Botanical garden readies for Harvest Fest

| 25 Sep 2012 | 02:45

— The 11th annual Harvest Fest and Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. N
NJBG/Skylands Association, the non-profit member organization that supports the Botanical Garden, sponsors this annual weekend packed with family fun.
Activities for all ages include hay rides, pumpkin painting, children’s games, an autumn plant sale, a blacksmith at work, model airplanes, applesauce making, a bake sale, and a photography workshop. There will be free, guided garden tours, or you can wander on your own on a self-guided tour. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there will be fun photo faceboards and great photo ops along the way.
At the craft fair you will find lots of goodies and beautiful hand-made items – everything from jewelry to jams — perfect for your early holiday shopping. There will also be live music and dancing both days from 1 to 4 p.m.
Free guided garden tours will be available each day at 1 and 3 p.m. The gift shop and craft fair are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Check with the NJBG office for times of special activities.
The Botanical Garden is open free of charge. Parking is also free.
Proceeds from Harvest Fest activities benefit NJBG/Skylands Association in its public-spirited work to improve the New Jersey State Botanical Garden.
Sponsors for the Harvest Fest include Secor Farms of Mahwah and TD Bank of Ringwood. Sponsorships are still welcome for the Harvest Fest. Any business owner interested in sponsoring an activity or donating in other ways may contact the NJBG office at 973-962-9534.
NJBG is located on Morris Road in Ringwood State Park, Ringwood. Visit for directions and any changes due to weather.