A Stroll Through Pumpkin Village

Fall has come to the Arboretum! Personally, I cannot wait for the weather around me to change so that it matches the lovely colors and feel of the arboretum. They already have their fall exhibit up; Pumpkin Village. This and the Chihuly exhibit have totally made the membership price worth it. I love being able to wake up and decide spur of the moment that I feel like walking around the lush gardens at the arboretum.

The bestie, Chelle, visited this weekend and with her newly inspired passion for film photography we (of course) needed to go take pictures of the stunning Chihuly glass sculptures. We were rewarded with a surprise when we arrived; the pumpkin houses were up! Containing excitement when we started out walk through the park I let Michelle capture all the images she wanted to get till we could make it around to Pumpkin Village.

I am still in awe of Chihuly’s work. The sheer amount of work that goes into one of those sculptures is just…well, more work than I do in a day to be certain. I think it would be utterly fascinating to study under Chihuly and make work inspired by him.

Several months back, Andrew and I got our engagement photographs done at the arboretum and that was when I was introduced to his work. I’ve been back several times to capture images of his work. The contrast of glass sculptures against the vibrant colors of nature lend the work a surreal feel. I almost expect dryads, elves, and fairy folke to come dancing out among the fronds of leaves and flower petals.

You can check out more of my photographs of his work HERE on my Flickr, or my Lomo Home.

I think I walk away with so many different images each time I visit the arboretum. Each experience shows me something new. The large grassy areas beg for a picnic and I plan to oblige as it gets a little cooler. While Michelle eagerly snapped up photographs of Chihuly’s work, I attempted to capture the park again through new eyes.

The year-round sculptures are just as romantic and beautiful as Chihuly’s work. Sometimes I like to pretend that I own the luxurious house on the grounds and that this place is my vast garden. I imagine what it would be like to be able to walk about this place every day, watching it change with the seasons, cultivating each section with love, and play at marrying the colors of multitudes of different plants into pleasing arrangements. It would be a blissful way to live.

When we finally made it around to the Pumpkin Village I was not disappointed  It was simply fantastic. I felt like a little kid, strolling the streets of Pumpkin Village; part resident, part tourist. I love living in a world where whimsy and magic exist. And Pumpkin Village (which I fondly renamed to Pumpkinville) is a place where both reside. Adult and child alike wandered around with awe and broad smiles, each enjoying the place in their own way. Michelle and I couldn’t stop talking about how much effort must have gone into putting everything together.

I was delighted to no end by the littlest details. Pumpkin garland, pumpkin chandeliers, pumpkin ponds with pumpkin “swans”, and even pumpkin faces guarding pumpkin arches.

There are so many different types of squash out there! I was blown away by the vast collection of different types they used in Pumpkinville. They even had a small section where they labeled the more exotic types:

Not to mention the volume of pumpkins and gourds that filled that small section of the park! It was insane how many were used to make the houses alone. They even had a small patch where you could purchase a pumpkin. It reminded Michelle and me of the pumpkin patch we came across in one of our trips to Tulia. It was just a large patch of farm land that had been planted with all types of pumpkins and they had a sign stating that we could buy them (on the honor system) and listed the prices. Michelle and I snagged two small ones and faithfully paid the requested amount. They lasted quite a long time before they eventually wasted (her’s imploded) away. It was a fun little adventure, though, searching through a sea of orange and yellow squashes for that perfect one.

I want to go back and take Andrew. I think he would get a kick out of the whole set up. And after seeing how much work goes into the events and displays at the Arboretum I am looking forward to their holiday set up even more.

I highly recommend, if you live in the DFW area, checking out Pumpkin Village at the Dallas Arboretum. Even if you don’t have a membership it is worth the day fee to get in. Especially if you have kids.

I am looking forward to comfy hats, fluffy scarves, and plush knit sweaters. What is everyone looking forward to this fall? Pumpkin Chai lattes? Pumpkin pie? Family dinners and the changing of colors? I’ll take them all.


  1. Michelle says:

    It’s such an awesome exhibit! And, yeah, definitely go back up there now that it’s cooler too! 🙂 I love all the pictures you got!

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I’m looking forward to the cooler weather and going back up there for more picture fun! If you can visit in December maybe we can fit in a visit to see whatever they have up for the winter.

  2. Kat says:

    So cool! I can’t wait to go back!