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Banned garden gnomes make triumphant return to Chelsea Flower Show

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Photographers gather around garden gnomes during the Chelsea Flower Show press day in London on May 20.

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Decorated gnomes designed by celebrity figures Alan Titchmarsh, Elton John, Julian Fellowes and Lily Allen are displayed at Chelsea Flower Show on May 20 in London, England.

For this year only, the Royal Horticultural Society lifted its 100-year ban on garden gnomes and other "brightly coloured mythical creatures" at the Chelsea Flower Show in London England to celebrate its centenary year and raise funds for the next generation of gardeners.

The RHS invited celebrities including Elton John, Judi Dench, and Dolly Parton to paint and decorate gnomes to feature at the world famous gardening event, before auctioning the gnomes online to raise funds for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Gnomes have been banned from the Chelsea Flower Show and other prestigious gardening events because many believe they are tacky and detract from tasteful garden design. Gnome supporters accuse event officials of snobbery.