Autumn at the Arboretum is Dallas' Favorite Fall Tradition

Named One of "the 16 Most Beautiful Public Gardens to Visit in the Fall," by House Beautiful

Through November 23, 2016

Made possible by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments

As our fall festival continues, a spectacular show of color unfolds with 4,500 of fall's favorite flower-Chrysanthemums, along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants, our internationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village and the most outstanding Children’s Adventure Garden in the world. Don’t miss this amazing festival and be sure to bring your camera. It is breathtaking color at every turn. This year’s event will highlight the “Art of the Pumpkin."

Experience the Visual Beauty of Autumn at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum’s Nationally Acclaimed Pumpkin Village

Sponsored by Baylor Scott and White Medical Center at White Rock

Daily through November 23, 9:00 5:00 p.m.

For the 11th year, Autumn at the Arboretum will include the popular one-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, featuring artful arrangements of thousands of pumpkins, gourds, squash, bales of hay and cornstalks. They are used together to create the imaginative pumpkin houses that represent naturally occurring patterns in nature to mirror the “Art of the Pumpkin” theme along with Cinderella’s “Pumpkin” Carriage, courtesy of Baylor Scott & White at White Rock. Set amidst the 150,000 fall blooms such as chrysanthemums, ornamental grasses, copper plants and firebush.

The popular Haybale Maze and the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch offers mini pumpkins for purchase. Don't forget to pick up the Great Pumpkin Search Scavenger Hunt at the Information Booth. The autumn is the perfect time of year for a picnic in the gardens or a leisurely walk among the breathtaking fall floral displays.

A myriad of activities take place throughout the garden on weekdays and weekends during Autumn at the Arboretum.


In the Words of the Great Contributors

November 1-14 from 10 & 10:30 a.m. and 1 & 1:30 p.m.

During this election season, spending a day in the garden is a day well spent. da Don’t miss the last month of the Great Contributors on display at the Arboretum. (Scroll to the bottom of this page for the full list of which Great Contributors will come to life on which days.) Join us for the following special readings by local news personalities.

  • Friday, November 11 – 11:00 a.m - Jason Wheeler of WFAA, reading Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

Alisha Laventure of WFAA, reading Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

Roger Emrich of KRLD, reading George Washington's "Farewell Address in 1796"

November is the last month to purchase the work of Gary Lee Price in the Hoffman Family Gift Store before they return to Utah.

Lecture, Q&A, and Book Signing with Adrian Tinniswood, Author of The Long Weekend: Life in the English Country House, 1918-1939

Saturday, November 19, from 10-1030am(lecture), Rosine Hall

Join a free lecture from 10am-10:30am in Rosine Hall, followed by a change to meet and get your book signed by British historian Adrian Tinniswood, author of the best-selling The Long Weekend. Books will be available for purchase.

Texas Gourd Association DEMOS

Thursday November 10 & 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Full Grounds)

Enjoy demos done by the Texas Gourd Association and learn more about what happens to our gourds after Autumn

Presidential Selfies

November 8, all Day - Children's Adventure Garden Entry Plaza

Take your pic with the president using fun props to celebrate voting day.

Autumn Floral Arranging Demo

November 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (DeGolyer Pergola)

Learn from three amazing demonstrations by Cynthia Koogler, owner of Flower Child Plants. She will be performaing the following demos and answering questions:

  • Succulent Pumpkin (20-25 min)
  • Planting in a pie pumpkin (15-20 min)
  • Euro Basket (10-20 min)

Autumn Trade Days

November 9-22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vendors will set up pop-up displays throughout the garden to sell their goods and provide live demonstrations.

  • Wednesday 11/9 from 12-2pm: Family Craft Activity - Leaf Foxes
  • Wednesday 11/9 from 2-4pm: Adult Craft - Tree Cookie Welcome Sign
  • Thursday 11/10 from 12-2pm: Adult Craft - Fall Centerpieces
  • Thursday 11/10 from 2-4pm: Adult Craft - Fall Trees
  • Friday 11/11 from 12-2pm: Adult Craft - Dryer Vent Pumpkins
  • Wednesday 11/16 from 12-2pm: Family Craft - Pine Cone
  • Wednesday 11/16 from 2-4pm: Adult Craft - Pine Cone
  • Wednesday 11/30from 12-4pm: Family Craft Table

Kimberly-Clark Mommy & Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark

Mondays & Tuesdays through November 22, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. (Pecan Grove)

For moms, grandparents, caregivers and their children, these special days include a petting zoo, face painting and Kindermusik.

Live Music

Saturdays & Sundays 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of music as you stroll through the garden.
11/12 & 11/13 – John Lefler Duo
11/19 & 11/20 – Zach Coffey

Patriotic Music for Picnics

Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring a picnic and enjoy 100 traditional patriotic music favorites, featuring classics such as The Stars and Stripes Forever on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.


