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Festifall


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.

Festifall will take place from September 4 through October 31, 2021.

Want to learn more? Check out the list of 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 4 – October 31, 2021

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, 2021

The pumpkins come out in October! You will find seasonal displays of locally-grown pumpkins throughout the Garden, particularly surrounding each featured piece in Uncaged: Birds, Nature, & You.


Fall Displays

September – October 2021

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 2021

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


Uncaged: Birds, Nature, & You

Until October 31, 2021

Don’t forget to check out Uncaged before this exhibit flies away! Uncaged is a collection of interactive pieces that explore the lives of birds. Featuring seven different structures spread throughout the Garden, this unique experience is an opportunity for guests of all ages to explore, learn, and play.

Programs & Events

Selecting Native Plants that Thrive in Fall | In-person class

September 9 & September 11, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Get ready for planting season by learning which native plants will flourish in your home landscape! Join us at the Garden to learn which native plants have the fall “WOW” factor and which ones are must-haves in your garden. 

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Pruning for the Home Owner | Virtual class series

September 9 & September 16, 2021
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you have found yourself wondering why and how to prune the plants at your home, then this virtual class series is for you! In this two-class course, your instructor will equip you with all the information you need to prune your garden plants with confidence.

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Morning Bird Walk with Herb Lewis | In-person class

September 18, 2021
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Join birding expert Herb Lewis on this morning walk through the Garden to seek, spot, and identify birds in their natural habitat. Suitable for expert and novice birders alike, this is an authentic birding experience you won’t want to miss!

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Monarch Tag and Release

September 25, 2021
10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

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.


Family Campouts in the Garden

October 1 & October 15, 2021

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. 


Fall Break Camp: Autumn Adventures

October 4 – 8, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Extended hours available)

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!


Fall Plant Sale

October 7 – 9 & October 15 – 16, 2021
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 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!


Raptor Show

October 7, 2021
11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

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.


Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes

October 8 & October 22, 2021

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!


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