Thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash are sprouting in the Texas Panhandlethis summer, soon making their way to Dallas for Autumn at the Arboretum, a national fall festival, named one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel and “One of the World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest. The festival will highlightThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz theme, September 23 to November 22. Guests will travel through Pumpkin Village on an actual yellow-brick road, spiraling through Pecan Grove with stops at each major occurrence in the story of Dorothy and her adventures in the “Land of Oz”–reimagined with pumpkins, squashes and gourds.
Last year, more than a million people visited the garden, with 250,000 of them during this popular fall festival.
“Our visitors will love The Wonderful Wizard of Oz theme at Pumpkin Village because many know this story, so our 50-member horticulture team goes to great lengths to create that ‘wow’ factor,” said Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum vice president of gardens.
During the festival on October 3, the Dallas Arboretum opens a new attractive year-round destination named A Tasteful Place, an edible display garden designed to mirror an ornamental kitchen garden or “potager” as it is called by the French. A $12 million project, the 3.5-acre garden was inspired by the movement toward growing and eating sustainable, fresh, locally-grown food. A Tasteful Place is comprised of artfully arranged features including a pavilion with event space and a teaching kitchen, an orchard, beds of ornamental display vegetables, herbs, flowers and a lagoon.
Many activities take place through the garden during the festival including children’s activities, Harvest Tea, concerts and live music, gardening demonstrations, book signings and activities in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and more. Check dallasarboretum.org for latest schedule.