PHILADELPHIA -- Morris Arboretum is calling all scarecrows for its annual Scarecrow Design Contest. This year, in addition to Designer scarecrows, participants are invited to create a Storybook themed scarecrow in conjunction with the Arboretumâ€™s Storytime reading program.
These scarecrows, more than 30(!), will be on display at the Arboretum for 3 weeks along Scarecrow Walk at the Oak AllÃ©e from Saturday, Oct. 6 through Sunday Oct. 21.
Now in its fifth year and more popular than ever, Scarecrow Walk is a must see for the fall season. Visitors of all ages will vote for their favorite scarecrow in both Designer- and Storybook-theme categories to determine the prize winners.
An Arboretum grand prize of $100 cash will be awarded to the 1st place winner in both categories! Second prize winners in each category will receive a $25 gift certificate for the Shop at Morris Arboretum, and 3rd prize winners in each category will receive a certificate for one Continuing Education class (not to exceed $30). Entry fee for the contest is $30 and scarecrow frames and hay are provided.
Details and downloadable contest entry forms are available online.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A new permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb â€“ a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretumâ€™s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing. Out on a Limb was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Exhibition Design by the American Association of Museums and a Gold Medal for Design Excellence from the American Institute of Architects. The Morris Arboretumâ€™s new Horticulture Center Complex has received Platinum Level LEEDÂ® Certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council. The Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.