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Above: Every October, the Atlanta Botanical Garden's
locations in Atlanta and Gainesville are home to dozens
of scarecrows created by individuals, organizations and
businesses. Right: Farmer McGregor smiles as bunnies
help themselves to his basket of carrots.
posed him for photos before we dropped him off to
be displayed in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. "
A frightful competition
The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosted its first
scarecrow display in 2002 in an effort to create a
fun autumn event and encourage visitation as the
weather began to cool.
" That first year, the staff made a couple dozen
scarecrows, but soon public participation dramatically
increased for this event, and it has continued to
be one of our most popular activities each fall, " says
Amanda Bennett, vice president of horticulture and
collections at the 30-acre site in Midtown Atlanta.
" Now, we've capped the number of entries at 100
between the three categories, and the entries we
receive are really imaginative and spook-tacular. "
The garden's Gainesville location began staging
Scarecrows in the Garden in 2017, and typically has
between 30 and 35 entries. Staff and invited members
of the community select the winner in each of
the three categories at the Atlanta location, and attendees vote for the Visitors'
Favorite award. Prizes vary, but have included cash awards and garden
memberships.
" Among the creative professionals, we are attracting movie-set builders
and other designers, " Bennett says. " In this category, we're seeing floral designers
and makeup artists who really come up with ingenious and creative
scarecrows each year. "
Competitors in the amateur group include families, service organizations,
schools and individuals.
" The creativity each fall continues to amaze all of us here and goes way
beyond what you would typically think of for a scarecrow, " she says. " For
instance, one family created a really cute dog scarecrow that featured two
dachshunds named Frankfurter and Snickerdoodle. They were made of
fabric with oversized button eyes-just precious.
" Another display showed a mannequin in a bathtub filled with clear
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