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The Great Social Divide: To Gnome Or Not to Gnome

by Abby Zimet

What next. To the horror of many snooty traditional gardener types, the U.K.'s Royal Horticultural Society has for the first time in a century allowed garden gnomes - long viewed as the ultimate in tacky anti-classism - to appear at the fancy-pants Chelsea Flower Show. The Society's questionable bow to democratization within a still-rigid class system was made in the name of charity - specifically, raising money for a school garden program - but still. Because there is nothing too weird under the sun and on the off chance you want to know more about these long-maligned mythical creatures (zombie gnomes! must-have gnomes! gnome penises!) there's this. Also a sort of Occupy Gnomes because, well, because.