Sunday, October 6, 2019

Scarecrows in the Garden 2019

Scarecrows in the Garden is back and it's as festive as ever! They're on display at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (and Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville) through Sunday, November 3, 2019. And there are LOTS of events going on, too!


Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

The two ladies in blue dresses seem to share the garden's 30 acres well enough. Actually, "Dorthy" here is having a bit of a makeup crisis, while Alice (of the Imaginary Worlds: Alice's Wonderland exhibition) is over in another part of the garden taking a nap.

Oh wait, that's not our Dorothy at all. That's "The Thrift Witch...As Dorothy" by the Assistance League of Atlanta and it's quite remarkable!


Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

"Tragedy Ann" has a clever name because all the Atlanta Roller Derby skaters have clever names. A few examples: Rosie Derivator, Madditude Adjustment, and Genie in a Battle. I've met a number of them in recent years, everyone being incredibly passionate about the sport, super smart, wonderfully hospitable, and totally pumped to enjoy their bouts!

If you've not yet been to an Atlanta Roller Derby (formerly Atlanta Rollergirls), I highly recommend treating yourself to some serious excitement! Don't worry if you're not sure how the game works; they have people there just to answer your questions! 

Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

I think my personal favorite scarecrow is "Nutmare on Peachtree Street" made by The Boo Crew. The monocle-wearing Mr. Peanut is dreaming about a circus elephant, a Nutcracker, and a jar of Planters creamy peanut butter. A smooth move by Mr. Peanut to not wear his spats to bed, but check out those adorable woolen lamb bedroom slippers

Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

You may have heard the awesome Amp'd Entertainment at a wedding reception, a mitzvah, or a company party, but if not, you totally get to during Fest-of-Ale during Scarecrows in the Garden, Thursday evenings at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! 

Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

When you get to Scarecrows in the Garden, I recommend visiting the scarecrows in the two-acre Children's Garden first, and then go back and enjoy the rest of them. Historically, the Children's Garden closes at dusk, well before the garden closes at 9pm during Fest-of-Ale. So don't miss all of those fun, festive scarecrows!

Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

The must-not-miss event of the season is the Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest taking place at 7pm in the Skyline Garden! It's presented in the fashion of a television competition, and there are lots of other activities going on that night, too. There's a film screening in the Rose Garden, a gaming midway, face painting, a magician, and of course wine and beer, and so much more!

Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

All throughout school I was always in some kind of art class and Picasso has been a personal favorite since childhood. "Pablo Picasso-crow" was created by Jamie Gunnin. Of Picasso's many periods, I find myself most fascinated with Cubism.

Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

"Girls United" was created by Girl Scout Troop 16580 and what a great job they did! Obviously they're huge fans of Atlanta United, our professional soccer team. I also noticed that their troop crest is the unicorn, so they must be super excited to be here during Imaginary Worlds!

Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

Positioned in front of Longleaf, which is open during Fest-of-Ale, this alien-looking, but totally fun sculpture was created by Peachtree Petals, perfectly disguised among the towering banana trees. Longleaf does take walk-ins, but during popular events like this, reservations are recommended. 

Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor
Scarecrows in the Garden | Atlanta Botanical Garden | Photo: Travis Swann Taylor

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a beautifully colorful place year-roung, but Scarecrows in the Garden take its colorfulness to a whole new spectacular level! Be sure to check out all the events happening during Scarecrows in the Garden.

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