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Fun for the whole family! Goblins and Gourds is a harvest celebration featuring live music from the Sweet Potatoes and Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra and good green fun in the Robins Visitors Center and Kelly Education Center.

pumpkin painting at Goblins and Gourds

Sunday, October 20, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Goblins and Gourds pumpkin patch

RAIN OR SHINE! GOBLINS AND GOURDS WILL STILL GO ON AS PLANNED! Enjoy our amended (no pumpkin painting or scarecrow stuffing) fun, fall activities and entertainment out of the rain in the Robins Visitors Center and the Kelly Education Center!  

Regular Garden admission

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

New this year: We’ll be serving mid-morning bites, coffee, and lunch! See the tentative menu below.

Join us for demos in gourd carving, pumpkin carving and more!


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

NEW! Sample snacks with a harvest theme (courtesy of Sabra Dipping Company)

Edible Education – Cooking demonstration and tasting

Owlcraft Healing Ways – Nature’s Bounty: Showing the Power of Plants

Gourd Carving Demonstration with gourd artist Susan Sweder

Pumpkin Carving Demonstration with artist Dana DuMont

African Cultural Gourd Demonstration and Open Community Drum Circle

Native Species Community Mural

Join illustrator Laura Marr in the Kelly Education Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help paint a mural panel focused on native Virginia plants and helpful pollinators. Artists of all ages are encouraged to add color to local plants, insects, and animals that are meant to thrive in Central Virginia; such as milkweed (Asciepias syriaca), rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), goldenrod (Solidago), wood ferns (Dryopteris carthusiana), scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea), hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Art supplies are provided. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is featured in Marr’s Richmond-themed coloring book, Inky Richmond.

SCRAP RVA – What will you make of it?

Goblins and Gourds attendees can wow us, and scare us, with a cute or creepy, or cutely creepy, creation! We will have samples on our table including a friendly, fuzzy owl and a fanged, scary spider.

Sweet Potatoes band will be playing at Goblins & Gourds

The Sweet Potatoes band will be playing at Goblins & Gourds this year!


Mid-morning Bites 10-11 a.m.
-Donuts & muffins
-yogurt parfait
-coffee (coffee served all day)

Lunch, starting at 11 a.m.
-chicken tenders
-BBQ (pork and chicken)
-Kids’ meals (turkey/ham roll ups and Uncrustables)
-chips and trail mix
-whole fruit
-jumbo cookiesSave