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Old Westbury Scarecrow Garden open

Shrunken Head Mario and other scarecrows on display

Shrunken Head Mario and other scarecrows on display at Old Westbury Gardens. (Credit: Vince Kish)

Fall is a great time to visit Long Island's public gardens. Many plants are still blooming, the weather is crisp and trees will begin their colorful displays soon. At Old Westbury Gardens, there's another reason to visit in October: the annual Scarecrow Garden.

Just behind and slightly east of Westbury House, scarecrows with names like Shrunken Head Mario, Cousin It and about a dozen others are set up and posed throughout the Demonstration Gardens, where they'll remain all month long. All were created by local schools, scouts, civic groups and local residents. What's more, regular admission to OWG ( $10 for general admission; $8, seniors; $5  for ages 7-17; 6 and under: free) also includes access to the Scarecrow Garden.

The kids will love it.

Photo: Shrunken Head Mario and other scarecrows on display at Old Westbury Gardens. (Vince Kish)

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