DALLAS, Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash are sprouting in the Texas Panhandle this summer, soon making their way to Dallas for Autumn at the Arboretum, a national fall festival made possible by Rogers-O'Brien Construction. 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, this festival at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden highlights The Wonderful Wizard of Oz theme, September 23 to November 22. Last year, more than a million people visited the garden, with 250,000 of them during this favorite fall festival.
For the 12th year, Autumn at the Arboretum includes the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays utilizing more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, along with hay bales and cornstalks. Themed "Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!", the Pumpkin Village takes each visitor on a trip highlighting the beloved book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Guests 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. Vignettes include "Auntie Em's house," the "Scarecrow's Garden," the "Enchanted Forest" with the "Tin Man" and "Cowardly Lion," "Munchkinland," "Emerald City" showcasing the carriage pulled by "A Horse of A Different Color," and the "Wicked Witch's Castle" including the Hay Bale Maze mimicking the castle walls. "Munchkinland" is also the home of the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch offering pumpkins for purchase and children's activities. Photo-opportunities also abound throughout the village.
"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.
In addition to presenting sponsor Rogers-O'Brien Construction, additional sponsors include Alliance Data, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, Mutual of Omaha, Texas Instruments, C.C. Young, Full Color Inc., Kimberly-Clark, Reliant, Tom Thumb, DallasChild and Macy's.
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