I don't claim to know much about Buddhism at all, but I'm just gonna guess that the people picking up the decorative Buddha statues from Home Sense and plunking them in their gardens and on their mantels also do not know much about that religion.
I dunno. It just seems disrespectful to me.
And why does Buddha want to sit in your garden anyway?
But then I also take offence to chubby angelic garden children.