be an ancient
phallic symbol, a source of fertility in the garden.
German and Czech peasants were possibly the first gnome fans,
placing tiny statues in plots and fields to work “white
magic” on their crops.
But the first recorded appearance of the garden gnome is in
England on the estate of an eccentric British squire. Sir
Charles Isham was the 10th baronet of Lamport Hall, where the
Isham family lived from 1560 to 1976. Isham was a offbeat
spiritualist in the 1840s and is remembered by gnome lovers as
the man who introduced the German midgets to England.
Movies like “The Full Monty” reminded the public of the
British roots of the garden gnome. It also provided a hilarious
view of the risks that garden gnomes face. And life does imitate
art. A garden gnome’s lot is often an unhappy one.
Recently, police in Bartlett, Ill., said teens stole almost 60
lawn ornaments during a six month period from homes in the
Chicago suburb and neighboring Streamwood. The value of the
creatures, which ranged in height from less than 1 foot to 4
feet, was estimated at up to $150 each. The three boys were each
charged as juveniles with one count of theft, and one was also
charged with criminal damage to property.
Deep loathing of garden gnomes led to crime and terrorism in the
1990s, with the “Garden Gnome Liberation Front” of France
bringing gnome hatred to the front pages. In the French town of
Bethune, three young men were given suspended prison sentences
for stealing 182 garden gnomes. The men were caught by police
with stolen gnomes in the trunk of their car, along with
pamphlets identifying the thieves as members of the “Garden
Gnome Liberation Front.”
Gnome-lovers deny claims that they are purveyors of bad taste or
enslavers of helpless little folk. Kimmel, whose wife was born
in Wales, where garden gnomes pepper almost every front and back
yard, says many of the figurines are works of art. Their small
company makes stoneware pottery gnomes that are cast from
original antiques often worth hundreds of dollars.
He says he has seen models made by other manufacturers ranging
from the traditional to the naughty-one gnome maker has a statue
that cheerfully offers an offensive hand gesture to anyone
coming to the door.
“(Taste) is personal,” says Kimmel. “Gnomes like that are
just accommodating people who want personal expression.”
Rebel in the garden
By Dulcy Mahar
The Oregonian, Thursday April 10th 2003
Some rules deserve to be broken, or why I
fell for a gnome.
LORD HELP ME, I’ve gnome and done it. I’ve bought a gnome. I
can’t explain it. It just looked at me in an appealing way,
and I couldn’t resist. For reasons inexplicable even to
myself, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for gnomes.
I realize that any tenuous claims to sophistication I might have
entertained are out the window. I can hear the sirens of the
Taste Police coming to get me. My politically incorrect comments
about plastic flamingoes are exposed for the hypocrisy they are.
Worse yet, it seems everything I read this spring counsels
restraint. One must not overdo the ornaments. One must pick a
style and stick to it. Discipline, spareness, tasteful
discretion, all are encouraged.
I am ready to revolt. If you can’t be exuberant or even
outrageous in your own garden, where can you be? What better
place to indulge your whims? Where else to practice
self-expression? At least I don’t express myself by going
around in low-cut dresses and hats with giant flowers. Well, I
might, if I had any cleavage, but that’s another story.
I realize these are the defensive statements of a woman caught
with a gnome in her yard. All I can say in my defense is that it
was a pricey gnome, and it seems to have more expression than
most. It is ceramic, not plastic, and yes, I can hear some of
your murmuring, “like that matters.” He is going to live in
the shady area of the garden we call the Blue Mushroom Woods
because it is filled with clumps of blue ceramic mushrooms. I
think they are charming, although my friend Carlene never fails
to tell me they are exceedingly tacky.
Which brings me to something I have learned recently about
style. It’s a great lesson. You don’t have to have it.
Style, that is. This realization is very freeing. I remember
when I was younger trying to decide what style my garden should
First, I fell in love with the cottage garden look. Then I
migrated to the more woodland look of shrubs and small
ornamental trees. I’ve even flirted with the tropical look,
but soon realized that an occasional clump of cannas and a
single trumpet flower do not a jungle make.
For years I was filled with mild angst thinking I could never
pick a style and get it down just right. So, now it is very
restful not to worry about style any more. Any person of a
certain age who has long said goodbye to his or her waistline
will know the feeling.
I am not advocating throwing out all the rules. I do not, after
all, preach garden anarchy. I am simply saying that rigid
adherence to design rules may not be the best way to foster
creativity. And, I am advocating, if you love something, even if
it is a gnome for gosh sakes, go for it. But you need to learn
to carry it off. That requires honing the fine skill of
rationalization. One way is to learn to think of your garden in
the correct terms. It is not messy or kitsch; it is
“eclectic,” It does not lack style; it simply has personal
style (which you should always insist is the “in” thing).
You should also disregard garden writers who scorn your pink
flamingos or cutouts of ladies bending over with their bloomers
showing. Believe me, we will continue to heap insults, but you
can let them roll off your back now. You know we have our own
dirty little secrets. Just keep in mind, “The woman has a
gnome; what does she know?”
Finally – and buckle your seat belt because here comes the
single most important advice for gardening contentment ever –
realize that your garden is a place to express, not impress.
A Kimmel Gnome was featured on the cover of this
scientific trade publication:
Photograph by R.P.Kimmel, Magazine Published by Current-Trends
(U.K.) © 2004
Note: Kimmel Gnomes does NOT condone the use of animals in any
Kimmel Gnomes were featured in an article in:
The Old Farmer's Almanac - Early Spring Edition © 2003: 'Bless
Their Pointy Little Heads' by George Homsy
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