What started out as avocations for husband and wife Rick and Jane Barger has turned into a vocation in Natural Gatherings, the shop they own on Main Street. Jane Barger is an expert at drying flowers and setting them in permanent arrangements. Rick Barger specializes in doing the same with gourds, a cleaning, scrubbing, drying, staining and waxing process that takes about 8 months. You can buy creations by either, or a combined effort -- dried flowers arranged in a gourd -- as well as items by several other local artisans. This dried flower arrangement is set in an old oil can ($53). Jane Barger will also create a dried flower arrangement in your own vase or container. Natural Gatherings is at 106 N. Main Street, Bel Air. Call 410-838-0031.
Photo by Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun