Scarecrows in
the Garden

Enjoy creative scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations, scattered throughout the Garden every autumn.

About the exhibition

Scarecrows in the Garden brings to the Garden dozens creations by local artists, crafters, youth groups and more.  Entrants compete for prizes in one of three divisions,  and visitors will delight in discovering their own personal favorites.

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New categories for your creations

Atlanta Scarecrows in the Garden entries are eligible for first, second and third place awards in each category:

Amateur: families, schools, service organizations and individuals

Creative professional: created by a person or team who is in anyway compensated for art, design or fabrication services

Business: logo and/or website allowed provided it is used once, no larger than 12×12.

Scarecrows in the Garden Guidelines

Win big with your scarecrow!

Winning creations will be awarded in each of the three submission categories.

In addition to $500 cash, the winner receives two tickets to the Garden’s biggest events: Orchid Daze, Valentine’s in the Garden, Atlanta Blooms!, the 2020 summer exhibition, Scarecrows in the Garden, VIP tickets to Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, and Platinum tickets to the show of your choice during 2020 Concerts in the Garden.

$250 cash and a one-year Family Membership to the Garden.

$100 cash


Members see it free

Members enjoy unlimited daytime admission during regular hours,  save on classes and gift shop purchases, and more.

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Thursdays in October: Explore Scarecrows in the Garden during this weekly beer fest featuring a variety of specialty ales from cash bars and live musical entertainment.

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Fall Family Fun

Weekends, Oct. 5 – Nov. 7: Enjoy sensory and art activities focusing on the fabulous fall season, providing children with the opportunity to learn about pumpkins, gourds and more during Fall Family Fun!

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Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest

October 24: Cheer on the slicing and dicing as local chefs and designers square off to carve the most impressive gourd during Fest-of-Ale.

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Goblins in the Garden

October 27: Show off your child’s Halloween costume on the Goblin’s Runway, participate in fall-themed art activities, listen to a storyteller, and enjoy pony and train rides during Goblins in the Garden.

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