Louisiana Gourd Society

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February 2019

Hello Fellow Gourd Enthusiasts,

There are endless ideas to crafting art and functional uses with gourds.  And because gourds come in many sizes and shapes, one could choose to create at any level of skill or imagination.

Gourds can be intricately carved, painted with amazing images, embellished with natural materials as well as simply bored with a hole for a bird house. 

Many of our seasoned members are eager to share their talents with some of the newer members who are quite a bit greener with crafting.  Not only can we learn from each other but we have loads of fun in doing so!

Gourds are members of the cucumber and melon family.  Here in Louisiana they can easily be grown as long as you have at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight.   I love the idea of being able to grow gourds and ultimately create something beautiful or functional. 

For more about growing gourds and gourd art, check out the American Gourd Society (americangourdsociety.org).  There is wealth of information on gourd culture, types of gourds, sources for seed and raw gourds.

Please consider joining our fun and talented group!

Happy Gourding!

Jackie Carlisi, President


In the News:

Image 05"Louisiana Gourd Society is excited to participate in the Festival des Fleurs for the second year in a row.  Last year we had a great time working together and planning the day.  We had young gourd plants for sale at the booth, explained how to get the plants started from seed to inquiring passer-bys, and offered numerous works of gourd-art created and contributed by our members.  We also did a hands-on, interactive presentation for adults and children alike, giving everyone the opportunity to decorate a gourd pin so they could go home from the festival with their own original piece of wearable gourd-work.  In January we began creating more production pieces for this year's festival at our latest gourd patch hosted by member, Judy Scott.  We intend to finish these up at our next few gourd patches; February 22nd and again in March.  

It has been a joy to work together with our membership in planning and executing our booth at the festival.  We hope to continue to spread the word about the Louisiana Gourd Society again this year at the Festival des Fleurs taking place at Blackham Coliseum on April 13th.  Please stop by and visit our booth."


Herb Fest in SunsetMay 4, 2019

More coming soon.