Botanical Garden Hosts Harvest Fest

Would you like to see trees full of colorful leaves, blooming autumn flowers and piles of pumpkins? Listen to a string band, watch your kids get their faces painted, or see them ride a pony?

The Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 20 at Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing promises to deliver. With a scenic background of fall foliage, including maple, oak and sweet gum trees, the one-day event includes a petting zoo and pony rides, two performances by the Lonesome Moonlight String Band, at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m., and a Tai Chi demonstration, as well as demonstrations of a spinning wheel and a cider press.

Children will enjoy the arts and crafts activity table while adults can visit the beer tent, and the whole family can treat themselves to baked goods and seasonal treats, and browse among the craft vendor tables. From 2 to 3 p.m., the Queens Botanical Garden’s Executive Director, Susan Lacerte, will lead a garden tour and there is an earlier bird and nature walk, from 11 a.m. to noon.

There are fees for some of the events: $2 for food to feed the animals, $3 for face-painting and $5 for pony rides and $5 per pumpkin, as well as a fee for participation in old-fashioned children’s games. The beauty of the garden is wonderful to enjoy at any time, thanks to its many trees, bushes, plants and paths. It is a popular place for weddings. The festival will take place rain or shine, thanks to tents and sheltered areas.

The Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main St. For more information, call (718) 886-3800 or go to

-Barbara Arnstein