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Photo of painted gourd doll created by Allee Brand
A doll of artist Frida Kahlo created by Allee Brand. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of painted bowls made of gourds
Allee Brand creates beautiful objects with ornamental gourds, such as these hand-painted bowls. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of various ornamental gourds
Once dry, ornamental gourds provide a structure for a variety of handmade items. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of bowl being painted
The bottom of an appropriately sized gourd is turned into a hand-painted bowl. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of white flower
The pretty white flower of many ornamental gourds requires nighttime pollinators such as the hummingbird moth. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of gourd tendril
Gourd tendrils latch to the trellis all on their own. Photo by Marshall Hinsley
Photo of gourds growing up a trellis
A trellis made of electrical conduit and fencing provides strong support for keeping heavy gourds off the bare ground. Photo by Marshall Hinsley