When I visited Mom in Indiana last week, we had a blast at one of the strangest—yet most fun—exhibits we’ve ever seen: “Gnome Away from Home,” at the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden. The exhibit, which closes April 6, featured 82 gnomes (on loan from their owners) enjoying spring break amid the garden’s tropical plants.

When I think of gnomes, I immediately picture a lawn decoration that graced my grandma’s front yard—a little man with a white beard and a red hat, similar to these guys:

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Oh, but how time have changed! As it turns out, gnomes come in many shapes and sizes and go on all sorts of adventures!

 

Gnomes like to ride turtles:

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 And play football (clearly Indianapolis Colts fans!):

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Do yoga:

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Gnomes on spring break like to get a little sun:

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And climb trees: IMG_3192

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s a vacation without relaxing in a hammock?

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Although some gnomes prefer fishing:IMG_3172

 

 

 

 

 

When in the sun, it’s important to protect your eyes:

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And don’t forget to stop and pet the lady bugs!

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Mom and I had a marvelous day! We would love to see pictures of your gnomes! Share with us on the Travel with Aging Parents Facebook page.

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