Good morning, Pumpkinistas!
The anual gourd festival in Fallbrook is coming! If you've never had a chance to attend this fascinating and very interesting event that includes gourd crafting and instruction, a gourd competition, gourd crafts, music, food, hula dancing and other performances all under the oaks at the Welburn Gourd Farm in Fallbrook, CA, you've been missing out. It's a wonderful way to spend a day or afternoon. My only suggestions is try to arrive early. You may need the extra time to see everything. Here's the link for more information, directions, admission, and hours: http://www.gourdfestival.com/
This year, there will be a display of gourds made out of glass. (They are pictured above!) The only other place that I know that has botanical materials made of glass is the Harvard Natural History History Museum's Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/the-collection-of-glass-flowers/visiting-the-galleries-2.html
It looks like it will be a lot of fun again this year.