Last weekend, Maynooth and I "went down south" to stay for a few days with my aunt and uncle. On Saturday morning, they said they were taking us to "Gnomeville". I had no idea what Gnomeville was. To be honest, it did not sound like anything I would be interested in as I am not really into garden gnomes but naturally, being polite, I said nothing and went with the flow.
However, Gnomeville proved to be quite enchanting. I did an internet search on it when I got home but nobody seems to know for sure how it got started. Gnomeville is located in the Ferguson Valley and it is an area of forest populated with thousands of garden gnomes. People just keep leaving them there and now they occupy about an acre or more of forest. There are gnomes everywhere - along the forest paths, up in trees, on and under bridges, etc.
Needless to say it is not a commercial enterprise - no gates, no admission fees etc.
The majority of the gnomes bear the names of the people who left them there and many are from overseas and interstate visitors. Many of the gnomes are set in dioramas. Lovers of puns will delight in the ones bearing signs like "Beyond Thunder-gnome", "Gnome Sweet Gnome", "Gnome Alone" etc. My favourite was a diorama created with a large TV screen, with a bunch of gnomes watching TV and on the screen it says "Don't change the channel - we are watching "Gnome and Away". (i.e. popular Aussie soap opera "Home and Away").
Photos cannot do justice to it as you can only photograph small segments. I'll post a few shots over the next week or so.