Gourds have served many purposes since they have been introduced in North America such as bowls, ladles, bottles, and birdhouses. This past fall we grew birdhouse gourds on the York farm, and we have turned a few of those gourds into lovely houses to attract purple martins.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of using gourds, or the benefits of purple martins in agriculture, make sure to fly on over to the York barn on Saturday June 19th at 2 p.m. CST. In this program, we will go over the history and importance of gourds, and birds in agriculture. Attendees will get the chance to make their own birdhouses out of the gourds grown here on the park to take home with them. This program is $5 per gourd group.
Sign up online through the following link: https://reserve.tnstateparks.com/register/gourdeous-birdhouse-design