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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.

Want to learn more? Scroll down for examples of events from Festival 2020, or sign up to receive our weekly emails with news and announcements from the Garden.

Save the dates for Festifall this year!
September 4 – October 31, 2021

Check back soon for a full list of Festifall 2021 events.

Scarecrow Trail

September – October 2020

Festifall kicks off with the annual Scarecrow Trail. 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!


October 1 – 31, 2020

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

Mum Displays

September – October 2020

Perennial igloo mums (Dendranthema) will be bursting with color in artistic displays. You will also see other late-season perennials such as asters, black-eyed Susans, and ornamental grasses throughout the Garden.

Historic Tractor and Wagon Photo Op

September – October 2020

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

Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes

September 25, October 16, and October 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

As shadows dance across the Garden, see the Scarecrow Trail come alive! Scarecrow 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!

Family Campouts in the Garden

October 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m to October 3, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

New to camping? Don’t feel like traveling far to spend a relaxing evening outdoors? Join us for our Garden campout! We will have boxed dinners from Chick-fil-A, an evening snack to pop over the fires, a story at bedtime, and a chance to experience the Garden on a guided night hike. 

Festifall Break Camp

October 5 – 9, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Festifall Break Camp invites all children ages 6-13 (Grades K-6) for a full week of exploration and learning at the Garden! From the fascinating chemistry of leaves to the mystery of fruits versus vegetables, this camp is a wonderful opportunity for children to connect with nature! Your child can come all week, or you can sign up for individual days. Each day will have its own theme and a new set of activities.

11th Annual Fall Plant Sale

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Did you know the 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. 

The Fall Plant Sale includes a variety of hosta, cacti, herbs, and MORE! We’re excited to share our native trees and shrubs, ornamental plants, fall vegetables, and pansies with you.

Raptor Show

October 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. and 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.

Trick ‘n’ Trees

October 31, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join us for a spooktacular day of fall festivities, Halloween fun, tricks, treats…and trees! At Trick ‘n’ Trees, guests will journey along an interactive story path following the story of The Halloween Tree by Susan Montanari. Led by the story pages hidden along the path, guests will enjoy a fall-themed scavenger hunt and fun seasonal activities. Costumes are encouraged, so come dressed for the occasion as we celebrate Halloween at the Garden!

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