Idyllically situated on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the city’s most highly-rated outdoor attractions. For members and frequent visitors, autumn visits to the 66-acre garden are at least as highly anticipated as spring visits. This is because, in addition to being home to numerous deciduous trees whose leaves change colors brilliantly at this time of year, the Dallas Arboretum assembles creative and enticing displays and hosts unforgettable events. As part of the facility’s “Autumn at the Arboretum,” you can see and experience the following exciting attractions and events.
Harvest Tea at the Arboretum
From now through November 27th, you can enjoy tea and treats in the grand and historic DeGolyer Estate. With a spot of soup, tea sandwiches, and scones, the experience has the air of a traditional British tea sitting. The scenery and atmosphere, however, are distinctly Dallas. Tea times are 11 AM and 2 PM, Monday through Friday, and include entrance to the Dallas Arboretum’s enchanting autumn displays. You can reserve space online or on the phone.
The Dallas Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village is no exception to the common adage that everything is bigger in Texas. More than 50,000 gourds are incorporated into the display, which features large ginger-bread style houses that were assembled using pumpkins and squash rather than ginger bread and the impressive Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch. Because the Dallas Arboretum seeks to educate the community about the flora that can be found in the area, an interactive scavenger hunt has been prepared that helps participants identify more than 15 different types of fall gourd.
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum was opened in September of this year, and promises to be one of the most exciting and educational points of interest that a child in Dallas can visit. The 8-acre, 2 million project features more than a dozen indoor/outdoor galleries in which children can learn all about the earth sciences. The Rory Meyers Angel Fund, established upon the project’s unveiling, will help fund transportation and entrance costs so that children from low-income families can enjoy the educational and natural wonders that await them in the Rory Meyer Children’s Adventure Garden.
Are you itching for a taste of fall? If so, leave your Dallas apartment behind and head to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden for a few hours. You’ll love it, and the kids will too. There are few ways to Live Life + Love Life the way you can by appreciating Mother Nature’s seasonal changes in a well-cared for setting like the Dallas Arboretum.