Fall Festival at Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens

For a family-friendly outdoor activity this fall, plan to visit the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens’ Fall Family Festival Saturday, October 22 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Sponsored by the Friends of Coastal Gardens, this fundraising event includes plant vendors, arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, hay ride, miniature train ride, face painting, many educational booths and Bamboo Artifacts Museum Opening Ceremony at 11:00 am.

A well-stocked snack bar will serve hamburgers, hotdogs, roast pork sandwiches, roasted sweet potatoes and other snack bar items. Once again there will be smoked pork butts over a wood fire. These butts can be ordered To Go for $20 each. Admission to the festival is free but there will be a $2 charge for parking. Some activities are free while others have a small per-person charge.

Visitors to the 55-acre Bamboo Farm will experience one of Savannah’s hidden treasures. Display gardens, bamboo groves, pick-your-own strawberries and blackberries in season, places to picnic and to walk are to be found in this historic site.

Nationally known for the bamboo collection and palm collection, the farm has a butterfly garden, cottage garden and a Xeriscape garden illustrating water-wise landscape and gardening techniques.

Begun in 1918 as a USDA plant introduction station, the Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens is today a part of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension with the mission to provide education, public outreach and applied research in horticulture and environmental sciences.

The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens is located at the intersection of U. S. 17 South, going toward Richmond Hill, and Canebrake Road.

The entrance is a quarter mile south of Wal-Mart and a mile north of the Ogeechee River Bridge. For more information, contact Cassy Davis at 912-921-5460 or email coastal@uga.edu.

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