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Sleepy Hollow Gourds
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Joan and Mike Glover lived in Myrtle Beach when they were married. They honeymooned in Bryson City, and realized they’d found the place to build their life together. They moved to their small family farm in 2007 and, today, they own and operate Sleepy Hollow Farm. Mike is a North Carolina Certified Master Gardner, and Joan is a self-taught artist in gourds and basketry. Together, they create Sleepy Hollow Gourds. Mike grows the gourds, training them to take certain shapes, and Joan decorates them using numerous, always colorful, techniques. Some of the creations combine basketry and other intricate forms of adornment.

Visitors looking to see Joan and Mike’s work will find vibrant colors and hyper-local, natural elements. On their farm—just a few minutes outside of downtown Bryson City—Joan grows gladiolas and other flowers and Mike grows blueberries, apples, pears, blackberries, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, gourds, and more.

In addition to the gourd vessels, they have painted gourd birdhouses. Mike grows luffa gourds and makes soap bars using a piece of the luffa, shea butter, and oatmeal ingredients.

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