Celebrate Fall In and Around Kendal-Crosslands

With our Level II Arboretum, you probably already suspect that our campus at Kendal-Crosslands is spectacular in the Fall, and you’d be right! But even before the air starts to get crisp and the evenings get cooler, there are so many great things happening in our area- it’s hard to decide which ones to check out first!

Fall Begins With The Mushroom Festival

Exotic mushrooms at the annual Mushroom Festival

The Annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square kicks of Fall in Southern Chester County, always scheduled for the first weekend after Labor Day each year. Celebrated in Downtown Kennett Square, the festival features vendors, exhibits and top chefs from around the country, who come to the area to celebrate everything about mushrooms, the major agriculture crop in Southern Chester County. You can also buy fresh and exotic mushrooms, donated by local growers. Proceeds from mushroom sales and other sales at the festival go to local non-profits through a grant program, with over $1,000,000 given away over the 32 years of the festival!  You can read more about the importance of mushrooms to our local economy by clicking here.

Apples, Cider and Family Fun!

Fall also means Apples! There are several nearby orchards where you can pick your own apples, or just buy them fresh off the tree!

Milburn’s Orchard in nearby Elkton, Maryland offers tractor rides out to the orchards where dwarf fruit trees make apple picking fun for everyone- even the grandkids!

Linvilla Orchards is a little closer, in nearby Media, PA, and has a variety of produce picking and family experiences throughout the fall, including trout fishing on their pond. At the very least, don’t miss the fresh cider and apple cider donuts from Northbrook Orchards in nearby West Chester.

Oktoberfest Closer to Home

In the middle of October, you can go to the Kennett Brewfest on Saturday October 13th, and sample craft beers from all over. West Chester has its annual Chili Cookoff on Sunday, October 14th, and Chadds Ford has a wonderful annual Pumpkin Carve October 18- 20th with spectacular displays that should not be missed.

Mixing it Up- Learn Something New!

Looking for something different to do? Glasslight Studios in St. Peter’s PA has glassblowing classes, and this fall, you can blow your own glass pumpkin!  Classes are limited in size, so sign up early. Click here to see the details on their website. They even have special ornament blowing classes closer to the holidays!

Getting Outdoors

The Head of The Schuylkill Regatta is one of the largest crew events in the Country, and watching the races in Fairmount Park near historic Boat House Row in Philadelphia should be on your To Do list. This year, the Regatta is being held October 25th-27th, and even if you just drive by while heading into Philadelphia to take in other sights, it’s well worth a stop to take a few photos at least!

Gardens are Still SpectacularLongwood Chrysanthemum

At  Longwood Gardens, Fall brings color into the landscape, and wonderful spicy scents into the Conservatory.  The annual Chrysanthemum Festival starts October 25th and runs through November 18th with its amazing displays throughout the Conservatory.

Nearby Winterthur has their special exhibit- Follies- Architectural Whimsy in the Garden on display throughout the fall.  

Additionally, on October 25-27th, Winterthur will also be hosting The Perfect Gift, an annual fundraising event featuring one of a kind vendors where you will be guaranteed to find the perfect gift for someone on your holiday list!  Started in 1920 by the Women’s Club of Trinity Church in Wilmington, Delaware, The Christmas Shop, renamed The Perfect Gift a number of years ago, is an annual fundraising event to benefit the Wilmington community. Since 1999, the Christmas Shop Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 to 130 charitable organizations in Delaware.

Before we know it, the holidays will be here! Keep an eye out for our next seasonal post, when we’ll highlight all the events that will help make your holidays memorable for years to come!