Promoting and Supporting Gourd Art in Canada

About Gourds

What are Gourds?

A “gourd” is the fruit of certain plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, these plants are divided amongst the Lagenaria and Cucurbita genera. Lagenaria gourds are the large, “hardshell” variety whilst those belonging to Cucurbita are the small, (often brightly coloured) ornamental types typically found in the autumn at pumpkin farms and fall fairs.

The larger, hardshell gourds of Lagenaria are harvested after the first hard frost and dried outdoors over winter. In spring they are collected and cleaned, ready for crafting. While the smaller Cucurbita gourds can be crafted, they are often picked too soon and either rot before they finish drying properly, or their dried shells are too thin for crafting.

Please click on the links below to learn more about gourds:

Gourd Identification Charts

Gourd Identification Charts

Charts used on this website by permission of The Gourd Reserve. Special Thanks to Dan and Carmella Dunkin.

Northern Grow Guide

Northern Grow Guide

Growing Gourds in Northern Climates. Thanks to Peter Bell of Northern Dipper.

Harvesting Information

Harvesting Information

Thanks to Pam Grossi, formerly of Northern Dipper, and also to the former editors of our quarterly publication, Canadian Gourder, Ed and Darienne McAuley.

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