Michael Russo, a retired art teacher, has been arranging flowers for weddings, parties, and special events for several years, growing many of the blossoms in his organic flowerbeds. Freshly harvested gourds are often featured in his autumn bouquets, either as vases or as elements in the arrangements. Michael explains how to craft a temporary gourd vase:
Gourd seeds are often sold in mixed-variety packets that yield an astounding array of surprises. Choose a gourd that will be stable when sitting on a tabletop.