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A Pumpkin Festival to Celebrate Fall

Pumpkin paradise lies deep in the heart of Texas, where an entire squash-centric village pops up every fall at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Center. More than 90,000 pumpkins, not counting innumerable minis, are part of the display, which opens in mid-September and closes at the end of November. Named one of America’s best pumpkin festivals by Fodor’s Travel, it’s easy to see why the 66-Acre Dallas Arboretum ranks with the best.
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    Pumpkin Village

    Pumpkin fantasies come to life every fall at the Dallas Arboretum with mosaics and structures walled with all varieties of the Cucurbita family.

    Date Published: September 14, 2016
    Date Updated: September 23, 2016
  • pumpkin decorating

    Simple Support

    To create the walls, pumpkins, squash, and gourds are stacked on special frames of rings that hold the pumpkins without piercing them (which would lead to a quick decay in the Texas heat).

    Date Published: September 14, 2016
    Date Updated: September 23, 2016
  • Instant Accents

    Pumpkins can act as throw pillows in the autumn garden, adding a splash of seasonal color and shape where needed. Pile around the base of a tree or tuck into the branches (or on top) for unexpected appeal.

    Date Published: September 14, 2016
    Date Updated: September 23, 2016
  • Squashed Landscaping

    Pumpkins line paths and edge flowerbeds. Thirty different types from Floydada, the Pumpkin Capital of Texas, make up the displays. It takes the arboretum horticultural team three weeks to arrange them.

    Date Published: September 14, 2016
    Date Updated: September 23, 2016
  • Pumpkin Mosaic

    At the Dallas Arboretum, the gardeners make a mosaic from a rich selection of sizes, colors, and shapes of pumpkins, squash, and gourds. To make your own, create a base with wood shipping pallets. Surround the pallets with bales of straw for support and to form a border. Cover pallets with a layer of cardboard and straw, then create your pattern.

    Date Published: September 14, 2016
    Date Updated: September 23, 2016
  • Image courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

    Pumpkin Harvest Festival

    A river of pumpkins and gourds runs along a real stream in the popular 1-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove. More than 200,000 visitors walk the squash-lined paths of the pumpkin village each fall.

    Date Published: September 14, 2016
    Date Updated: September 23, 2016
  • Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage

    Pulled by straw steeds through a pumpkin landscape, Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage makes an annual visit to the delight of girls of all ages. 

    Date Published: September 14, 2016
    Date Updated: September 23, 2016

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