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Ash Gourd - Petha - Winter Melon Plant

Ash Gourd - Petha - Winter Melon Plant


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ASH GOURD - PETHA - WINTER MELON - WHITE PUMPKIN OR BENINCASA HISPIDA PLANT

Ash gourd grows well in very warm weather and with proper care it can be stored for up to 12 months. Ash gourds of the Indian subcontinent have a white coating with rough texture (hence the name ash gourd, literally, in some vernaculars). In India, the wax gourd is recognized for its medicinal properties in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. This gourd is used both in curries and sweet desserts. "Petha Badi" is a favorite in my home as it can be fried and used in sabzis or just have it as a snack which has a hint of sourness.
 
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Bottle Gourd Plant - Lauki or Dudhi - Lagenaria Siceraria - 4" Pot.

Bottle Gourd Plant - Lauki or Dudhi - Lagenaria Siceraria - 4" Pot.


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BOTTLE GOURD PLANT - LAUKI OR DUDHI - LAGENARIA SICERARIA


Bottle Gourd popularly known as Lauki (Hindi), Dudhi (Gujarati) and Opo-squash (Filipino) is a tropical vine plant and grows fast in the warm summer days. It belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae like bitter gourd, pumpkin, cucumber etc. 


Easily grown from seeds, this annual vine can be planted outdoors when the soil temperatures have reached about 70 degrees F either in ground or in containers. Lauki plants generally prefer light, sandy or loamy, well-drained soils and can be grown in a set of 3 per mound or 2 per 10 gallon container. They prefer a few hours of full sun along with light afternoon shade and consistent moisture. 


It is best to support this vine on a trellis or along the fence, or if space is not a concern, let it spread on ground. However, supporting it has several advantages including easier management, not getting dirt, better formation of fruit, reduced bugs or mildew problems. 


As the weather warms this vine grows vigorously in height (4ft – 10ft) with strong thick stems ready to bear and support the fruits. White delicate flowers begin to appear and bloom late evening. Most of the first flowers are male flowers. When the female flowers (identified by a small fruit behind the white petals) appear, they have a better chance of setting the fruit if they are hand pollinated. 


For consuming purposes, the fruit should be harvested when young (when you notice the fuzziness gone on the surface of the lauki) or about 8-12”. For ornamental purposes, it can be harvested in the fall. 


For more prolific growth, trimming some stem sections is recommended and harvesting the fruit as they are ready for more to come.


Lauki has 98% water content and is rich in Potassium, Calcium and Vitamin C with dietary fiber of 1.2g. Carb content is approximately 3.69 g for 100 g of cooked bottle gourd thus having a Net Carb of 2.5 g approximately.


Studies show that it helps in maintaining a healthy heart and blood pressure by lowering the LDL (Bad) cholesterol levels. It also helps stabilize blood sugar levels for diabetics. With a low-calorie value, it can be effectively used in many diets such as keto, low-carb, diabetic, blood-pressure and weight-loss.


Lauki is a delicious vegetable that has many uses. It has a delicate nutty flavor adds greatly to hot curries or having a cooling effect in yogurts. Some favorites recipes that have lauki are sambar, raita, koftas, fritters, halwas, sabzis, parathas or simply saute it like you would using squash for a more crisper texture.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, please let me know. Will be happy to help!

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Bottle Gourd Seeds - Lauki or Dudhi - Lagenaria Siceraria

Bottle Gourd Seeds - Lauki or Dudhi - Lagenaria Siceraria


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20 seeds packet

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Chinese Karela Plant - Bitter Gourd

Chinese Karela Plant - Bitter Gourd


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Chinese karela is a smoother variety in the bitter gourd family. It is relatively bigger in size than it’s indian cousin and less bitter too. It is used in many asian cuisines.


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Chinese Karela Seeds - Bitter Gourd

Chinese Karela Seeds - Bitter Gourd


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5 seeds packet

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Curry Leaf Plant - 6" Pot. 6-8" Tall. Grown for 1 Year.

Curry Leaf Plant - 6" Pot. 6-8" Tall. Grown for 1 Year. (OUT OF STOCK)


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MURRAYA KOENIGII - CURRY LEAF PLANT (OUT OF STOCK)

Last year I had curry leaf plants in 4" pots and 2-3 months young. This year I have plants grown for about 1 year in 6" pots and are now about 6-8" tall. Available for pickup on Saturdays and Sundays only. Please schedule a date and time below and pay in cash at the time of pickup.
 
