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Scarecrows Stand Out in Atlanta Botanical Gardens


Red leaves and chilly weather may be signs that fall has arrived, but at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the appearance of scarecrows is what truly signals the beginning of autumn.  

From now until Halloween, guests who visit the garden’s Gainesville location will find a slew of homemade figures scattered throughout the woodlands. The event is an opportunity for local artists and organizations to celebrate the new season while demonstrating their creativity.  

Entries like “Frida Kahlo” by the garden’s horticulture staff offer a traditional Halloween aesthetic to the garden, but sillier creations like “Miss Pokeypillar” from local artists Cindy Murff and Deb Delauder ensure the event is fun and child friendly.  

“Miss Pokeypillar” – Cindy Murff and Deb Delauder

In total, there are 24 different submissions from individuals, schools, and organizations like the Mom’s Club of Gainesville and the Hall County Master Gardeners. The event is now in its fourth year, but guests won’t find any reused ideas or lack of originality.  

“I actually think we have more creativity this year,” Visitor Services Manager Cyndilyn Loudermilk said. “A scarecrow doesn’t necessarily have to look like a traditional scarecrow. It can look like anything. I think we have more this year that look unusual and show creativity.” 

The submission deadline has been reached, but guests can still participate in the fun by voting for their favorite creation on the garden’s Facebook page. The entry with the most votes at the end of the month will receive a gift basket courtesy of the gardens.  

“All they have to do is remember the scarecrow’s number,” Loudermilk said.  

Those interested in seeing the exhibit can visit 1911 Sweetbay Dr, Gainesville on Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m. Hours are extended to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Adult admission into the Gainesville location is $10; child admission is $8.  The venue itself is a feat of horticulture, so guests should consider visiting even after the event is over. 

“The garden blooms all year long, so don’t believe that just because it’s fall or winter that there’s not a lot of things going on here.” – Cyndilyn Loudermilk 

Originally opening its doors in 1976, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has been described as the emerald jewel in the crown of Atlanta culture. The Gainesville location opened earlier in 2015 and is home to the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast. 

More details about both the Atlanta and Gainesville locations can be found by visiting the venue’s website.  


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