North Carolina Gourd Society


About: The mission of the North Carolina Gourd Society is to promote the history and culture of gourds in North Carolina and the nation. This includes providing education and assistance to gourd specialists and the general public in growing, crafting, and artistic uses of gourds. These efforts culminate each year with the North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival, held in November at the State Fairgrounds. The North Carolina Gourd Society (formerly the Gourd Village Garden Club) first met in Cary in 1937. The oldest chapter of the American Gourd Society, it is among the oldest garden clubs in North Carolina.

Contact: Paul Buescher (919) 696-0744

Volunteer Opportunities: We need volunteers for our yearly gourd festival held in November. It takes many people to run a two-day gourd festival and since the North Carolina Gourd Society is a non-profit organization, we can't hire people to help. Club members do all of the setup work, provide club table coverage, and assist with the placement of the competition gourds as well as help with the judging. Check website for details.