DeGolyer House Tours

Mondays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Degolyer House)

Visit us in the DeGolyer House for a tour of this beautiful, historically preserved home.

Great Contributors Tour

Tuesdays, through November 15, 10:00 a.m.

Beginning at the Ginsburg Plaza, take a tour through the gardens, visiting the statues of each Great Contributor. Get behind-the-scenes scoop about the contributors and their lives, and don’t forget take a selfie while sitting on a bench with your favorite.

Ask a Master Gardener

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.

Look for the blue vests available in various gardens indicating Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Dallas County Master Gardeners.

They can questions you might have about ours or your own garden.

Sculpture Garden Tours

Thursdays through November 17, 10:00 a.m.

Beginning at the Ginsburg Plaza, enjoy a docent-led tour through the gardens stopping at several of our beautiful sculptures, and learn the history of how it became part of the Dallas Arboretum.

In the Garden with Dave

Fridays, 1:00 p.m.

Join the Vice President of Gardens every Friday in various gardens for a special discussion of some of the most beloved areas of the garden.

Book Readings with Delbert the Dragon and His Book Club

Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. through November 27

Join us for special story time with Gary Lee Price’s newest bronze statue, Delbert the Dragon. Published authors and special guests will be joining him for readings in the Pecan Grove.

November 12

Elaine Curtis, author of Zosie the Zebra

November 19

Polly Holyoke, author of The Neptune Project

November 26

Judy Lowe, author of An Almost Very Scary Day and The Little White Light

Gift Store Events

Select days, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a number of unique events in the Hoffman Family Gift Store this season, including book signings, trunk shows, and more.

November 19

Meet and get your book signed by British historian Adrian Tinniswood, author of the best-selling The Long Weekend.

November 26

Meet and get your book signed by Rose-Mary Rumbley, author of Dear Santa, Thanks for the Piano.

December 3

Join us for a trunk show by Lynda Jameson Jenglein of Silver Linens Jewelry.

Featured Dining

Oktoberfest Beer Garten

Daily 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Cafe on the Green)

Celebrate autumn with mittagessen (that’s lunch, in German) at Café on the Green, serving a traditional German menu until Thanksgiving.

Harvest Tea

Mondays – Fridays through November 23, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Restaurant DeGolyer Tea service begins with a demitasse of seasonal soup, followed by a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a third course of sweet treats. Price includes general garden admission, and reservations are required. Seated Tea is available to guests 13 and older at a cost of $49 per person and $59 per person for the delectable champagne tea. Private tea service and teas for more than eight people are also available upon request. Contact 214-515-6511 or

See other dining options on the seasonal dining page.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Daily Events

Plant Lab: Liquid of Life

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m. (Exploration Center Plant Lab)

Join us as we study an amazing liquid that we normally don’t take time to think about, water. We are going to explore some of the properties of water that make life on Earth possible. Come do some hands on experiments that demonstrate how wonderful water really is.

See the full list of Children's Adventure Garden events here.

Featured Discounts

$1 off General Garden Admission

Presented by Tom Thumb

Through November 23

$1 off general garden admission tickets available at local Tom Thumb Stores.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays

Through November 23

Buy one, get one free admission for general admission only. Limit one per customer.

Discount also valid Nature Nights. Available at Ticket Booth only.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

Through November 17

$11 General admission and 20% discount in Hoffman Family Gift Store.

Military Mondays Discount

November 7 - December 19

Free daytime general admission for all active and retired military personnel. Present valid military ID.

Veterans Day Discount

November 11

Free general admission for veterans, active duty and first responders. Offer available on site at the ticket booth with valid ID.

Speakers Bureau

For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share about Autumn at the Arboretum or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at


Autumn at the Arboretum made possible by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments.

Additional sponsors include:

BB&T Wealth Management

C. C. Young
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate
Mutual of Omaha Bank

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at White Rock

Tom Thumb

Jaguar Land Rover Dallas

In the Words of Great Contributors Speaking Schedule

November 9 10:00 Mark Twain "Witty and Humorous Quotes"
1:00 Abraham Lincoln "Gettysburg Address"
November 10 10:00 Albert Einstein "Genius in his own words - famous Einstein quotes"
1:00 George Washington "Farewell Address in 1796"
November 11 11:00 Abraham Lincoln "Gettysburg Address"
1:00 George Washington "Farewell Address in 1796"
November 12 10:00 William Shakespeare "Sonnets"
1:00 Abraham Lincoln "Gettysburg Address"
November 13 10:00 George Washington "Farewell Address in 1796"
1:00 Mark Twain "Witty and Humorous Quotes"
November 14 10:00 George Washington "Farewell Address in 1796"
1:00 Abraham Lincoln "Gettysburg Address"

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