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Vic Branch Webinar: Little Men in Red Hats: The Story of Garden Gnomes

11 July 2023 @ 5:45 pm AEST

Winter online lecture by Dr David Marsh, UK

What do you know about gnomes? Are they different to dwarves?  Or to Elves? Goblins? Pixies? Leprechauns, Boggarts?  Or any of the other small folk who live in our imagination and stories…and maybe are out there in real life too if only we knew where to look?   Why did they become both such popular ornaments despite being considered ‘vulgar’ by many people? And why are they banned at the Chelsea Flower Show?

This talk tells the story of the garden gnome and the two wealthy but eccentric gardeners who introduced them to their grand estates – Sir Charles Isham and Sir Frank Crisp. And what’s it all got to do with George Harrison?

 Time: 6.00 start – log in from 5.45

Location: A Zoom link will be provided with reminder email before the session.

Cost: $12 members AGHS, $12 Friends RBG Cranbourne & Melbourne, $15 non-members

Book: at Trybooking.

Enquiries: Robyn Teed – 0447 256 518


David is an honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham and a trustee of The Gardens Trust UK, the national campaigning body for the protection and support of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes.  He chairs their education and training committee and writes a weekly blog for them which you can find at

From 2011-2022 David was one of the convenors of the History of Gardens and Landscapes seminar at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. From 2012 to 2016 he was also a trustee of Parks & Gardens UK which is the main on-line source of information about historic parks and gardens in the country.


11 July 2023
5:45 pm AEST
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