Designing the Gorgeous Gourds Exhibition

The first Gorgeous Group was on Sunday 22nd October and the group agreed an overview plan for the layout of the lower greenhouse for the exhibition. Our exhibitions are more then just horticultural, they are theatre. Our visitors want to see something out of the ordinary. Something a little spectacular… And that’s what we’re aiming to create.

We are going to remove all the staging from the East and North side of the greenhouse. On the East side the gourds will be grown in large containers resting on the floor and will be trained up the ribs of the greenhouse. This will allow a wider walkway into the exhibition. The North side of the greenhouse will be clear for seating providing an even larger ‘lounge space that proved so popular this year.

In the central bed, two rows of vines will be trained up coppiced poles and then onto the ribs. On the west side gourds will be grown in improvised grow bags and allowed to trail on the staging. A lattice of poles will be installed running between the ribs at approximately 900mm centres all over the central bed and the complete length of the greenhouse on the East side towards the central bed. There will be an interpretation section on the East side adjacent to the door. Henrietta’s plan shows the 2018 greenhouse plan and the exact position of the ribs.

Plan for LGH for 2018

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Looking at the plan it looks as if we will be able to grow around 25 vines. We hope for an average of 2 fruits per vine. That means that we will need to choose 5 or perhaps 6 cultivars. Members should have a look around at seed vendors to see what they would like to grow. Make a start on eBay here http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/bottle-gourd  and on Etsy here https://www.etsy.com/uk/market/bottle_gourd. The Garden Organic growing guide which was distributed at the workshop is here.

Several members of the group are unable to attend regularly and have agreed to work on specific tasks between each workshop date. Paul agreed to search for coppiced poles and David and Chris intend to demount the staging before the next workshop. Chris is continuing to remove the gingers and a combination of the Michael Tippett School and a corporate group will remove the compost and manure.

The next session will be on Sunday 19th November at 10.00. We’ll be cleaning down the greenhouse and washing inside the windows at this session. Marigolds will be provided! We’ll also be discussing and agreeing how to develop interpretation material and demonstration gourds.

The full list of workshop dates is:

Sun 22 Oct 2017 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 19 Nov 2017 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 17 Dec 2017 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 14 Jan 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 18 Feb 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 25 Mar 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 22 Apr 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 20 May 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 17 Jun 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 15 Jul 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 12 Aug 2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sun 9 Sep 2018 10:30am – 1:00pm

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