Murraya koenigii or Curry leaf tree also known as sweet neem or kadi patta or curry vepila, is a tropical tree native to the Indian subcontinent.
 
The curry leaf tree grows best in zones 9-12 and when the temperature is above or around 65°F. It grows best in well-drained soils in areas with full sun or partial shade, preferably away from the wind. 
 
According to USDA hardiness zone, Portland OR, falls in the zone of 8b or 9a, thus it is best suited to be grown in containers pots and taken indoors during the colder months. With proper care (water, warmth and light) during its time indoors, the plant will do well and survive these winter months to be taken out again when the temperatures have warmed up.
 
The fresh leaves are very aromatic and used in seasonings, curries (Sambhar, rasam, kadhi, vadas) and many dishes across the Indian subcontinent. Dry leaves are also used, but it’s aroma and flavor is not close to using fresh. Another lesser known use is in extraction of its oils to make scented soaps.

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Extra Long Green Chilis Plants

Extra Long Green Chilis Plants


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Fruit long and straight, high resistance. Early variety with average size 25cm (about 9 inches).. Very pungent. High yield. Wide adaptability. For the indian palate, it is delicious and hot. Can be used to make pickles, indian spicy dishes or just eaten raw with meals.

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Extra Long Green Chilis Seeds

Extra Long Green Chilis Seeds


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10 seeds packet

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Fairytale Eggplant Plant

Fairytale Eggplant Plant


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Very prolific and with a mild flavor about 3-4in to full maturity.

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Ghost Peppers - Bhut Jolokia Plants

Ghost Peppers - Bhut Jolokia Plant


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GHOST PEPPER - BHUT JOLOKIA PLANT

Ghost pepper also known as Bhut Jolokia is one of the hottest peppers. It held the Guinness World Record for 4 years starting 2007 of being the hottest pepper. It is cultivated in the Northeast Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.
It is quite tolerant to hot weather and has 2 varieties. The rough skin and smooth skin both grow to about 2.5-3.3 inches in length and colors include red, orange, yellow and brown. Smooth skin ones are more prolific.
 
Bhut jolokia is used in foods, pickles and spices both in fresh and dried forms.

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Indian Green Chili Plants

Indian Green Chili Plants


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This variety is very pungent and high yield about 2 in long and stubby. For the Indian palate, it is delicious and hot. Can be used to make pickles, Indian spicy dishes or just eaten raw with meals.

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Indian Karela Plant - Bitter Gourd

Indian Karela Plant - Bitter Gourd


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As it turns out, Indian bitter melon, or karela, is a commonly cooked vegetable in Indian cuisine. It's described all over the Internet as an "acquired taste," and apparently soaking it in salt water helps to remove some of the bitterness.

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Indian Karela Seeds - Bitter Gourd

Indian Karela Seeds - Bitter Gourd


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5 seeds packet

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Malabar Spinach (Dwarf) Plants - Poi Saag (two 4" pots)

Malabar Spinach (Dwarf) Plants


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MALABAR SPINACH (DWARF) PLANTS - POI SAAG

It is native to South Asia, probably originated in the monsoon fed tropical regions of Malabar Coast of India and Sri Lanka. In Asia, basella identified by different names in countries. Some of the common names for this herb are Ceylon spinach, Malabar spinach, saan choy (Chinese), mong toi (Vietnamese), alugbati (Philippines), pui saag (Bengali), remayong (Malay), etc. A perennial vine grown for its edible leaves and shoots. It produces green stems and dark green leaves. Used raw or cooked. Provide trellises for support for easy harvesting. Grown as an annual in cold climates. 70 days.

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Moringa Oliefera Seeds

Moringa Oliefera Seeds


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MORINGA OLEIFERA – DRUMSTICK TREE SEEDS
 
Moringa oleifera, also known as the drumstick tree or the “miracle tree”, is native to India and widely cultivated in Asia, Africa and South America. These full sun loving trees are easy to grow and perform their best outdoors in USDA growing zones 9-11. Portland OR falls in USDA hardiness zone of 8b or 9a.
 
