New York Botanical Garden Displays World's Largest Pumpkin

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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Great Gourds! The largest pumpkin in the world is on display at the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York.

Weighing in an astonishing 2,032 pounds, it was grown by Tim and Susan Mathison of Napa, California.

Master pumpkin carver, Ray Villafane and his team, turned the world's biggest pumpkin into a gigantic sculpture, with a Venus flytrap and wasps overhead, all carved out of pumpkin.

Karen Daubmann, who represents the exhibit explains, "Ray decided to use the world's largest pumpkin for the base for the sculpture. And out of that comes a tangle of pumpkin vines with a huge Venus flytrap head coming out of the top with its mouth open and teeth exposed and a tongue coming out."

Visitors expressed their amazement on seeing the giant pumpkin. "It's kind of astounding. I'm speechless, frankly, looking at that thing, " said Ira Hammer from Westbury, New York. "It's no pumpkin I've ever seen in my life."

The massive gourds can gain as much as 50 pounds a day during the summer, provided they get plenty of water and fertilizer. It took the Mathison family just under four months to grow the biggest pumpkin in the world.

More than 500 hand-carved pumpkin sculptures will be on display through Halloween, October 31.

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