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Festifall


Calling All ‘Crows

The Scarecrow Trail is a fall family tradition at the Garden, and this is your chance to be a part of the fun! Families, community groups, businesses, schools, and individuals are all invited to build a scarecrow for the Scarecrow Trail.

Entry Fee:
$45 per scarecrow for individuals, families, and school or community groups
$100 per scarecrow for businesses

Registration Deadline: August 25, 2022

To learn more, please read our Scarecrow Trail entry guidelines.
After reviewing the guidelines, register your scarecrow by clicking the button below!


It’s harvest time, and nothing says FALL quite like Festifall at the Garden! Our two-month celebration of the changing seasons features pumpkins, scarecrows, campouts, nature hikes, and more. As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to change color, there’s no better place to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of autumn.

Check out the list of this year’s Festifall events below. And don’t forget to sign up to receive our weekly emails with all the latest updates from the Garden!

Open Daily

Scarecrow Trail

September 3 – October 31, 2022

A must-see fall feature at the Garden! The Scarecrow Trail is a family tradition featuring a bounty of fun, friendly scarecrows created by local community members. Wacky, whimsical, and wondrous, these are certainly not your average ‘crows!


Pumpkins

October 1 – 31, 2022

The pumpkins come out in October! You will find seasonal displays of locally-grown pumpkins throughout the Garden.


Fall Displays

September – October 2022

You will see signs of the season throughout the Garden in beautiful displays of late-season perennials such as asters, black-eyed Susans, sunflowers, and ornamental grasses. Perennial mums and deciduous trees will also be showing off their colors, so you won’t want to miss the show!


Historic Tractor and Wagon Photo Op

September – October 2022

The historic 1949 Ford Tractor will be back this year, complete with its wooden-wheel flatbed wagon. Located in the Cedar Glade, this is a great spot for a picture-perfect fall family photo.


In Full Swing

September – October 2022

When was the last time you were on a swing? Our newest exhibit is an invitation to kick up your feet, let time slow down, and rediscover one of the simple joys of summer: swings!

Learn more…

Programs & Events

Daylily Sale

September 8, 2022, Member Only Sale
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
September 9, 2022, Public Sale 
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
September 10, 2022, Public Sale

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

The Daylily Sale is your opportunity to purchase plant divisions from the Garden’s own Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden! Sometimes called the “perfect perennial,” daylilies have brightly colored flowers that reach their peak bloom season in June, and are easy to care for. 

Learn more…


Family Campouts
in the Garden

September 9 & October 21, 2022

New to camping? Don’t feel like traveling far to spend a relaxing evening outdoors? Join us for our Garden campout! We will have a hot dog dinner, s’mores to roast over the fire, a story at bedtime, and a chance to experience the Garden on a guided night hike. 

Learn more…


Flower Pot Gnome Homes | In-person class

September 15, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every yard can use a whimsical, creative touch, so why not add a gnome home? Gnomes are said to be magical protectors of our plants and soil. They can be spotted in gardens all across the globe! 
These flower pot gnome homes are a delightful addition to any home landscape, and they are fun for all ages to build, too! Remember: Your gnome home can be as simple or as intricate as you’d like!

Learn more…


Nature Academy

September 16, 18, and 27, 2022 at various times
October 11,13, and 15, 2022 at various times

Nature Academy provides hands-on science classes at the Garden to enrich STEM learning for students in grades K-8. Classes are new and improved every year, and registration is open to all homeschool, public school, and private school students in the area.
Join us in September for Thirsty Plants, and in October for Plants and Migration.

Learn more…


Fall Plant Sale

September 22, 2022, Member Only Sale
September 23 & 24, 2022, Public Sale
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Did you know that fall is the best time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials in your garden? The season brings a mix of warm soil and cool air for grass, and the moisture helps trees and shrubs establish their root system. Here’s your chance to purchase what you need for your autumn planting!

Learn more…


Monarch Tag and Release

September 24, 2022

Each year, monarch butterflies take an incredible journey from Canada to Mexico, and they migrate through Huntsville, Alabama, in September and October. Join us for a presentation about monarchs and their migration, followed by a hands-on “tagging” and release of the butterflies.

More details coming soon.


Selecting Trees for Your Home Landscape | In-person class series

October 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Small Trees and Shrubs
October 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Medium Trees
October 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Large Trees

Trees come in many shapes and sizes…not to mention how different they all look! How do you choose the best tree to plant in your own home landscape?
Join us for a walk through the Garden with certified arborist Chris Stuhlinger to learn about the features of different trees and shrubs and how each species might enhance your landscape at home. We will help you choose the right tree for the right place! 

Learn more…


Fall Break STEM Camp

October 3 – 7, 2022

Our Fall Break camp invites children in grades 1-6 on a week of autumn adventures in the Garden. Campers will get a bird’s-eye view on migration season, dig into how fall bulbs become spring flowers, discover why leaves change colors, and more. Get ready to explore and enjoy all things FALL!

Learn more…


Raptor Show

October 7, 2022

The Southeastern Raptor Center from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is bringing their popular show back to the Garden during Fall Break. This all-ages program is a great opportunity to experience live raptors up-close while learning about their natural history and vital ecological roles.

Learn more…


Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes

Select Fridays in September and October

As shadows dance across the Garden, see the Scarecrow Trail come alive! Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes are an opportunity to visit with the scarecrows after sunset and explore the nighttime activities of the Garden. Bring your flashlight and join us on this guided hike to see evening creatures such as bats, owls, frogs…and scarecrows, of course!

More details coming soon.


Person pruning tree branch

How to Properly Prune Your Trees | In-person class

October 22, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pruning is one of the most common tree care practices, but it is not always easy to know how, when, and why to prune your trees. 
In this class, we will review the best practices for pruning trees, including reasons for pruning, types of pruning, how a tree responds to pruning, when to prune, and more. You will leave the class feeling confident and ready to take care of all of your trees’ pruning needs!

Learn more…


Member Exclusive: Fall Family Fun Night

October 28, 2022

Join us for an evening of fall festivities and family fun, just for Garden members! This special event includes a Scarecrow Trail scavenger hunt, a fall-themed craft, “Trick or Treat” stations throughout the Garden, and music. Costumes are encouraged, so come dressed for the occasion as we celebrate fall at the Garden!


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