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What are Some Different Types of Garden Statues?

Jessica Ellis
Updated May 16, 2024
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Garden statues are a wonderful way to add dimension and detail to a garden of any size. Traditional for thousands of years, sculptures and statues create a touch of elegance, whimsy, or personal style to an already flora-filled wonderland. Whether setting the tone for a new garden or serving as the finishing touch on a masterpiece, garden statues may soon become as much a part of the scenery as any growing thing.

Some people choose garden statues that have a religious or spiritual meaning. Statues of saints, mythological figures, or deities can help create a restful and reflective garden space. Like most garden statues, it is easy to find resin or cement versions of statues at gardening or home supply stores. Some people may choose to seek more authentic versions by contacting traditional craftsmen to create spiritually-inspired statues in order to ensure that the spiritual beliefs surrounding the representation are respectful and correct. While traditionally created versions may be more expensive than replica ones, people often find great emotional and spiritual value in having garden statues that truly represent a belief system and history.

Many garden statues are designed to bring an aura of fantasy and whimsy to a garden space. Gnomes, oversized mushrooms, fairies, and even reflecting balls are all popular figures for this type of garden decorating. Throughout history, many European cultures believed that spirits and fairies visited their gardens and yards, causing mischief or offering gifts; much of the whimsical statuary today descends from those beliefs. Gnomes are often seen as guardian statues, keeping out mischief-makers by letting them know that the garden already has a gnome.

Garden statues can be used to attract living creatures to visit a garden or yard. Many water features, such as wall fountains and bird baths, can be a draw to visiting birds. Seeing a charming little sparrow fluff its feathers and spray water about is a great reward for those who choose to invest in a bird bath. Bird feeders can also attract neighborhood critters to stop by for a bite; be warned, these can also attract squirrels and rodents to snack as well.

Representations of animals are popular forms of garden statues. Nearly every type of animal imaginable can be found in one form of statuary or another. While many enjoy stone or wood carvings of small woodland creatures like bunnies and foxes, others may turn their gardens into virtual menageries, complete with soaring metal giraffes and drinking elephants. Animal representations are very important to many Native American cultures, as clans or families often featured totem animals that represented the qualities of the family and serve as guardians.

Garden statues can easily be found at home supply stores, craft fairs, nurseries, or even online. Common materials for statues include stone and cement, so be careful when ordering as shipping prices can be extremely high. A garden statue can stand as a centerpiece, an accent, or even a tucked-away secret surprise for adventurous garden wanderers. Even investing in inexpensive resin statues can add beauty, personality, and possibly a little mythical protection to even the most humble garden.

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Jessica Ellis
By Jessica Ellis
With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica Ellis brings a unique perspective to her work as a writer for HomeQuestionsAnswered. While passionate about drama and film, Jessica enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics, creating content that is both informative and engaging for readers.
Discussion Comments
By ccarl1701 — On May 17, 2021

I'm looking for a certain type of specific garden statue that I saw on someone's front lawn I cannot find anywhere. I took a photo. Is there anyway I can get assistance with identifying them?

By Feryll — On May 12, 2014

I know a couple who stared making garden statues as a hobby and they have now made the hobby their full time business. If you truly want a unique garden statue or sculpture then you should consider making it yourself.

There are plenty of how-to videos out there that give step-by-step instruction.

By Animandel — On May 12, 2014

I like unique garden statues and sculptures. When I go to a traditional store or garden center I find that most of what I see is something similar to the pieces I have seen in many other gardens.

If you have this same issue then I suggest you look for someone locally who makes garden structures. Once I started to look, I was surprised at how many people there are who make unique garden structures as a hobby. I'm not talking about the expensive ones that are custom made--affordable ones.

In addition to craft fairs as mentioned in the article, you can find unique statues at flea markets and thrift stores. Just ask around, and I bet someone in your community can point you in the right direction.

By Laotionne — On May 11, 2014

I can't tell you how many times I have driven by houses or gone to people's houses and been astounded at what they chose to put in their gardens. The biggest most expensive garden statues isn't always the best choice.

I think getting an outdoor garden statue that fits with your personality or the personality of your garden should be your top priority when picking one of these structures. Generally speaking, you don't want the statue to be bigger than your garden. And if you have a particularly large garden then one really small statue might go unnoticed or under appreciated.

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis
With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica Ellis...
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