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Dozens of Zany, Bizarre Designs Featured
ATLANTA – Dozens of wild and crazy characters will be lurking in the woods at the Atlanta Botanical Garden throughout October.
For the ninth year, approximately 100 life-size creations, from the witty and whimsical to the bold and bizarre, will make up Scarecrows in the Garden from October 1-31. The scarecrows are the designs of metro area residents, artists, designers, businesses and organizations, which compete for prizes in one of two design categories: professional and nonprofessional.
The scarecrows will be displayed throughout the woodland and children’s gardens, and on Thursday evenings, visitors can check them out under the glare of flashlights (which they are encouraged to bring) during Fest of Ale. Each week from 5-10 p.m. the beer fest features a variety of fine specialty ales and live musical entertainment.
For youngsters, harvest-themed activities will be on tap on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., including a contest to find a golden glass pumpkin. And on Sunday, October 24 they can don their favorite costumes for an afternoon of treats and activities during Goblins in the Garden from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. It will include a costume parade, storytelling and the Ride-On Train ($2). The event includes a cash bar for Mom and Dad Goblins.
The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. The Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown, between 14th Street and Monroe Drive. The Garden is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (till 10 p.m. Thursdays). Admission is $15 adults, $12 seniors and children 3-17, free to children under three and Garden members. For more information visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org or phone 404-876-5859.