These are THE pumpkins everyone is gaga for! Created by Laura Eubanks of San Diego, they are the perfect combination for a Southwestern Thanksgiving. I took Laura’s class at Green Gardens Nursery in San Diego last Saturday, and now I’m going to share what I learned. First of all, it’s easy to get terrific results! Assemble the following: clear gel craft glue (Laura uses Aleene’s brand), a glue gun, spray glue, a pumpkin with a bowl shaped top, moss, small and mini succulents, seeds, pods and dried buds (can be collected under trees).
As you can see, the moss is ordinary — spray the top of the pumpkin well with the spray glue. You don’t want to glue anything on the sides as they won’t stick: confine the moss to the top. The moss should be 1⁄2 ” thick, patted down.
Now you are ready to start gluing on the larger succulents and buds with the clear gel glue. The larger pieces should be glued first, towards the center. It’s best to have no stems or cut them very short and to have a variety of colors if possible.
Next glue in the smaller succulents, buds, pods, etc. with the same gel glue. Tuck little pieces in all over, mixing up the colors. You can see the first photo for guidance. It’s best to have a lot of stuff as that makes the pumpkins interesting. Seeds and pods around the perimeter should be attached with a glue gun.
The pumpkin should dry for about 12 hours. Laura recommends the following care: keep out of direct sunlight, Mist with tap water once a week, keep indoors for up to one week at a time, best outdoors in a semi-shady location. Laura had a pumpkin last for almost 9 months, although there are no guarantees!
Laura is selling these along with Christmas pumpkins on her website, www.design4serenity.com. There is a limited delivery area as they are too heavy and fragile to ship. Laura and husband Greg Eubanks are both Master Gardeners, and they offer “design and implementation of intimate garden settings.” In addition, Laura is a Master Composter (!), garden lecturer, and conducts workshops. Thank you, Laura, for your generosity in sharing your pumpkins with my readers!
Green Gardens Nursery is a wonderful neighborhood business in Pacific Beach, a suburb of San Diego. They are getting geared up for the holidays with extensive offerings. Their website is www.sdgreengardens.com. They have a terrific succulent collection for sale, as well as some of Laura’s pumpkins.
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Friday, 11⁄4 — Sunday 11⁄6 Green Gardens Nursery (see above) will be having their Annual Holiday Open House with refreshments and a 15% discount on gift shop items. Friday 4 — 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am — 5pm. (858) 483‑7846