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Every year goes by faster.  I focus on being in every moment, trying to grasp each minute so I can remember the events of each day that goes by.  But, today is March 18 and already I sense I have lost moments.......

I have been disciplined to spend time each day doing the things that are important to me; Bible study and worship, working out, preparing nutritional meals and gourding!  These things with family and friends are all I truly require.  But, there is so much more to experience.......................

We have decided not to grow large gourds this year, for several reasons.  The last two years' harvest has been quite dissapointing after a lot of time and hard work was devoted to the garden.  Also, I am choosing to develop the carving techniques and require thicker gourds.  For gourds that do not need the thickness, I will rely on the barn inventory from the past several years.  When I wish to carve, I will rely on gourds purchased from other growers.  The brightest point of all of this:   MORE TIME TO DESIGN GOURDS!!!!

2015 Schedule 
April 11, 2015 
Wisconsin Gourd Festival
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI
9am - 4pm Free parking, Live music, Seed experts, Raw gourds, Gourd growers, Silent auction, Kid activities
This is the first time for me at any Wisconsin venue so I am doubly excited.  I was fortunate enough to meet some of the Wisconsin Gourd Society members at the fall Gourd and Basket Weavers convention where I taught a class on how to make your own gourd kaleidoscope.  We all enjoyed it and they asked me to teach the class at their gourd festival.  I am so humbled and excited.  I am going to teach and vend at this one - my husband will hold down the "fort" while I teach so he will need your patience and help!  I can hardly wait to meet some more Wisconsin gourd lovers! To register for the "Design your own kaleidoscope" go online to www.wisconsingourdsociety.org/festival under the Calendar tab or Festival tab and send in a class registration form. You will really enjoy this class as well as the end product of a beautiful gourd kaleidoscope!
May 2, 2015 
Mississippi River Valley Art Drive
My house!  22185 180th Ave, Davenport, IA 52807  call 563-508-1853 for directions
or go to www.mrvad.com for a map     Hours 9am - 4pm 
I will have gourd art, gourd jewelry, gourd kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscope kits, gourd musical instruments, and raw gourds available as well as trans dyes for creating your own gourd designs. I will also feature the exquisite hand made cards of my sister-in-law, Janine and the hand made goat soap of my cousin, Bethany. I cannot wait to tell you my personal experience with this goat soap.  And, I do not have to say anything about Janine's cards, they are simply the most elegant card to which you can put your emotions. See you then!


The new pieces debuting at the Wisconsin Gourd Society festival in Madison will be posted just prior to the show, giving priority to those who attend the show. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Kaleidoscope Gourds - $45 includes stand and tax
2.5" x 2.5" Each gourd design is unique - inside & out - great gift idea!

Emerald Eye $75
5" high by 8" across. Shows off depth, texture, and deep color.

Dolphins Posed $74
5" height and 8" wide. Appearance of bronzed sculpture of 3 dolphins

Feather Conch $72
5" tall 4" wide Detailed cut outs, lattice and filigree

Wooden $64
Large bowl gourd 10" wide 4" tall. Dark wook appearance



Gourd Pyramid Trio


Amber Waves

Bronzeness $63
Cut uniquely, simply enhanced in bronze.





Gourd Lace $88 - SOLD
Filigree, lines, natural colors, and black!

Tumbled $72-sold
A new technique to enhance inlay.

Chestnut Lamp $90 - SOLD
There is nothing like an unique lamp to enhance your living space.


Spring is coming - we have a potential 50 degree day in our forescast.  I have been told robins have been sighted! My gourds are still under a pile of snow, but I think not for long!  Yes, seeds are here, diagrams are laid out and the studio is full of fresh ideas and enthusiasm for the season! Can't wait to show you. 





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THANK YOU for visiting Rhonda's Garden website!

If you would like to be informed when the next class opens, please go to the "contact us" page of this site and send an e-mail stating your class interest and availability.

I will be in touch!
Thank you!

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If you are a fellow artist and are looking for help directing people to your art and studio, go to http://www.mrvad.com/.  You will find it a great on line opportunity as well as the chance to bring people to your studio during the bi-annual self driving tour!

My studio is open for gourd viewing by appointment for those who are interested in gourd purchases or ordering a commissioned piece! Please call to schedule an appointment: 563-508-1853.
It is possible to purchase and ship items from this web-site.
Prices will be listed on the site, sales will be over the phone with immediate shipping available.
Please call or text with any questions you may have: 563-508-1853 or e-mail me: rhondasgarden@csteldridge.com

If you are looking for a speaker for your organization, I love to share what I know about growing, cleaning, safety, and the art of the gourd! I do power point presentations, hands on classes, or a combination of both. 

I also give classes, minimum of 3 people per class.  563-508-1853

I give classes in my home or your location.  See the Class page for current schedule or contact me to set up your own class, with friends or by yourself!

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Welcome to Rhonda's Garden & Gifts
You may view the artist's profile on "About Rhonda"

I truly enjoy my gourd art.  I call it play, not work.  If you see something you like that may be sold, remember, I can never duplicate an item.  I can work with a similiar sized or shaped gourd, similiar colors and embellishments, but every gourd is truly one-of-a-kind. 
I complete all outside pieces, like the pink flamingo, with a seal coat that will protect it for outside display for one season.  After this amount of time you will want to bring the item in, clean it, and reseal it with a coat of wax or other appropriate sealant.  Please do not leave gourds outside during the winter months in areas where the temperature drops below 40 degrees.  The gourds will eventually crack when exposed to freezing and extreme heat.  Even if you take your pink flamingo gourd to Florida, you will want to reseal it from time to time to keep it from cracking and aging - gourds are truly a gift that will last forever, when cared for properly.

Gourd Points $40
Geometrically a sphere, squared!

White & Tan! $40 SOLD
This is a gourd you can use as a pencil holder or flower vase!

Gourds have been around forever.  They have been used to carry water, mix food, serve food, musical instruments, worship gods, and their seeds have been a sign of prosperity in tribes and coveted by leaders for many years.  Gourd history is endless, as endless as the shapes of gourds and the many ways that they may enhance our lives and environments.

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