Fall festival: autumn at the Dallas Arboretum

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Lizzy Hamilton
Contributing Writer

--------------------- Photo by Danny Sauer--------------------- The Dallas Arboretum boasts fanciful displays of flowers and gourds. Pictured above are several of these arrangements, including a life-size cottage that visitors are welcome to enter. These are just a few of the things that make a trip to the Arboretum worthwhile.

If you’re looking for a place to spend any of the remaining sunny and warm days of autumn before those ice storms start hitting, then you should consider a day at the Dallas Arboretum.  From now until Nov. 23, the Dallas Arboretum is hosting its annual “Autumn at the Arboretum” festival.  Over 150,000 fall flowers and 50,000 pumpkins take center stage in a blooming wonderland of purples, reds and oranges for a different spin on what makes a garden beautiful.

The fall festival has many different exhibits and events taking place daily and weekly.  In keeping with the arboretum’s 2011 fairy tale theme, the imaginative team built “Cinderella’s Pumpkin Village” from hundreds of pumpkins and gourds.  There are four masterfully crafted houses based off of the fairy tale.  In the midst of the village is Cinderella’s carriage, which offers a perfect photo opportunity.  There is live music daily in the gardens with special concerts taking place on weekends.  For those of you who wish to enjoy the last vestiges of Oktoberfest (and are over the age of 21), there is an Oktoberfest

Garden serving German food just like you remember it from Munich and a variety of German beers.

Admission to the arboretum is $12 a person, but $10 if you happen to be a member, plus $7 per parked vehicle.  There are usually discounts available throughout the season on the arboretum’s official website such as buy-one-get-one-free Wednesdays.  Although a little pricy, the gardens are so vast, varied and beautiful that it makes the perfect once-a-semester-getaway.  Girls, go with your roommates for a picnic and a photo shoot, and bring a book for the shady spots!  Boys, if you’re on the lookout for something new to do, ask a girl here for the afternoon.  She’s likely to find you quite the romantic.

Photo by Danny Sauer

The Dallas Arboretum is a fun, relaxing and sunny way to spend your day with friends or someone special.  If you miss the autumn festival, then be sure to head over in the springtime for tulips and Texas wildflowers.

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