South Coast Botanic Garden Presents “All Things Wicked & Wonderful”

South Coast Botanic Garden Presents “All Things Wicked & Wonderful”

Palos Verdes homes owners can enjoy some Halloween fun by visiting the South Coast Botanic Garden for their new “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” event beginning October 1, 2022.

From looking into skeleton parts of Diabolical and Misunderstood plantings in the Garden Graveyard, to hundreds of creepy crawlers taking over the first ever Spider Pavilion, there’s something for everyone and every scare level – from looking for a Witch Hunt that may have you believing in sorcery as you search throughout the 87 acres for one wicked witch or you can bring your four legged friend to a Howl-o-ween Costume Contest on October 30, 2022. There will be “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” sprinkled throughout the garden and into the regular happenings as well. This is not your traditional Halloween outing, but it sounds like fun for all ages!

While the Garden is known for its pops of color, they are going on the dark side for their Diabolical and Misunderstood plants. The Garden Graveyard will be located in garden beds across from the Spider Pavilion and will include plants that are not only dark in color, but have dark reputations as well. Some of these plants we know as being toxic and deadly, but that is not always the case. You will definitely feel wowed as you learn about these interesting plants. (Included with General Admission Tickets)

The Spider Pavilion will be available to visit from October 1  to November 30, 2022. Instead of seeing hundreds of butterflies flying around in the pavilion, this will now be the new arachnoid exhibit calling the area home as hundreds of spiders take over the pavilion. This will be a timed ticket event for the 30 minute pavilion visit. You will be surrounded by orb-weaving spiders who are living freely in the pavilion plus additional tarantulas inside glass cases. The Emergence Chamber will be turned into a Spider Wall to educate guests about the brown widow, which was actually discovered in Torrance in 2003 as an invasive species on the West Coast. (Tickets to the Spider Pavilion are an additional $5 Member/$7 Non-Member).

The Witch Hunt will take place on October 1 to October 30, 2022. On this adventure you will be in search of a wicked witch who has been lurking around the 87 acres. Just grab a map at the Garden entrance and you’ll be led on a hunt to various spooky areas of the Garden where she may be hiding. Look for signs of the witch and maybe even the witch herself! (Included with General Garden Tickets)

Howl-o-ween Costume Contest will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5;00 p.m. This month’s dog walking hours are happening so close to Halloween that they have decided to have your four legged friends come to the Garden dressed in costume. You can take a picture of you and/or your pup dressed in costume in the Garden on October 30, 2022, post it on Instagram using hashtag #SCBGCostumeContest and be entered to win 2 tickets to the upcoming light exhibit. (Tickets for dog walking hours are the same as general admission plus $5 per dog)

The price for admission for this special event is $15/adult, $11/senior, $5/child and $5 for your dog. For more information or to purchase admission tickets, click here.

The South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26322 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Peninsula. Due to limited space, they recommend that you contact the Garden early to make your reservations.

To read my prior article about the Garden click here.

Photo courtesy of the South Coast Botanic Garden









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