The Royal Horticultural Society lifted its customary ban on garden gnomes at the Chelsea Flower Show to celebrate its centenary year and raise funds for the next generation of gardeners.
As EJW readers are aware, the RHS invited celebrities, including Sir Elton, to paint and decorate gnomes to feature at the world famous gardening event. Then the creations were auctioned off to raise funds for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Elton's glittery gnome (seen below) was particularly sought after, and ended up fetching over $10,000.
There are more than 16,500 schools signed up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, engaging 3.5 million children with gardening and growing plants.
Last year an initiative called Pot Art at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where pots were painted by a dozens of notables, including Judi Dench, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, and Julian Fellowes, raised £14k for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.