Thousands of pumpkins, gourds, and squashes are sprouting in the Texas Panhandle this summer and will soon be making their way to Dallas for Autumn at the Arboretum, a national fall festival, presented by Rogers-O’Brien Construction.
Named one of “the best pumpkin picking experiences in the country” by Trip Advisor and “One of The World’s 15 Most Breathtaking Gardens” by Architectural Digest, the Dallas Arboretum’s festival highlights “The Adventures in Neverland,”featuring scenes from the beloved book, Peter and Wendy, Sept. 22 to Nov. 21.
For the 13th year, Autumn at the Arboretum named one of the “Best Fall Festivals” by Country Living Magazine, includes the nationally-acclaimed Pumpkin Village featuring pumpkin houses and creative displays incorporating more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, squash, cornstalks, and a hay bale maze.
“Known for amazing and creative displays, our 50-member horticulture team is creating an amazing Pumpkin Village display where more than 250,000 people will visit during Autumn at the Arboretum,” said Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum’s vice president of gardens.
Themed “The Adventures in Neverland,” the Pumpkin Village takes guests on a journey through Neverland in the Pecan Grove.
The Pumpkin Village begins in London at the house of the Darlings where Wendy and her brothers are dreaming of pirates and fairies. Other major stops include the Lost Boys hideout where Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys talk about never growing up.
A pirate ship sails the seas of gourds and pumpkins in Pecan Grove where Captain Hook keeps his eye to the sky as his never-ending hunt for Peter continues. Tick-Tock, the Crocodile, waits patiently among the pumpkins for another opportunity to attack. A visit to Neverland would not be complete without a stop by Tinker Bell’s home where she does all of her tinkerings.