Moringa tree is a highly valued tree because it is packed with 90+ vitamins, minerals, vital proteins and amino acids, antioxidants, and omega oils. Its leaves, pods, seeds and even its root are edible and have been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicines for its health benefits such as its anti-fungal, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps combat infant malnutrition and supports healthy and increased lactation for nursing mothers. It helps in maintaining a healthy blood sugar level for diabetics and much more.
 
Instead of the expensive bottles of multivitamins and supplements, you can grow this tree in your backyard for quick and easy access to the leaves for snacks, dishes, curries or just salads for nourishment. Simply sautéing the leaves lightly with salt and pepper is a delicious snack or boiling it with lentils or curries, or salads is very beneficial to your immune system.
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Moringa Oliefera Tree Plant - 6" Pot.

Moringa Oliefera Plant - 6" Pot.


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MORINGA OLEIFERA – DRUMSTICK TREE PLANT
 
Moringa oleifera, also known as the drumstick tree or the “miracle tree”, is native to India and widely cultivated in Asia, Africa and South America. These full sun loving trees are easy to grow and perform their best outdoors in USDA growing zones 9-11. Portland OR falls in USDA hardiness zone of 8b or 9a.
 
Moringa tree is a highly valued tree because it is packed with 90+ vitamins, minerals, vital proteins and amino acids, antioxidants, and omega oils. Its leaves, pods, seeds and even its root are edible and have been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicines for its health benefits such as its anti-fungal, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps combat infant malnutrition and supports healthy and increased lactation for nursing mothers. It helps in maintaining a healthy blood sugar level for diabetics and much more.
 
Instead of the expensive bottles of multivitamins and supplements, you can grow this tree in your backyard for quick and easy access to the leaves for snacks, dishes, curries or just salads for nourishment. Simply sautéing the leaves lightly with salt and pepper is a delicious snack or boiling it with lentils or curries, or salads is very beneficial to your immune system.
 
An important note: For your convenience, these plants are in 6” pots so they could be easily taken indoors during the colder months (NW weather is not entirely favorable for Moringa) as it is advisable not to disturb the root for 1 year for a stronger and more prolific growth in the following years. After 1 year, you can repot it in a bigger container.
 



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Ridge Gourd Plant - Turai

Ridge Gourd Plant - Turai


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RIDGE GOURD – LUFFA – TURAI – LUFFA ACUTANGULAR
 
Ridge Gourd also known as Luffa, Sponge Gourd, Turai (Hindi), Chinese Okra is an long cylindrical vegetable that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae/gourd family. It is a popular vegetable in Indian, Chinese and Filipinos cuisines. The two most common species of Luffa are Ridge Gourd (Luffa Acutangular) which has ridges along its length and Smooth Luffa (Luffa Cylindrica) which is larger and smooth skin like a cucumber. In both varieties, the interior of the young/immature fruit have a smooth spongy and crunchy flesh with tiny soft seeds and is edible. If left to grow, the fruit will become fibrous and bitter to taste thus inedible. The inedible ones are often let out to dry and when the dried skin and seeds are removed, they are used as scrubbing sponges in kitchens and bathrooms.
 
Ridge gourd Luffa are not frost-hardy, and require 150 to 200 warm days to mature. It flourishes in sandy, fertile soils with consistent moisture and good sunlight. For in-ground planting, plant 2-3 plants per hill spaced 1 ft apart and for containers, 2 plants per 10 gallon container is suggested. This vine grows fast as the weather warms and often requires support to facilitate it spreading. 
 
Ridge gourd like other gourds has separate male and female flowers. The flowers are yellow and very fragrant. To me, they smell like jasmine. When in full bloom, at dusk with slight wind blowing, the fragrance that spreads in your yard is breathtaking! The female flowers will have a tiny fruit behind the petal that looks like a miniature Turai, while the male ones won’t. Pollination to form the fruit is done by bees and other insects but hand pollination sets a better chance of fruit. With some trimming and pruning of the plant, you can set up a good yield. Knowing just when to harvest, however, is a bit of a challenge. When the new turai pods/fruit measure about 6 – 12 inches in length and about 1.5 - 2.5 in diameter, they should be ready to be harvested for consumption. If left too long on the vine, they will become inedible bitter and fibrous and can be used for scrubs and the seeds can be stored for planting next year.

