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Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
814-865-9118 arboretum.psu.edu

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September 2019

Gala in the Gardens!

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States

Goldenrod, goldfinch, monarch Join us for dinner and dancing (rain or shine) as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens and the future Pollinator and Bird Gardens. H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens Friday, September 20, 2019 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets for this event by September 9, 2019. The cost is $150 per person. We hope that you can join us!

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October 2019

Pumpkin Festival 2019 – Pumpkin Giveaway

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Each year we host a jack-o’-lantern contest in conjunction with our Pumpkin Festival. On Sunday, October 6, we will give away 1,000 pumpkins between 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to contest entrants. You may also enter your own carved pumpkin in the contest. If you are registering a jack-o’-lantern for the contest, bring your entry to the Overlook Pavilion in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11. The dates and times for this…

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Jack-o’-Lantern Registration 2019

October 11 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States

Jack-o’-lanterns will be accepted for our annual jack-o’-lantern contest from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Overlook Pavilion in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Lighted jack-o’-lanterns just after dusk To learn how to volunteer to help us at the Pumpkin Festival, please contact Kelly Oleynik, Arboretum volunteer coordinator, at keo5114@psu.edu.

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Pumpkin Festival 2019 – Lighted Jack-o’-Lantern Display

October 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Join us for the first night of the lighted jack-o’-lantern display from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at our annual Pumpkin Festival. Hundreds of carved pumpkins will be judged and arranged on the Event Lawn for viewing! Lighted jack-o’-lanterns just after dusk To learn how to volunteer to help us at the Pumpkin Festival, please contact Kelly Oleynik, Arboretum volunteer coordinator, at keo5114@psu.edu.

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Pumpkin Festival 2019 – Family Activities

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Family activities will be available in Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden. Musicians  and a magician will be strolling the gardens from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A band will be playing at the Overlook Pavilion from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Local food vendors will be selling hot and delicious treats from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your friends! To learn how to volunteer to help us at the Pumpkin Festival, please contact Kelly Oleynik, Arboretum volunteer…

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Pumpkin Festival 2019 – Lighted Jack-o’-Lantern Display

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Come see our jack-o’-lantern display light up the Event Lawn from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!  Local food vendors will be selling hot and delicious treats from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00  p.m. A band will be playing at the Overlook Pavilion from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Musicians and a magician will be strolling the gardens during family activities from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To learn how to volunteer to help us at the Pumpkin Festival, please contact Kelly…

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Ribbon Pick-Up 2019 and Composting (Unclaimed Jack-o’-Lanterns)

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States

Those who won ribbons in the Jack-o'-Lantern Contest may pick them up and everyone who entered the contest can get their jack-o'-lanterns from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

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December 2019

Winter Celebration 2019

December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, Corner of Park Avenue and Bigler Road
University Park, 16802 United States
Free

Winter Celebration The Arboretum invites everyone to welcome the holiday season on Friday, December 13, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at a festive gathering in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Seasonal décor will include a tall tree showcased in the Glass House in the children’s garden, and holiday trees at the overlook pavilion, in the children’s garden, and along the main walkway. A highlight of the evening will be performances on the event lawn by a cappella ensembles…

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