Fall Travel America 2013: The Dallas Arboretum Kicks Off “Autumn at the Arboretum” with a Pumpkin Village Filled with Over 50,000 Pumpkins, Gourds, and Squash

The Autumn at the Arboretum Festival is now open at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with over 50,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash coming together to form the nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village. The term ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ directly applies to this blockbuster festival. The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (www.dallasarboretum.org) is to build and maintain a public venue that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research. We are committed to excellence, good management and fiscal responsibility.


For the annual Autumn at the Arboretum, Four houses will form the Pumpkin Village with the Pumpkin Café, Peter’s Pumpkin House, The Gourd House, and Jack’s Pumpkin House with 23 types of pumpkins, 15 types of squash and 8 types of gourds. The popular Pumpkin Carriage will allow visitors a fairy-tale photo opportunity. The Oktoberfest Garden (11am-3pm), the quaint, outdoor Cafe on the Green serves a traditional German menu while guests enjoy the view of beautiful, full beds of fall color.

Activities will include Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays (10am-2pm every Monday & Tuesday through Nov. 26. Featuring a petting zoo, nature art, face painting and Kindermusik (12-12:30pm); Harvest Tea through Nov. 27 (seating at 11am & 2pm. Join with family and friends for a delicious, 3-course seasonal tea service. Advance reservations required by calling 214.515.6511) and Concerts at the Arboretum every Thursday in October with fun-fall-outdoor entertainment featuring a variety of DFW’s food trucks each night.

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Special Events include the Columbus Day Children’s Concert, October 14, with 11am & 2pm performances featuring children’s singer/songwriter, Eddie Coker on the Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn. Last year over 23,000 school children visited the Arboretum for a field trip during Autumn at the Arboretum.

The Family Fun Weekend, October 26 & 27, 9am-5pm, will include Trick-or-treat-ing throughout the gardens with costumed characters and other family fun activities. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden also opened this fall where visitors can learn about science and nature in nature at over 17 indoor/outdoor galleries with over 150 interactive games throughout.


The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden was founded upon the dreams of a few visionary Dallasites and is located a 66 acre garden that houses both the DeGolyer Estate and the Camp Estate. The home of Everett DeGolyer(1886-1956) and Nell Goodrich DeGolyer(1887-1972) was designed to look one hundred years old when it was built in 1939. The home is Latin Colonial Revival style with twenty one thousand square feet. It has thirteen rooms, seven baths, five fireplaces, seven chimneys. The library has seventeen hundred and fifty square feet. The home was called “Rancho Encinal” because of the many live oak trees. The property had been a forty-four acre dairy farm when purchased by the DeGolyers. The house had central air conditioning and heating when it was built. The architects were Denman Scott and Burton Schutt. The DeGolyer Home is on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Texas Register of Historic Places. Mr. thCA9A6KWFDeGolyer was a geologist who ushered the oil industry into the age of technology with the use of the seismograph to find oil. Both Mr. and Mrs. DeGolyer were very active in the city of Dallas. The house has recently been renovated to re-create the look of the 1940s when it was first built.


On the Camp property is an 8,500 square-foot home atop a gently sloping hill with a stunning view of White Rock Lake. It was designed and built by well known architect John Staub and completed in 1938. Alex Camp and Roberta Coke Camp were from prominent Dallas families. Roberta Coke Camp was a generous philanthropist, who supported local civic and charitable organizations including the symphony, art museum, ballet, and her church. The house is a combination of Latin Colonial, English Regency, and Art Deco styles combined very harmoniously. It is one room deep throughout, with all living and bedrooms having three exposures.

Discount tickets available at area Tom Thumb locations through Nov. 27, with “Buy One Get One Free Wednesdays” through Nov. 27 and “C.C. Young Senior Thursdays” through Nov. 21. General admission tickets for $11.50 (65 and over). The Dallas Arboretum is supported in part by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. The Dallas Morning News is the principal sponsor of the Dallas Arboretum. WFAA is the official media sponsor.  Additional information available on the Arboretum’s website at www.dallasarboretum.org.