By Linda Smith
Now, I know what some of you are thinking, especially if you are from another state: there is no fall in Texas. Record heat stays until the end of December most of the time, leaving fall, winter and about half of spring out of the equation. Leaves do not turn beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow, but rather stay green and then die suddenly in the winter. Those of you who say this are absolutely right, though, because Texas is lacking a typical fall. Nevertheless, it is my favorite season because Texas still makes it work. What it lacks in the typical fall, it makes up for in Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, salted caramel mochas, orange clothing with brown boots, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
On any other day, the Arboretum would be the Arboretum: affluence nestled in and disguised by nature, creating a clever ruse that still brings people in droves to its splendid location. During the fall, pumpkins line the walkways, stand out over flowers and become their own spectacle. A friend and I waltzed into Pumpkin Village, deciding between ourselves to be co-mayors of the beautiful spectacle before us. Families with small children were in the element, as the children ran in mazes, admired gourds of all kinds and posed next to pumpkin houses for their parents. The pumpkins lining the walkways complemented the flowers and proved to embrace the season perfectly.
The Pumpkin Village is located at the Pecan Grove garden, with special children’s events Mondays and Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the website. Live music will be performed this weekend, Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For more adult-oriented activities, Harvest Tea happens weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an Oktoberfest Garten is open daily 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and until Oct. 30, Cool Thursdays Concerts will continue. Every show except Brave Combo’s performance on Oct. 9 is sold out.
“Autumn at the Arboretum” will continue through Nov. 26. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $15, with buy one get one free admission on Wednesdays, and parking is $10. There are many reasons to visit the Arboretum in the fall, from gawking at adorable children in Halloween outfits and buying gourds for your roommates, to walking alongside nature at its finest and taking in a special kind of fall.