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It's Gardenpalooza!
Annual festival set for Saturday; benefits GSU Botanical Garden
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The Georgia Southern Botanical Garden will celebrate Gardenpalooza on Saturday, which also will serve as the grand opening of the Heritage Pavilion, shown above. Gardenpalooza is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - photo by Special
    It's Gardenpalooza time at the Georgia Southern Botanical Garden.
    The annual festival celebrating Fall is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Garden, 1505 Bland Avenue in Statesboro. Admission is free and the public is invited.
    Gardenpalooza also marks the official opening of the Heritage Pavilion, modeled after a former dairy barn, and the Heritage Farmyard, which will feature native trees and many new exhibit gardens. More than 100 trees and shrubs were recently added to the Garden.
    A Gardenpalooza tradition is the annual plant sale, featuring plants that thrive in the coastal plain's special conditions. The Garden hosts the sale to coincide with October and November being the best time to plant trees and shrubs in the southeast Georgia area.
    Festival activities will include the pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bocce and competitions such as straw bale bicycling, pie eating and the scarecrow relay. A variety of musicians will entertain on the Pavilion main stage, and goats, chickens, a pony and even a tame deer will make guest appearances.
    Festival-goers are invited to carve a masterwork pumpkin and take it to the festival for a chance to win $50 top prize. Bark in the 'Boro will award a gift certificate to the best-dressed dog in the Canine Costume Contest and Parade at noon.
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