Just in Time for Halloween, South Coast Botanical Garden Opens Spider Pavilion October 1 – Daily Breeze

In the spring and early summer, the South Coast Botanic Garden transformed its new 1,8000 square foot pavilion into a fairyland with hundreds of butterflies. But now, in time for the biggest fall holidays, those arthropods are being replaced by creepy crawlers.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Garden, known for its annual Halloween festivities, upped the spooky factor with its Spider Pavilion, which opens Saturday, October 1.

For an additional $5-7, SCBG guests can be surrounded by at least 200 of the creepy, dangling creatures and watch them weave their webs throughout the pavilion. Species such as Trichonephila clavipes, Argiope aurantia and Gasteracantha, called orb-weavers, are not poisonous to humans.

  • The South Coast Botanical Garden is going to the dark side this fall – literally and figuratively. “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” kicks off October 1 with the opening of the first ever garden spider pavilion, new plantings in an evil and misunderstood garden graveyard, and a witch hunt. The new garden spider pavilion will be open until November 30 and will feature a widow’s window for guests to learn the differences between black and brown widow spiders, at least 200 live spiders inside the pavilion, a number of tarantula terrariums, live guides inside the pavilion providing fun facts and a printed guide as well. Species confirmed to date include Golden Silk Orb Weaver, European Garden Spider, Brazilian White Tarantula, Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, Antillean Rose Tarantula, Brown Widow, and Western Black Widow. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The South Coast Botanical Garden goes to the dark side this...

    The South Coast Botanical Garden is going to the dark side this fall – literally and figuratively. “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” kicks off October 1 with the opening of the first ever garden spider pavilion, new plantings in an evil and misunderstood garden graveyard, and a witch hunt. The new garden spider pavilion will be open until November 30 and will feature a widow’s window for guests to learn the differences between black and brown widow spiders, at least 200 live spiders inside the pavilion, a number of tarantula terrariums, live guides inside the pavilion providing fun facts and a printed guide as well. Species confirmed to date include Golden Silk Orb Weaver, European Garden Spider, Brazilian White Tarantula, Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, Antillean Rose Tarantula, Brown Widow, and Western Black Widow. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The South Coast Botanical Garden goes to the dark side this...

    The South Coast Botanical Garden is going to the dark side this fall – literally and figuratively. “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” kicks off October 1 with the opening of the first ever garden spider pavilion, new plantings in an evil and misunderstood garden graveyard, and a witch hunt. The new garden spider pavilion will be open until November 30 and will feature a widow’s window for guests to learn the differences between black and brown widow spiders, at least 200 live spiders inside the pavilion, a number of tarantula terrariums, live guides inside the pavilion providing fun facts and a printed guide as well. Species confirmed to date include Golden Silk Orb Weaver, European Garden Spider, Brazilian White Tarantula, Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, Antillean Rose Tarantula, Brown Widow, and Western Black Widow. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The South Coast Botanical Garden goes to the dark side this...

    The South Coast Botanical Garden is going to the dark side this fall – literally and figuratively. “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” kicks off October 1 with the opening of the first ever garden spider pavilion, new plantings in an evil and misunderstood garden graveyard, and a witch hunt. The new garden spider pavilion will be open until November 30 and will feature a widow’s window for guests to learn the differences between black and brown widow spiders, at least 200 live spiders inside the pavilion, a number of tarantula terrariums, live guides inside the pavilion providing fun facts and a printed guide as well. Species confirmed to date include Golden Silk Orb Weaver, European Garden Spider, Brazilian White Tarantula, Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, Antillean Rose Tarantula, Brown Widow, and Western Black Widow. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The South Coast Botanical Garden goes to the dark side this...

