The World’s Largest Garden Gnome is located in the Hudson River Valley in Kerhonkson, New York on the 100-acre Kelder’s Farm (in operation since 1836), about a half mile east of Highway 3 and Samsonville Road on Route 209 in Ulster County.
Originally known as Chomsky, the towering concrete gnome stands some 13 feet, 6 inches tall in front of a 10-hole edible miniature golf course (Homegrown Mini Golf, aka “Gnome on the Grange”) overlooking Route 209. The holes of the golf course are landscaped with fruits and vegetables and used as a teaching tool for local school children.
The inscription at the base of the statue reads: “The World’s Largest Garden Gnome / Kelder’s Farm, Route 209, Kerhonkson, NY / Maria Reidelbach and Ken Brown, 2003 Fabricated by John Hutchinson and Maria Reidelbach, 2006”
The idea for Chomsky the Gnome originated in the mind of Maria Reidelbach, who co-authored the book “Miniature Golf” (Abbeville Press, 1987). Formerly from Battery Park City, Reidelbach created a garden-and city sized gnome out of chicken wire and wood as part of a post-9/11 recovery effort in 2003. The gnome was meant as a symbol to watch over lower Manhattan, but in 2005 the gnome eventually found its way to a barn in Accord, NY and then to Kelder’s Farm.
In 2006, to win a record in the “Guiness Book of World Records”, Reidelbach created a 13 ft. 6 in. garden gnome in concrete. And for a time, Chomsky held the title of “The World Largest Garden Gnome” until it was supplanted in 2010 by Elwood, a portly 15-foot-tall gnome installed in the Reiman Gardens of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The gnome is the centerpiece of Reiman’s “Celebration of Garden Ornamentation” theme.
Despite losing his title, Chomsky still stands sentry at Kelder’s Farm. When you visit the farm remember to say hello and have your picture taken with him.
The World’s Largest Garden Gnome
c/o Kelder’s Farm & U-Pick
5755 Route 209