Learn about gourds, heirloom tomatoes

Published 9:40 am Thursday, August 23, 2018

Mocksville Garden Club is hosting an ornamental gourd workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Davie County Public Library, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring a bag lunch, an apron, and $5. The $5 will cover the cost of the supplies.

Juli Fleming from the NC Gourd Society and the American Gourd Society will be there with gourds to make ornaments. Fleming visited the club last spring.

“This will be a fun event for learning how a simple gourd can be turned into a beautiful object,” said Linda Dean.

For more information or to attend the workshop, call Dean at 336-492-6053, or Judy Rosser at 336-751-5801. Or just show up. Bring a friend.

The club welcomes visitors to the first meeting for the new year at the former fellowship hall behind the First United Methodist Church on North Main Street on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

The program, “Growing Heirloom Tomatoes,”  will feature Teresa Smith, a local organic gardener and tomato fanatic who has been fascinated with tomatoes her whole life.  She has more than 400 varieties that she has been working with. She bought a house on North Main Street in Mocksville and is in the process of moving all of her tomato gardening to her gardens there, plus restoring the 1880s Gothic Revival historical home. She named her new garden on this property the Terranova Farm.

She will discuss the history of heirloom tomatoes, and how to save the seeds and grow these tomatoes. She was featured in the July 27 edition of the Winston-Salem Journal.

The club is always looking for new members who love gardening and want to learn more.

“You don’t need to have a garden to be in the club,  you just need to love be interested in plants,” Dean said. “And with a different program each month, you will be surprised at what’s going on around you, from growing flowers and vegetables, to tree and lawn care, garden décor, cooking with herbs, making wine, etc. The topics are endless, and the club goes on a few tours to see first hand all the activities going on concerning plants.”

For more information, call Dean.