    The South Coast Botanical Garden is going to the dark side this fall – literally and figuratively. “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” kicks off October 1 with the opening of the first ever garden spider pavilion, new plantings in an evil and misunderstood garden graveyard, and a witch hunt. The new garden spider pavilion will be open until November 30 and will feature a widow’s window for guests to learn the differences between black and brown widow spiders, at least 200 live spiders inside the pavilion, a number of tarantula terrariums, live guides inside the pavilion providing fun facts and a printed guide as well. Species confirmed to date include Golden Silk Orb Weaver, European Garden Spider, Brazilian White Tarantula, Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, Antillean Rose Tarantula, Brown Widow, and Western Black Widow. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The South Coast Botanical Garden goes to the dark side this...

    The South Coast Botanical Garden is going to the dark side this fall – literally and figuratively. “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” kicks off October 1 with the opening of the first ever garden spider pavilion, new plantings in an evil and misunderstood garden graveyard, and a witch hunt. The new garden spider pavilion will be open until November 30 and will feature a widow’s window for guests to learn the differences between black and brown widow spiders, at least 200 live spiders inside the pavilion, a number of tarantula terrariums, live guides inside the pavilion providing fun facts and a printed guide as well. Species confirmed to date include Golden Silk Orb Weaver, European Garden Spider, Brazilian White Tarantula, Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, Antillean Rose Tarantula, Brown Widow, and Western Black Widow. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The South Coast Botanical Garden goes to the dark side this...

    The South Coast Botanical Garden is going to the dark side this fall – literally and figuratively. “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” kicks off October 1 with the opening of the first ever garden spider pavilion, new plantings in an evil and misunderstood garden graveyard, and a witch hunt. The new garden spider pavilion will be open until November 30 and will feature a widow’s window for guests to learn the differences between black and brown widow spiders, at least 200 live spiders inside the pavilion, a number of tarantula terrariums, live guides inside the pavilion providing fun facts and a printed guide as well. Species confirmed to date include Golden Silk Orb Weaver, European Garden Spider, Brazilian White Tarantula, Gooty Sapphire Tarantula, Antillean Rose Tarantula, Brown Widow, and Western Black Widow. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The South Coast Botanical Garden goes to the dark side this...

    The South Coast Botanical Garden is going to the dark side this fall – literally and figuratively. “All Things Wicked & Wonderful” kicks off October 1 with the opening of the first ever garden spider pavilion, new plantings in an evil and misunderstood garden graveyard, and a witch hunt. The new garden spider pavilion will be open until November 30 and will feature a widow’s window for guests to learn the differences between black and brown widow spiders, at least 200 live spiders inside the pavilion, a number of tarantula terrariums, live guides inside the pavilion providing fun facts and a printed guide as well. Species confirmed to date include golden silk orb weaver, European garden spider, Brazilian white tarantula, gooty sapphire tarantula, West Indian rose tarantula, brown widow spider, and western black widow spider. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

The pavilion plants have been refreshed with twisting branches and Spanish moss to create a more ethereal feel and make things more web-weaving. In the wild, these orb weavers usually weave a new web each day.

But don’t be afraid.

Black and Western Brown Widows and Tarantulas will not be on the prowl. These beauties will be contained in glass cages. Spectators can see them through the “widow’s window”. The guides will point out the differences between them and every Saturday in October, the bravest visitors can even schedule a meeting.

For a different twist on Halloween, SCBG is also adding a Garden Graveyard across from the Spider Pavilion. It will contain plants of dark color or dark reputation. While many of these devilish plants are decried as poisonous or deadly, visitors can see why this isn’t always the case.

The annual Witch Hunt, where kids can search SCBG’s 87 acres for an evil witch, will also be back. And those with four-legged friends and a cool costume idea can bring their pups to the Howl-o-ween costume contest on October 30.

If you are going to

Spider Pavilion: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 to Nov. 30

Evil and Misunderstood Plants: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 to Nov. 30

Tarantula Meet and Greet: 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, October 8 to November 19

Howl-o-ween Costume Contest: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. October

Information or to buy tickets in advance: southcoastbotanicgarden.org.

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