The Illinois Gourd Society was formed in July, 1998 by a small group of gourd artists and growers who wanted to promote this craft in Illinois.  The goals of this Society are directed towards the education and instruction of individuals within the state of Illinois who are interested in gourd culture, uses, history, and/or crafting. This Society continues to grow in numbers since its inception. The ILGS is a member of the American Gourd Society Sister states with gourd societies are Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, and Kentucky. There are 24 states with gourd chapters of the AGS. Check our links page page for their web pages and more information on gourd resources. 
President of ILGS Lynn Quinn
Vice-President Paula Farrell
Secretary: Lynne Baldwin
Treasurer/Membership  Rhonda Adair
Newsletter Editor: Karen Caldwell
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  • Upcoming Events
    • May 2-3-4 -- If you would like to judge this year at the Indiana Gourd Show at the Lebanon IN fairgrounds (just northwest of Indianapolis on I-65), please contact Philip Moorhead If you did not get a show schedule book, it is available at
    • June 14-15: NW Regional Gourd Show at Council Hill -- please contact Carol Lawrence if you are interested in vending, working demonstrations or scheduling classes
    • September 20-21: Fall Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden
      • Attention all teachers - Please contact Sandy Bulgrin for opportunities at the show. April 15 is the cutoff date for you class description. class size, and requirements.
      • Vendors - Lynn Quinn will be coordinating applications for booth space this year. Email  More details will be coming in the next newsletter.

    The Presidents' Message -- July, 2013

    Greetings from the Illinois Gourd Society, and welcome to our web page. We are the Omicron chapter of the American Gourd Society, which is composed of 7 regional groups across the state of Illinois. The regions are autonomous and very creative, so gourd festivals and gatherings can be found from spring through fall across the state of Illinois. Most ILGS regions have "gourd patches" that meet throughout the year. Patches provide a wonderful way to learn more about gourd craft and build friendships with like minded artists, crafters and growers. ILGS membership is only $10 a year, and includes an outstanding newsletter, "The Prairie Gourd", which is published 4 times a year. The membership application is here on our web page. 

    The 2013 ILGS annual festival and member meeting will be held September 12-15 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The schedule allows vendors to begin setting up as early as Thursday afternoon through Friday, classes begin on Friday, and the show is formally open to the public Saturday the 14th through Sunday the 15th. The Chicago Botanic Garden has been rated one of the top gardens of the world, and members of the Illinois Gourd Society gain free admission to the gardens for our show. The 2013 festival theme is "Celebrating the Prairie Gourd". We welcome you to mark your calendar and plan to join the celebration!

           Photos from past events . . . 
      tllinois Gourd Society Fall Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden in September 2013
      tMidwestern Herb and Garden Show at Times Square Mall, in Mount Vernon in February 2013
      tIL NW Festival in Council Hills in April 2012
      tIL NW Regional Festival in Galena, May 2012
      tGreat Gourd Gathering in Arthur, June 2012
      tBonnie Adams Carving Flowers Class  in Peoria Hts, June 2012
      tBelleville Garden Club July 2012 
      tLebanon Art Festival in Lebanon, June 2011
    Want to learn more about gourds? Visit our Gourd Society links page