During last year’s county fair, the Colusa County Master Gardeners handed out packets of gourd seeds, in hopes of sprouting an interest in a gourd workshop.
“We had one person who planted a whole lot of gourds,” said Master Gardener, Gerry Hernandez.
Located in the Community Building at the Colusa Fairgrounds, a free workshop was held to assist those seeking to create unique items with the locally grown gourds.
“I love gourds because they are so interesting, and each one has its character,” said Master Gardener, Annelie Lauwerijssen.
Participants powered up their power tools and began creating bird houses, and plant containers.
“We have an inspiration book available for everyone to look at, and we are her to provide some assistance,” said Hernandez.
Master Gardener, Cynthia White commented that some amazing things can be created with gourds.
“From bowls to some very intricate pieces, they can become beautiful pieces of art,” said White.
Most recently the Colusa County Master Gardeners have focused their efforts from tutorial based workshops to hands-on, take-it-with-you opportunities.
“We discovered people want to take something with them after a class,” said Hernandez, “this new way of educating by hands-on experience is great.”
The Colusa County Master Gardeners are a group of individuals who have been trained using U.C. methodologies and science-based information to adequately provide gardening advice.
The Master Gardeners of Colusa County can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (530) 458-0570.