Ridge gourd is one of the very low calorie vegetables- carrying just 20 calories per 100 g. Its delicate, sponge-textured flesh consists of moderate levels of minerals and vitamins including Vitamin-A, C, B-complex and more in addition to being rich in anti-oxidants. Ridge Gourd is commonly used in Asian cooking and for healing many health problems. It’s helps with constipation, lowering blood sugar, hypoglycemia, weight loss, boost the immune system, detoxing, acne etc
 
Ridge gourd has a mild, delicate flavor and soft texture, very similar to that of bottle gourd. In Indian cooking it is most often used with various lentils, or sabzis, soups and curries.

One recipe enjoyed at my home is simply peeling and cutting the turai in cubes. Keeping it aside while we make the tadka with some curry leaf, urad dal and mustard, hing and green chilis. Add the turai and salt and cook lightly and squeeze some lime juice for a tangy flavor. Best served with some fresh roti.
 
If you would like to learn more or have any questions, please feel free to call/text or write to me. Will be happy to help!

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Ridge Gourd Seeds - Turai

Ridge Gourd Seeds - Turai


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10 seeds packet


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Smooth Luffa Gourd Plant - Turai. 4" Pot.

Smooth Luffa Gourd Plant - Turai. 4" Pot.


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SMOOTH LUFFA GOURD – SMOOTH TURAI – LUFFA CYLINDRICA
 
Smooth Luffa Gourd also known as LuffaSponge GourdTurai (Hindi), Chinese Okra is an long cylindrical vegetable that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae/gourd family. It is a popular vegetable in Indian, Chinese and Filipinos cuisines. The two most common species of Luffa are Smooth Luffa (Luffa Cylindrica) which is larger and smooth skin like a cucumber and Ridge Gourd (Luffa Acutangula) which has ridges along its length. 
 
In both varieties, the interior of the young/immature fruit have a smooth spongy and crunchy flesh with tiny soft seeds and is edible. If left to grow, the fruit will become fibrous and bitter to taste thus inedible. The inedible ones are often let out to dry and when the dried skin and seeds are removed, they are used as scrubbing sponges in kitchens and bathrooms.
 
Turai are not frost-hardy, and require 150 to 200 warm days to mature. It flourishes in sandy, fertile soils with consistent moisture and good sunlight. For in-ground planting, plant 2-3 plants per hill spaced 1 ft apart and for containers, 2 plants per 10 gallon container is suggested. This vine grows fast as the weather warms and often requires support to facilitate it spreading. 
 
Turai like other gourds has separate male and female flowers. The flowers are yellow and very fragrant. To me, they smell like jasmine. When in full bloom, at dusk with slight wind blowing, the fragrance that spreads in your yard is breathtaking! The female flowers will have a tiny fruit behind the petal that looks like a miniature Turai, while the male ones won’t. Pollination to form the fruit is done by bees and other insects but hand pollination sets a better chance of fruit. With some trimming and pruning of the plant, you can set up a good yield. Knowing just when to harvest, however, is a bit of a challenge. When the new turai pods/fruit measure about 6 – 12 inches in length and about 1.5 - 2.5 in diameter, they are ready to be harvested for consumption. If left too long on the vine, they will become inedible bitter and fibrous and can be used for scrubs and the seeds can be stored for planting next year.
 
Turai is one of the very low calorie vegetables- carrying just 20 calories per 100 g. Its delicate, sponge-textured flesh consists of moderate levels of minerals and vitamins including Vitamin-A, C, B-complex and more in addition to being rich in anti-oxidants.
 
Turai has a mild, delicate flavor and soft texture, very similar to that of bottle gourd. In Indian cooking it is most often used with various lentils, or sabzis, soups and curries. A favorite is Turai sabzi with onions, potatos, tomatoes, ginger and garlic, with some spices. Served with roti/chapati or parathas is a great combination. Also for those who would like to try, the smooth turai skin is also edible and makes for a very delicious sabzi. Just peel the turai lenthwise. Put all the peels in a bunch, and chop them smaller like you would to beans. Make a tadka with whole jeera, hing, haldi, corriander and jeera powder and amchur. Add the chopped peels and potato and salt to taste and cook on low heat covered for approximately 15 mins and remember to stir in between. Served hot with tadka toor dal and roti is just comfort - reminds me of my childhood. Let me know your thoughts.
 
