The 7th annual National Heirloom Exposition 2015 in Santa Rosa California Is slightly more than one month away. The expo features concessions, entertainment, vendors, speakers, panel discussions, a botanical art show, and displays of heirloom vegetables and flowers galore. The purpose is to support and promote small farms, organic farming, and the fight for seed freedom to support the genetic diversity of our seeds and our food. It is hosted by The National Heirloom Exposition and Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company who have a great catalog of rare seeds by the way. It’s an amazing event.
Along with the flowers, tomatoes, and other heirlooms is an assortment of gourds that is truly mind blowing. Every year they construct the infamous gourd tower as the main attraction and most photographed display of the weekend.
The variety in the tower is stunning. Here is another view that shows the size of only one of the buildings used for the event.
The mural behind the gourd tower depicts life in Sonoma County where I live. That’s right, it’s all vineyards, rolling hills, and balloon rides. (Well, sort of, … ) There are so many gourds brought in that they are everywhere decorating every flat surface throughout the whole grounds. And stuffed into every nook.
These pictures are all taken by me at the 2015 Exposition. Last year I attended without my camera because I remembered something a photographer friend of mine said when asked why she didn’t have her camera with her. She replied, “Because I want to be here, now”. So I went unencumbered for the complete just being there experience.
Anyway, I can’t wait. Check the links above to see the particulars of this event. Speakers come from around the world and the “who’s who” of vendors attending is formidable. In closing I want to share my favorite picture from that experience because when you have all those gourds and you need a doorstop …
I truly wish that someone one day will purchase that picture in some form because I love it so much and wonder if I’m just out to lunch or something. It’s one of my favorite pictures ever. See you at the Expo perhaps.