Come Celebrate Fall at the Arboretum!
The Arboretum will host its fifth annual fall festival and fundraiser, Arboretum Autumn, on Sunday, September 16, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year's event will extend over the entire Arboretum grounds, and greeters will hand out maps so that visitors can find all of the attractions.
o McKay Plaza will feature local vendors peddling their wares, including garden decor, fabric accessories, baskets, maple products, honey, apples, and fall plants.
o The Visitor's Center porch will showcase an art exhibit and sale by the Broad Strokes, the artists who paint together weekly in the Arboretum's Garden Room.
o The Packard Pavilion will house food vendors selling sandwiches, beverages, popcorn, and sweet treats. Wine tasting will be offered as well.
o Also in the Packard Pavilion will be a Silent Auction to benefit the Arboretum. Local businesses, groups, and individuals have donated a wide variety of items to bid on, including artwork, concert tickets, a one-night stay in a hotel suite, a fall golf package, and "dinner and a movie."
o The Gazebo will be transformed into a Pumpkin House with activities for children featuring Arboretum-grown pumpkins.
o Children and their parents may participate in an Amazing Race that challenges them to find five landmarks in the gardens, earn stickers, and win a prize.
o Guides will lead tours of the Herb Garden, the Japanese Garden, the English Garden, and the Conifer Collection.
o Visitors may travel the Arboretum's nature trails on foot or by golf car.
o The Silbertaler Trio will play festive tunes at the Packard Pavilion and all around the grounds, and American Trust Bank will pass out balloons to the children.
Admission to Arboretum Autumn is free; donations are welcome.