Heirloom & Specialty Pumpkins, Gourds & Squash [Updated]

Published On: September 10th, 2020


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We have fun each winter poring over seed catalogs to select which specialty and heritage varieties of pumpkins, squash & gourds to grow in the upcoming season. We seek out varieties that will offer you a range of color, shape, and size options for all your Autumn decorating needs. The stories and history of heirloom varieties are so intriguing that occasionally we select a variety simply for its story.

We hope that you enjoy our picturesque “Pumpkin Patch”. We encourage feedback so we can continue bringing interesting and beautiful squash & pumpkins to Cedarburg.

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We also consider the eating quality of some varieties. Why not decorate with them and then enjoy them as a side dish? The fresh, locally-grown winter squash, for example, is a nutrient-packed vegetable loaded with health benefits, including:

  • Low in fat
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Very high in carotenoids (shown to protect against heart disease)
  • High in beta carotene (promotes healthy skin & good vision)
  • High in fiber
  • High in potassium (for bone health) and vitamins B6 & C
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variety of pumpkin gourd squash Heyden's Gardens 2020 selection for sale

All pictures on the page are updated for the 2021 harvest. Pumpkins, gourds, & squash are available now while supplies last.

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assorted pumpkins squash in fall at Heyden's Gardens cedarburg
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This Year’s Species List

Apple Gourd

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty apple gourds

Hard-shelled gourds that resemble apples. Mottled green skin dries to brown. Excellent for gourd-crafting and gourd birdhouses.

Birdhouse Gourd

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty birdhouse gourds

Hourglass shape is perfect for creating natural hanging birdhouses. Simply dry over winter & drill in spring. Can also be painted or varnished once dry.

Blaze

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty blaze

Flashy bright yellow color with deep orange banding. Squat, flattened, perfectly round form. Highly decorative, with a long shelf life. Staff favorite.

Blue Hubbard

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty blue hubbard

Unusual shape, large size and unique silvery-blue skin make this a premier choice for decorating. Fine grained flesh gives best flavor when baked and then mashed with spices or brown sugar to enhance sweetness.

Butternut

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty butternut

Smooth cashew colored skin. A classic cooking squash with sweet, dense, dark orange flesh. Popular for baking, grilling and soup making. Good keeper – will store well for up to 3 months in cool location.

Carnival

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty carnival

Colorful multi-colored skin and exceptionally sweet, nutty flavored flesh. Among the finest for eating. Good keeper. Staff favorite.

Cinderella

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty cinderella

(‘Rouge Vif D’Etampes’). Shaped like Cinderella’s “pumpkin” carriage, this is a favorite with children. Perfect for stacking, too. A French heirloom variety introduced in the United States in 1883.

Colorado Sunrise

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty cinderella

Pink and Blue/Green  skin. Flat form and good texture. Great for stacking.

Fairy Tale

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty fairy tale

(‘Musquee de Provence’).  A French heirloom cousin of ‘Cinderella’ – shaped just like the magic carriage. Smooth skin in dark green to tan and deeply ribbed. Introduced in the United States in 1895.

Georgia Candy Roaster

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty georgia candy roaster

Pink, banana-shaped fruit. Unusual color and shape make this a premier decorating squash. Smooth orange flesh is excellent baked or fried, as well as in pies.

Golden Hubbard

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty golden hubbard

Tear-drop shape with deep orange-red bumpy skin. Golden-yellow flesh is sweet and mild. Heirloom, introduced in the United States in the 1840’s.

Jack-be-Little & Baby Boo

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty jack be little baby boo

Perfectly shaped, super-hard little “Mini Pumpkins” are a favorite for tabletop decorating and for carrying in children’s small hands.

Jarrahdale

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty jarrahdale

A highly decorative Australian heirloom squash with smooth, shiny, slate-blue skin and flattened heavily ribbed form. Golden yellow flesh is one of the best for pie making. Believed to be a cross between ‘Blue Hubbard’ and ‘Cinderella’. Good keeper.

Jester

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty kakai

Decorative & delicious! A premier eating squash with sweet, creamy flavor. Striped skin is thin, making it easier to prepare for cooking.

Kakai

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty kakai

Prized for its completely hull-less seeds that are superb for roasting. Round to oval, ribbed & mottled appearance also make this a good decorating squash. Australian heirloom variety.

Long Island Cheese

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty long island cheese

Flat, lightly ribbed tan colored fruit resembles a wheel of cheese. A great keeper with string-less flesh of excellent eating quality. Popular among New York cooks in the late 1800’s. Almost became extinct in the 1950s, but was brought back into commerce by a group of devoted gardeners.

Lumina

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty long island cheese

Smooth, silvery-white skin with hints of blue. When carved, bright orange flesh contrasts nicely with pale skin.

Marina di Chioggia

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty marina di chioggia

Large turban shaped squash with textured blue-green skin. Rich, sweet orange-yellow flesh is delicious in pies or baked. An heirloom squash from the Italian coastal town of Chioggia.

Mellow Yellow

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty mellow yellow

A luminous lemon-yellow pumpkin that makes an impressive jack-o-lantern. Companions beautifully with white and orange pumpkins in fall displays.

Moonshine

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty moonshine

A white skinned pie pumpkin. Its white skin lends itself beautifully to decorative seasonal painting. Also great for carving and baking.

Pie Pumpkins

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty pie pumpkins

Just the right size for pies & baking as well as small scale autumn themed vignettes. A favorite with children! Denser, sweeter flesh than large carving pumpkins.

Pink Peanut

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty pink peanut

‘Galeux d’Eysines’

A rare French heirloom squash covered in rough bumps that look like peanut shells. Flesh is velvety smooth, string-less and very sweet.

Polar Bear

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty polar bear

Huge, pure white pumpkin. Valued for its color and tremendous size. A great focal point for combination squash displays. Super decorative, carved or not!

Porcelain Doll

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty porcelain doll

Blocky, deeply ribbed pale pink skin, mottled with green. Sweet flesh can be used in pies or soups. Very decorative!

Shokichi Shiro

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty porcelain doll

Perfect for single servings with very good flavor and texture. Attractive light gray skin. Small & cute enough to double as a table-top ornamental!

Speckled Hound

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty speckled hound

Pink-orange skin with green and blue-green blotches. Flat form and good texture. Great for stacking.

Stripetti Spaghetti

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty speckled hound

A striped spaghetti squash. When cooked the yellow flesh divides into spaghetti-like ribbons. Can be used as a nutrient-rich replacement for pasta.

Sunlight

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty sunlight

Brilliant, almost luminescent, yellow-orange skin make this a premier decorating squash. Also excellent as a pie pumpkin.

Sunshine

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty sunshine

Flattened globe shape with vibrant orange-red skin. Bright orange flesh is sweet, nutty, smooth, and completely string-less when cooked. Winner of the prestigious All-American Selections Award for Edibles.

Swan Gourd

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty swan

Perhaps the most beautiful of all gourds. Graceful swan-shape is superbly decorative. Perfectly suited for gourd craft.

Tours

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty swan

A French heirloom squash (1856).  Unusual shape and coloring make it ideal for fall decorating. Great for displays and carving.

Turk’s Turban

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty turks turban

Unique shape and multicolored skin make this a superb decorating squash. Heirloom, dating back to at least 1820.

White Cinderella

gal pumpkin gourd squash heirloom specialty white cinderella

Distinctive flat shape and white color make this a perfect stacking pumpkin! Sweet orange flesh is perfect for pies and baking. An African heirloom squash.