Garden gnomes always bring a smile to my face! Each one seems to have a little bit of good-natured mischief about them. After doing a little online research, I discovered that gnomes are part of German folklore. They are symbols of integrity, honesty, and hard work. The whimsical creatures are said to guard hidden treasures in the earth. I found the hard working garden gnome in the picture at Kimmel Gnomes. Kimmel's has a great vintage collection to browse.