Gourd Projects

My beautiful home grown gourds from last year’s garden are finally dried (yes it seems to have taken a full 12 months).  But now I am finally trying to figure what to make of them.  I am quite taken with these lovely (made from gourds) garden lamps from studiotempera on Etsy.

turkish gourd lamps

Last week while shooting for an upcoming article in Leaf Magazine I came across a huge tableful of stained and polished gourds.  This is kinda the way of things are Brimfield….you really just never know what there will be a big table of around the next corner.   I really like these too — and they would be much simpler to create….but then I am not sure what I would do with them.   Which would you do?….the obviously complicated and potentially tricky (but more impressive) lamps, or the simple stained (but  nicely earthy) versions.

stained gourds at brimfield

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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4 Comments

  1. Jenn on September 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    How many gourds are you looking at? Are you marketing the outcome?

    I’m totally captivated by the lanterns, myself.

    I keep wondering if I can grow the basket gourds here in Phoenix. Those are so cool.

  2. Nikki Kelly on September 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    The lantern ones look so lovely! I wonder how they added the color?

  3. rochelle on September 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Jenn – I only have 2 gourds — I had more but gave them to kids school for projects – so this time, they will just be for me.
    Nikki – I want to know too — and if it will hold up outside.

  4. Jodi on June 29, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Both are lovely! Can you tell me what kind of stain or dye you used?

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