Pity poor zucchini. Like its squash cousin, the pumpkin, it's a fairly useless fruit that grows large and abundantly. They're watery and bland, and the gardeners who grow them always wind up with more than they can eat--just like the pumpkin. But Charles Schulz didn't create The Great Zucchini, did he? No. And the Dallas Arboretum's fall celebration, The Great Pumpkin Festival
, includes displays of more than 20,000 pumpkins and gourds, but we bet there's not a zucchini in the lot. Anti-Italian squashism, that's what that is. But hey, let's not spoil your fun: Head out to the Arboretum Saturday through November 2 and celebrate the privileged pumpkin. See more than 5,000 fall chrysanthemums, a hay-bale maze, a 15-foot pumpkin house and an art fair, footrace, live music and games on the fest's opening weekend. Enjoy your oh-so-special pumpkin-carving contest, you bigots. The Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit dallasarboretum.org
for more details.
Sept. 20-Nov. 2, 2008