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Garden Spirits: Fall Family Fun

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October 13, 2018 - October 28, 2018

450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385

  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday

Enjoy family fun every Saturday and Sunday in October at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest. There are a variety of activities will be offered for all ages.

●Explore the Adventure Garden with its fun photo areas and enjoy time around the Railway Depot with free crafts and games. 

●Creep through the Railway Garden and witness the family friendly Halloween makeover of the trains and villages and the spooky addition of spiders, skeletons and scarecrows.

●Jump on hayrides which run every hour from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Price is $3 per ride.

●October 13 and 14, get up close to birds of prey and local wildlife with the Wildlife Educational Exhibit of Northwest Indiana.

Trail of Scarecrows returns!
This popular annual exhibit features scarecrows designed and built by students based on a character from a book. This year’s theme is “courage.” Guests vote on their favorite. A winner is chosen at the end of the month. Groups interested in entering the competition should contact Ellen Kapitan at 219-742-8147.

Mums and flower bulb sale
The horticulture team will be selling mums and flower bulbs at the Railway Depot to raise funds for the gardens. Select from crocus, tulips, daffodils, & fun fritillaria to enhance your home garden. Gabis Arboretum horticulture staff will be on-hand over the weekend to offer advice and gardening tips. Bulbs and mums will be on sale through October while supplies last.

Weekends in October are $10 carload days. This pricing does not apply to individual admissions less than $10 or member admission. Advance tickets not required.