German garden gnome in a Wendelin landscape
Bird bath
Pedestal urn planter at Thornewood Castle, Lakewood, Washington
Pavilion in the Hortus Haren, Haren, Groningen, Netherlands
Sundial as a centrepiece at Greenbank Garden in Carolside, Scotland

A garden ornament or lawn ornament is a non-plant item used for garden, landscape, and park enhancement and decoration.


Early examples of the use of garden ornaments in western culture were seen in Ancient Roman gardens such as those excavated at Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Italian Renaissance garden and French formal garden styles were the peak of using created forms in the garden and landscape, with high art and kitsch interpretations ever since. The English landscape garden expanded the scale of some garden ornaments to temple follies

The Asian tradition of making garden ornaments, often functioning in association with Feng Shui principles, has a nearly timeless history. Chinese gardens with Chinese scholar's rocks, Korean stone art, and Japanese gardens with Suiseki and Zen rock gardens have a symbolic meaning and natural ornamental qualities.


Garden ornaments include:

Lawn ornament

A front lawn featuring a fountain and a small sculpture of an elephant

Lawn ornaments are decorative objects placed in the grassy area of a property.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

A front lawn featuring an International Truck is an example of "found object art". Elephant ears and sunflowers were purposely planted to adorn the antique farm equipment on this US lawn.

See also


  1. ^ Laws, Bill (2014). A history of the garden in fifty tools. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-13976-0. OCLC 860755375.
  2. ^ "Choosing the Perfect Lawn Ornaments for Your LA Home | Lawnscape". 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Dyer, Mary H. "Lawn Décor Tips: How To Use Lawn Ornaments Effectively". Archived from the original on 2021-04-11. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. ^ "Lawn Ornaments, Robins, Ode to Clocks", Control Bird Alt Delete, University of Iowa Press, pp. 57–58, doi:10.2307/j.ctt20p592h.33, ISBN 978-1-60938-255-1, retrieved 2021-03-07
  5. ^ Drake, Bob (c. 2014), Lawn ornaments, ReR Megacorp, OCLC 881210904, retrieved 2021-03-07
  6. ^ Muir, Bryce (1988). Lawn wars: the theory. Bowdoinham College Press. ISBN 0-942396-55-3. OCLC 18763218.

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