During October see the blue-lavender blooms of the aromatic asters (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ and ‘October Skies’) by the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, in the Display Garden and in the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden. In the Holden Butterfly Garden check out the 8’ tall Maximilian sunflower (Helianthus maximilianii). The last flower to come into bloom in the Display Garden and also in the Holden Butterfly Garden is the Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’).
On the south end of the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden is a mistflower (Eupatorium coelestinum ‘Cori’) that came into bloom the first week of October. See the beautiful flowers of the rough gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) in the Display Garden and at Lantern Court. Check out the beautiful silvery plumes of flame grass (Miscanthus oligostachyus ‘Purpurascens’) in the Sally Gries Entry Garden along Sperry Road that also displays bright fall color.
Enjoy the marvelous fall foliage of our maple (Acer), sweetgum (Liquidambar), sourwood (Oxydendrum), sassafras (Sassafras), tupelo (Nyssa) and birch (Betula) trees in the gardens, woods, fields, and around the ponds. Take a walk along the "Leaf Trail" and make a collection of colorful fallen leaves.