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2014 - 6th Annual Photography Contest

2014 photo contest announcementThe sixth annual photography competition is open to photographers of all ages. All entries must be received at the Gardens between August 25th and September 16th, 2014.


  • Adult Divisions (Clark Gardens Photography and Non-Clark Gardens Photography): Cash awards are to 1st place ($100.00), 2nd place ($75.00) and 3rd place ($50.00).
  • Youth Division: Cash awards are to 1st place ($50.00), 2nd place ($40.00) and 3rd place ($30.00).
  • First place and People's Choice receive a special recognition award.


  • Clark Gardens Photography – 18 years old and above, professional or amateur.
  • Non-Clark Gardens Photography
  • Youth Photography – Photographers not yet reaching their 18th birthday.
  • People's Choice Award - Open class of all photography contest submissions. Each visitor to the Gardens will be given one ballot to vote for their choice of the best photo.

Read more about the contest and see registration froms...

Scarecrow Storybook Village 2014, A Service Project Opportunity

little red ridding hoodThis fall we are creating a magical, colorful Scarecrow Storybook Village that will delight and inspire our visitors as they stroll through the Gardens rich with fall color. You and/or your organization are invited to participate by creating a scarecrow to be a part of the Storybook Village.

Each scarecrow will have a different classic storybook theme such as Little Red Riding Hood. This display might have a little girl with a basket and a red hooded cape and a wolf as pictured in the image.

[ pdfView/print the Scarecrow Storybook Village Information and Signup Form ]

Scarecrow Completion Due Date: September 15th, 2014


  • Provided by each group
  • The scarecrow forms are provided by Clark Gardens

Place: Scarecrows may be created on-site at Clark Gardens, or off-site, whichever is more feasible for your group.

Theme: Select the theme of your scarecrow from the list provided below.

  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Goldilocks & Three Bears
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Jack and the Bean Stalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Mary Poppins
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Rapunzel
  • Tinkerbell
  • Captain Hook
  • Peter Pan
  • Cinderella
  • Pinocchio
Registration Is Open for Oct 4, 2014 Half Marathon & 5K

half marathon and 5k run/walk at Clark GardensInformation about the Clark Gardens annual half-marathon/5k event scheduled for October 4, 2014 is available. Online registration is open.

Each year on Saturday morning during our Fall Festival, Clark Gardens hosts a half marathon and 5K run/walk. The run starts and finishes in Clark Gardens. The race is on paved paths winding through beautiful tree lined paths both in Clark Gardens and on the Rails to Trails.

This event will happen rain or shine.

See race times, awards and online registration...

Fall Festival Oct. 4, 2014

Fall Festival 2014 at Clark GardensOctober 4th, 2014 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Fall Festival comes to life on the first Saturday in the month of October, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The festival is day full of fun, activities and entertainment for the whole family.

The day's activities and events include:

  • Chili Cook-Off - Chili for Charity
  • Children's Activities
  • Half Marathon/5K Run
  • Beer Tasting and Pairing
  • Food and Beverages
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Salsa Tasting
  • Scarecrow Storybook Village
  • Shop on Vendor Plaza
  • Photography Contest Exhibit

Read more about the Fall Festival...

Tree Trail Tour and Mobile App

Now when you walk through Clark Gardens Tree Trail you can use a mobile app of the trail, with pictures and tree IDs, as your guide.

See the Tree Trail Tour and mobile app download links...