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Claudette Hart "The Gourd Lady of Merrickville"

 
Long-time Canadian artist Claudette Hart began with watercolors and pottery. But about 6 years she got bitten by a different bug. Now her studio is one of the stops in an arts-oriented village and she's become known as "The Gourd Lady of Merrickville."
Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin learned more about the unique appeal of gourds with a recent visit to Hart's garage workshop and back-yard storage shed.


Links:
Canadian Gourd Society
American Gourd Society
Gourds: Wikipedia
Gourd birdhouses
World of Gourds
Safety considerations
Harvesting tips
Gourd cultivation