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and Gourds

Fun for the whole family! Goblins and Gourds is a harvest celebration featuring live music from the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin-painting and good green fun in the Children’s Garden.

Sunday, October 28, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Details

Goblins and Gourds pumpkin patchRegular Garden admission

Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin painting, storytelling and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. We have over 500 pumpkins — kids can choose one, paint it, and take it home (while supplies last).

Join us for demos in gourd carving, pumpkin carving, blacksmithing and more! (see below)

NEW this year: while most activities will be in the Children’s Garden, the music will be at nearby Bloemendaal House and there will be a Hot Dog Bar under the tent at the House with food and drink available for purchase (also see below).


10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Storyteller Shel Browder

1 – 4 p.m.
Live music and Gourd Petting Zoo
by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra at Bloemendaal House


Pumpkin Painting: while supplies last!

Pumpkin Carving Demonstration by Jerry Veneziano from Sweetwater Farm, LLC

 Gourd Carving Demonstration by Susan Sweder

Seasonal Food Tasting and Kids hands-on cooking demo by Edible Education, LLC

Scarecrow Stuffing activity

Herbs and their Uses demonstration by Owlcraft Healing Ways

Pinecone Owls craft by Scrap RVA

Blacksmithing Demonstrations by Central VA Blacksmithing Guild

GardenArt Studio activity

Chalk Quilt by Sheena Wade

Natural Dyes by Judith Towers

Autumn Quest activity for families to search for and learn more about the enchanting creatures who live in the Garden

Food and drink available for purchase in the Garden at Bloemendaal House. (Food is also available for purchase in the Garden Cafe and Tea House.)

Hot Dog Bar
Beef, Turkey & Vegetarian Hot Dogs
Chili, Cheese & Sauerkraut
Ketchup, Onions, Relish & Mustard
Chips / Snacks / Drinks
Jumbo Chocolate Cookies