Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Did you know that the “pumpkin” in that can of pureed pumpkin you use to make pies is most likely not the real-deal orange jack-o’-lantern thing but another variety of better-tasting, less stringy squash like butternut or acorn? (If you’ve ever been tempted to make a pie using a fresh pumpkin, take our advice and don’t. We tried it one Thanksgiving. Blech.) Which raises the questions: What is pumpkin good for, and why do farmers grow so many of them? To get an answer, visit Autumn at the Arboretum, the annual pumpkin-centric celebration named one of the nation’s best pumpkin festivals by Fodor’s Travel, starting Saturday. See its pumpkin village, where pumpkins and squashes of all sorts are used to construct huts and lavish displays. Come to think of it, that fresh pumpkin pie we made did taste a bit like construction material — Spackle and fiber board. Autumn at the Arboretum runs through Nov. 22. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays, when it’s open until 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, with discounts for seniors and kids, plus additional fees for parking. Visit dallasarboretum.org for more information.
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