Scarecrow Trail

Create a one-of-a-kind scarecrow for the Fall Garden Festival Scarecrow Contest!

When: During the Fall Garden Festival

Where: New Orleans Botanical Garden

Admission: free to participate

The New Orleans Botanical Garden invites individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations, and schools to create a one of a kind scarecrow for our scarecrow trail. The scarecrow trail kicks off during our Fall Garden Festival, October 5 and 6, 2019.

Your creation should fall into one of these three categories: traditional, funny, or scary. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be picked out of those categories. We will have Best of Show for the overall competition. $100.00 CASH prize for “Best of Show” adult category and “Best School” for school category. Scarecrows should be appropriate for family viewing.

The scarecrow will be on display from October 5th through October 31st. They will be judged on October 5th during the 2019 Fall Garden Festival
October 3rd from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and October 4th 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Contact Dov at (504)483-9470 or email if you need a different set up date or for further information.

Download registration and contest rules below.


2018 Scarecrow Trail Awards

Adult Category

Best in Show – The Haunted Tree of City Park, River Ridge Garden Club


1st Place Traditional – Garden Angel, Fleur de Lis Garden Club

2nd Place Traditional – Out to Lunch, Aurora Plantation Gardeners

3rd Place Traditional – Poison Ivy, Cathy and Mike Vidos


1st Place Scariest – What Came First: The Doctor or The Plague?, The Holy Ground Misfits

2nd Place Scariest – Corn Stalker, Terrytown Garden Club

3rd Place Scariest – Bone Digger, Metairie Ridge Garden Club


1st Place Funniest – Crowing Old at PACE, PACE Greater New Orleans

2nd Place Funniest – Naturalist Groot, Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater New Orleans

3rd Place Funniest – NOLA Tricentennial Crow, Lake Terrace Garden Club


School and Family Category

Best in Show – Pablo Picass-crow, Mount Carmel Academy

1st Place Traditional – RIP Senorita Esqueleto, Ursuline Academy

2nd Place Traditional – Happy to be Me Rain or Shine, Sacred Heart of Jesus School Norco

3rd Place Traditional – Trick or Treat Tricentennial, Little Shadows, Shady Oaks Junior Garden Club

1st Place Scariest – Murdered Myrtle Mermaid, Melissa and Sage Folse

2nd Place Scariest – Bride of Frankenstein, Elmwood Park Academy 7th-8th Grade

3rd Place Scariest – Devil’s Puppet, The Hinrichs Family

1st Place Funniest – Cornvict, The Pate Family

2nd Place Funniest – Scary Poppins, Garcontthews Families

3rd Place Funniest – Storyteller, Immaculate Conception School

Contest rules

Registration Form