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 http://www.americangourdsociety.org/ 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.
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 . . .
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
tFall Festival at the Botanic Garden in September 2012
tLebanon Art Festival in Lebanon, June 2011