The other day I had the pleasure of exploring the Dallas Arboretum’s annual pumpkin village with my dear friend (and avid Rose Table reader!) Kat. There are a lot of fantastic events in Dallas in the fall but this is one of my favorites!
Autumn at the Arboretum boasts 4,500 Chrysanthemums, 150,000 fall blooming plants, and more than 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds that make up the pumpkin village. It’s so grand in fact that Fodor’s Travel named it one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country.
I look forward to the pumpkin village every year because not only is it a sight to behold, but also one that’s entirely different every year. This year’s theme was totally on brand for me: Adventures in Neverland. (Sometimes I think Disney just follows me around!)
This year’s Pumpkin Village features the Darlings’ house (complete with Nana’s doghouse!), the Lost Boys hideout, a fairy grove, and a massive pirate ship that sails a sea of gourds and pumpkins. The attention to detail that goes into the Pumpkin Village is not to be missed.
I particularly enjoyed this year’s murals inside the pumpkin structures. I haven’t seen murals like this grace the Pecan Grove pumpkin village and delighted in the artistry.
Be sure to walk around the rest of the arboretum when you’re there for the pumpkin village. In October, the garden is still in fine form and full of blooms!
Dallas Arboretum is open from 9 am to 5 pm. The Pumpkin Village runs through November 21. Special thank you to the Pumpkin Village sponsors (Rogers-O’Brien Construction, C.C. Young, Kimberly-Clark, Tom Thumb and DallasChild, Amegy Bank, Doyle & Associates, Mutual of Omaha, Texas Instruments, Macy’s, Full Color Inc., Park Place and True North Advisors) who made this special event possible. Get more information about the pumpkin village here.