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There’s also a Haybale Maze, a Great Pumpkin Search, and a Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch that will have plenty of pumpkins for sale so that you can create your own seasonal display. Now in its 11th year, the fall festival also includes plenty of awesome events including evening concerts, weekends celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and literary legacy, Mommy and Me events, nature nights and educational opportunities surrounding the migration of monarch butterflies. Basically, if you live in Dallas, you could make your visits a daily or at least weekly occurrence.

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The Arboretum will have 30 different types of pumpkins and will also feature 150,000 fall blooms like chrysanthemums, ornamental grasses, copper plants, and firebush. The result will be a spectacular demonstration of natural beauty when combined with gardening and horticultural craftsmanship: the pumpkin festival requires the services of 50 members of the Arboretum’s horticultural team and takes three weeks to build!

Once the pumpkin festival is over, the pumpkins are mulched and returned to the soil. The gourds also get a second life and are sold or given to the Gourd Society where they can be painted or made into instruments.

The “Art of the Pumpkin” has already begun and will run until November 23rd, so start planning your visit now. Last year, the festival saw a quarter of a million visitors, so you’ll be in good company to get into the spirit of the season.

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