Idaho Gourd Society

                                               Rho Chapter of the American Gourd Society

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The Tole Shed **
Veletta Murphey
Phone:  208-922-5929

Dan Landers Gourd Grower
Paul, Idaho 83347
Phone:  208-438-4433

Rising Sunflower Flutes (Thunderdrums)**
Ron Swank
Phone:  208-914-1776

Gourd Designs **
Gary Carr
Phone:  208-639-0591

Wood Burning by Shelly Renae
Pyrography Artist & Teacher

Lorrie Ferris**

Chia Wood - website “making gourd Instruments”

American Gourd Society


Local Gourd Suppliers and Artists and Members of IDGS

Seed, Gourds and Gourd Supplies

Greg Dorrance Company

Greg Leiser Farms

Nedra Dennison - Sawdust Connection

Welburn Gourd Farm

Arizona Gourds

Click on the Festival Supporters tab under Festival for a list of companies that supported our 2016 Festival.  Included is a brief description of the services & supplies they offer.

Will gourds grow in Idaho?

Most assuredly!  We have many members who succeed in growing gourds in Idaho.  Part of the Idaho Gourd Society’s mission is to educate and assist local growers.

How to dry Gourds..

Gourds need air to properly dry. Lots of air. So if you pick your gourds early, DON'T put them some place where they will not get good air flow, like in a cellar or a small room. Do not dry gourds in your house.  Mold spores can cause respiratory problems.  Do NOT drill holes in your gourds for drying purposes they will dry just fine if left alone.

Gourds will dry out in the weather just fine. No, it won't hurt them to get wet from rain, nor will it hurt them to freeze. Yes, a hard freeze will kill the vines and leaves, but mature gourds will do just fine. Commercial growers don't pick their gourds from the fields until they are fully dry. Gourds are dry when they are very light in weight and the seeds rattle when they are shaken. Gourds that are left on the vine to dry, harden off much better and seem to be of much higher quality than gourds that have been picked while still green.
It generally takes 3 to 6 months for a gourd to be completely dry.

How to clean a dried gourd..

Soak the gourd in a bucket filled with warm soapy water.  After the gourd has soaked for a half an hour or more scrub the outside of the gourd with a kitchen scrubber. Use the dull edge of a butter knife to scrape off stubborn mold and blemishes.  Wash the gourd until the outer surface is free of blemishes and mold.

Let the gourd dry completely before painting, carving, or wood burning.  The inside can be cleaned after the outside is cleaned & dried.  Cut an opening in the gourd and clean out the seeds and membrane.  The inside can then be painted.

** Supporters of the 2016 Festival