If you’ve had a child go to elementary school in Utah County any time in recent memory, chances are they’ve gone on a field trip to Pumpkinland at Vineyard Garden Center. And with good reason – this is one of the happiest, G-rated Halloween adventures little kids (or big kids) can have in the fall.
The main attraction at Pumpkinland is pumpkins, of course – lots and lots of pumpkins. Small, medium, and enormous. Round or flat. Bright orange, orange-veined on white, or ghostly white.
But that’s not all there is at Pumpkinland.
There’s Indian corn and squash of every variety. There’s a corn maze (the simple kind that you won’t get lost in). There’s a gourd tunnel. There are bunnies, goats, chickens, doves and ducks. There’s a completely non-scary light path. There’s a straw house, a tunnel to crawl through, and a big wooden pumpkin house to play in. There’s a huge playground.
It’s a kid’s paradise.
On any given day right now, Pumpkinland is swarming with groups of school children clutching pumpkins, posing for pictures, climbing and playing, and oohing and aahing at animals.
But adults who love gardens and growing things will find plenty to enjoy at Vineyard Grden Center too: plants of all sorts, fall bulbs, gardening tools and gadgets. Bright fall pansies are in stock now to buy by the four-pack or the flat. Best of all, there are big patches of growing things: corn, tomatoes, squash, sunflowers, fragrant dill, and the list goes on.
If you like to can, there are all sorts of vegetables to buy in bulk here – such as tomatoes by the bushel, peppers of every variety, sweet onions, and more. Hand-lettered signs with recipes and canning instructions can be found throughout the store.
Pumpkinland at Vineyard Garden Center is the perfect place for kids and adults alike to spend a little time enjoying the beauties of the fall.
Pumpkinland is open from now until October 31st. Vineyard Garden Center is located at 435 S Geneva road in Orem, and hours are 9:00 – 6:30. For more information, call 801.225.4357.