If you would like to learn more or have any questions, please feel free to call/text or write to me. Will be happy to help!
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Thai hybrid chili Plants

Thai hybrid chili Plants


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Intense heat with intense flavor makes this pepper a favorite in many Asian dishes! Beautiful 2- to 3" Thai dragon type peppers bear up to 300 fruits per plant. Matures to a vibrant fiery red. 75 DAYS.

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Tinda  Apple Gourd  Indian Squash

Tinda – Apple Gourd – Indian Squash


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TINDA – APPLE GOURD – INDIAN SQUASH
 
Tinda also called "Indian squash", "round melon" or "apple gourd", is a squash-like cucurbit grown for its immature fruit, a vegetable especially popular in South Asia. 
 
The plant is a prolific vine, and is grown as an annual. The plant also is prickly with small thorns similar to the zucchini. The fruit is approximately spherical, and 2 - 3 inches in diameter. A native to South Asia, this gourd is specially popular in Northern Indian and Pakistani cooking with curry and many gourmet dishes. Green colored, apple-sized fruits are flattish round in shape and 50–60 grams in weight. Plants are vigorous, productive and begin to bear fruits in 70 days after planting.
 
Tinda is considered a boring vegetable by many in North India – part of the reason is it is used in a lot of curries during high season and tastes bland unless used with a lot of spices. Further, its seeds are not favoured by many. It is practically unknown in South India.
 
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Tulsi Plant (Krishna, Rama, Vana, and Amrita). 4" Pot.

Tulsi Plant (Krishna, Rama, Vana, and Amrita). 4" Pot.


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Tulsi or Holy Basil or it’s Latin name: Ocimum tenuiflorum is an aromatic perennial plant native to the Indian subcontinent and widely cultivated throughout the Southeast Asian tropics.

Tulsi is grown and cultivated for Hindu religious rituals and used in traditional Ayurvedic medicines. Also widely used in herbal teas and for its essential oil.

This herb shrub grows 12-24 in tall and has hairy stems. Leaves are green or purple with a strong scent. Grows well containers during the summer months. It is a different species from the regular basil used in Thai cooking.

Highly fragrant and has a cooling effect to the body. For centuries, the dried leaves have been mixed with stored grains to repel insects.

$10.00 /4 in. pot
[COMPLETED] Art Smart II (Block printing, Kente cloth, Flexible Glass-like sculptures, Sumi-e Lanterns) June 24-27, 2019 (Mo-Th)

Creative Art Smart II (Block printing, Kente cloth, Flexible Glass-like sculptures, Sumi-e Lanterns)


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A creative way for children to learn about the history, techniques, and practical present day applications of each unique type of art. Student will each be bringing home their unique art creations for display. In this Art Smart Camp students will learn and create art from different countries:
  • Block printing - Tote
  • Kente cloth - Mat
  • Flexible Glass-like sculptures - Sculpture
  • Sumi-e Lanterns - Lantern

Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Dates:
 June 24-27, 2019 (Mo-Th)
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 8:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Register by: June 23  

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RACHNA'S HOME ART AND GARDEN IS PROUDLY FUNDING THE ENTIRE 2019-2020 TVA ART SMART PROGRAM
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[COMPLETED] Creative Art Smart I (Alcohol Ink art, Warli art, Aboriginal art, Marbling art) June 17-20, 2019 (Mo-Th)

Creative Art Smart I (Alcohol Ink art, Warli art, Aboriginal art, Marbling art)


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A creative way for children to learn about the history, techniques, and practical present day applications of each unique type of art. Student will each be bringing home their unique art creations for display. In this Art Smart Camp students will learn and create art from different countries:
  • Alcohol Ink art - Decorative Tiles
  • Warli art - Letter Holder
  • Aboriginal art - Painting
  • Marbling art - Cushion Cover

Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Dates:
 June 17-20, 2019 (Mo-Th)
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 8:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Register by: June 17
 

*Snacks will be provided during a break

RACHNA'S HOME ART AND GARDEN IS PROUDLY FUNDING THE ENTIRE 2019-2020 TVA ART SMART PROGRAM
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