Gnomes are little Earth dwelling spirits rooted in Renaissance magic. I am just going to go ahead and say it, gnomes creep me out. The thought of little humanoid creatures running a muck in my backyard is nightmarish at best. I see garden gnomes in yards alongside white picket fences and in home improvement centers scattered among the begonias. I just don’t get it. How is inviting mischievous little people to hide and burrow in your yard an improvement? J.K. Rowling got it right in the Harry Potter series exposing gnomes for what they are; pests that inhabit the gardens of witches and wizards. No thank you! I am going to pass.