Gourd Garden

Eli Whitney Museum

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Vacation Program

  • Thursday, April 21, 2011
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 8 to 12

Gourds are a fruit, cousin to the pumpkin, that seem to have traveled to the Americas with migrants 10,000 years ago. They are useful natural vessels, musical instruments, totems, and sometimes food. It's no wonder early travelers favored them. Create a sculptural bank and a bird house with gourds we have collected. Weather permitting, help construct and plant a gourd garden for next year's crop. Take some seeds to plant at home. Join a very long tradition of building with natural materials.

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