Find free family fun, gardening inspiration and plenty of pumpkins
Hundreds of pumpkins await visitors to Green Acres at Eisley's Nursery in Auburn.
Photo courtesy of Green Acres Nursery & Supply www.idiggreenacres.com
The pumpkins have arrived! And so have fall celebrations.
Green Acres Nursery & Supply will embrace the autumn spirit with its annual Fall Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 24.
To be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m at Green Acres’ Eisley Nursery in Auburn, the Fall Festival features a huge selection of pumpkins plus fall planting ideas, live music, face painting, scavenger hunt, petting zoo, pie walk and other fun things for the whole family.
Learn how to make a succulent centerpiece planted in a pumpkin. Snack on fresh-popped popcorn. In addition, seasonal drinks and treats will be offered for sale.
Get plenty of garden advice and inspiration. On hand will be representatives from Auburn Golden Gardeners Garden Club, Auburn Garden Club and Placer Nature Center. Free demonstrations include a composting workshop. Get your pruners, lopers and other tools sharpened.
Admission is free. Green Acres’ Eisley Nursery is located at 380 Nevada St. In Auburn.
Details and directions: www.idiggreenacres.com.
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