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Gourds as Hanging Plant Containers Class

Thursday, August 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hanging plants offer a wide variety of decorating options.  You can use them to soften your outdoor living space and add colorful annuals to give a quite area of a porch some pizazz!  Or you can use a hanging container for your indoor gardening space and plant some houseplants that will give you some green excitement throughout the fall and winter months.

Lynn Hoffmann from the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association will show you how to use a gourd as a container and you will be able to decorate it to match a color scheme or add some garden whimsy to your green space.  Once the gourd is decorated you will be able to choose several different types of plants to pot in your container.  These will be house plants that you many choose from. 

The gourds will be cleaned, and holes cut in them for your planting.  We will discuss the many ways you can decorate the gourds and how you can hang them.  We will make a simple and retro macramé hanger that you will make for your gourd. 

Students should bring scissors and the class will be held in Belle Grove's Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center (barn).  Class will start at 10:30 and end at 12:30. Fee is $15 to cover the cost of materials.