The annual Pumpkinville festival at the Myriad Botanical Gardens was named “Best Pumpkin Patch” in the USA by 10Best USA Today on September 23. Twenty pumpkin patches in the United States were chosen as finalists in this category.
The top ten winners in the end are:
1. Pumpkinville at Myriad Botanical Gardens – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2. Huber’s Orchard and Winery – Borden, Indiana
3. Baugher’s Orchard – Westminster, Maryland
4. Swans Trail Farms – Snohomish, Washington
5. Kelders Farm – Kerhonkson, New York
6. The Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum – Dallas, Texas
7. Linvilla Orchards – Media, Pennsylvania
8. Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad – Orange, California
9. Mike’s Farm – Beulaville, North Carolina
10. Mrs. Heather’s Farm – Albany, Louisiana
Pumpkinville began in the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Children’s Garden in October 2012 with only 3,000 pumpkins. The idea came from Maureen Heffernan, who is the CEO and director of the Gardens and Scissortail Park. Since then, there are now 40,000 pumpkins, and almost 30,000 people went to the Land of Oz-themed Pumpkinville festival last year. Today, it’s the biggest annual event at the Gardens and a favorite fall tradition for tens of thousands of families. Pumpkins, gourds, haystacks, and mums have been used to make creative displays that people have enjoyed. There will be hand-made games, the chance to paint a pumpkin, magical vendors, special treats, and as many rides as you want on Mo’s Carousel.
The Gardens is a 501(c)(3) charity. Pumpkinville is a way to raise money for the foundation, with the money going to the foundation. People are encouraged to get memberships so they can save money and see as many shows as possible during the 17-day run. Members also get free entry to the Inasmuch Foundation Crystal Bridge Conservatory, which will open on November 18, 2022. Pumpkinville costs $9 per person for people who are not members.