leprechauns and more can be seen in various Headingley gardens. Many are made of ceramic, some of metal, others are wood.
If you drive by in a car you might be oblivious to the gems that adorn people’s yards. But if you walk or cycle by, special delights can be spotted. Most of the people I chatted with have a story about the acquisition of their special piece of garden art. In the Headingley hamlet (southwest Headingley), one of the easier to spot pieces is Langley the giraffe, who watches over the yard of Darlene and Ernie Borowoski.
Langley was acquired from Ornamental Stonecraft on the Perimeter Highway. Darlene says she "has always liked giraffes and it was love at first sight".
Then she saw the price tag. Since Langley was more expensive than she was prepared to pay, she gave up on the idea of buying him. Her parents decided to surprise her and bought it as an anniversary present for her and Ernie.
Transporting Langley to his new home in Headingley proved a challenge. He weighs 800 pounds and a crane had to hoist him into his prominent place in the yard.
Kevin Twomey, owner of T&T Seeds on Roblin Boulevard confirmed that "typically people who start adorning their yards with their favorite sentimental statue, usually end up acquiring several".
One trend that has taken off in the past few years is garden gnomes. Twomey speculates it may have gained momentum when travel website Travelocity used a gnome figure on its website.
Whatever the reason, Twomey says "garden gnomes are hugely popular. People don’t just buy one. They buy several and create their own whimsical gardens with several gnomes often amongst several garden containers".
While at a gardening conference in Minnesota, Twomey noted that the trend is still growing in popularity. His store stocks an entire section of gnomes , including motorcycling gnomes, gardening gnomes with shovels, gnomes at rest and many more.
Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, your garden offers you the opportunity to inject whatever artwork you enjoy!
Valerie Chatain-White is a community correspondent for Headingley. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.