The Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Village and Chihuly Glass Exhibit

Last week I took a trip to the Dallas Arboretum and spent the day sporting a gaping mouth and a camera glued to my face. I can’t remember the last time I visited the arboretum but I am certain that I never appreciated its beauty until now. From the second I passed through the entrance I was surrounded by pumpkins in shapes, sizes, and colors I never knew existed. They were everywhere I looked, lining the pathways, piled around bales of hay, and placed in adorable stacks of three. The pumpkin village made me so giddy that I added “house made of pumpkins” to my list of dream homes. It was pure autumn magic! 
The Chihuly glass exhibit was just as enchanting. The glass sculptures were placed throughout the arboretum, popping up in unexpected places like ponds and hidden gardens. I couldn’t stop taking pictures! I kept apologizing each time I stopped to snap a photo (a terrible habit of mine!) until I was bluntly told by my mom, “Stop apologizing! Take as many pictures as you want! It’s all so beautiful.” Clearly I took her advice because I came home with over 300 pictures on my camera. 

Talk about an escape! I am so glad I was able to experience the arboretum this season. Hopefully I can visit again and see it all decorated for the holidays!

Have you ever been to the arboretum? Do you have a garden like this near where you live?

  1. Angie Bailey says:

    Oh my Goddess… This is absolutely magickal. What a truly beautiful and inviting place, I could be there all day long! I’m not sure if we have one near us… Now I must find out!

  2. Ana says:

    What a beautiful place!! I love pumpkins and I saw the Chihuly traveling exhibit while it was at the MFA in Boston. Chihuly + pumpkins = amazing!

  3. Kelsey says:

    WOW! I’ve been to the arboretum in Asheville, NC but it was nothing like this! I also went in the dead of winter, so I’m not sure I was supposed to expect much. Beautiful, though!

  4. Mia says:

    That looks so beautiful, I´ve never seen something like this before.

  5. Ellyn says:

    we have been twice in the spring and always say we are going to go back in the fall. Seeing your beautiful pictures now I know we must fit it in somehow! between college visits and other crazy commitments I don’t know when we will go but I am putting it on my list!

  6. We have an arboretum in Asheville and it’s quite beautiful too but those exhibits are just dreamy. I’ve never been to Dallas, but if I ever make it there I definitely won’t miss the arboretum :)

  7. Wow! This is like a fairytale! Autumn is hands down the best time of year for beauty and comfort (it beats that texas heat!). Thanks for sharing! I ‘ll have to take a look when I visit Texas this November!


  8. This is so incredible! I hope I get to visit someday! Thank you so much for sharing. Also, good luck on your pumpkin house, I know it will be fantastic!

    Smiles and all the best,

  9. Renée says:

    oh my! That glass work is so stunning!

  10. Kathryn says:

    Love seeing Chihuly in natural spaces. I saw the Chihuly exhibit at the Phoenix botanical gardens a few years ago and was amazed.

  11. Oh my God, this is absolutely beautiful. It looks magical! I’m sooo jealous haha.

  12. Kati says:

    Wow, these pumpkin houses are awesome! Wish we had something like that here in London!

  13. ariadne says:

    What wonderful pictures!I love Chihully!AriadnefromGreece!

  14. Laura says:

    It’s sooo nice!! And your pictures are lovely!

  15. that pumpin village is amazing! one of the first dates me and the mister went on was to see a chihuly exhibit— so glad you got to go to something so wonderful!

  16. What an amazing place. Beautiful photos too.

  17. Wow! Beautiful beautiful photos, no wonder you were snap happy! I have never been anywhere like this but hope there is somewhere close by that I can go and visit :)
    Lianne x

  18. elisesophie says:

    I just have to say wow! These photos are lovely, but the real thing must have been amazing! That glass exhibit looks so nice, with all those bright colours. Kind of keeping a hold on summer for a bit longer. I wish I could go, but I’m afraid I’m all the way across the Atlantic. Oh well!

  19. vintage grey says:

    Such a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing such pretty photos! xo Heather

  20. Ashley Fears says:

    I was the exactly the same way when I saw the Chihuly exhibit in Boston, I made my friends go twice just so I could get more pictures! I would have loved to see it outdoors though, it looks lovely!

  21. Cho says:

    Pumpkin houses is cute, the Chihuly glass Exhibit looks amazing! Lovely photos!

  22. Alessandra says:

    everything is so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing all that!!!
    xxx Alessandra

  23. Jenn says:

    this place looks so amazing, makes me wish I lived a lot closer to Dallas!

  24. Sarah Dee says:

    This is so cool!

    xoxo missdottidee.blogspot.com

  25. That is SO COOL! I love those pumpkin buildings so much! And the Chihuly Glass Exhibit looks so pretty! There’s a huge exhibit of his work where I live and I’m always in awe when I see his glass work! Too bad there aren’t any pumpkin houses there :( Haha, sounds like you had the perfect fall day!

    -Jessica (Sew In Love)

  26. Emily Spada says:

    Well guess what’s now on my bucket list…

    I actually have an arboretum down the road from me! Meredith, these photos are beautiful.

  27. nihal says:

    Oh very beautiful place and colors! Love the glass balls inside the boat.

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  28. It looks SO magical! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures with us.

  29. The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite places! I’ve only been twice but it’s so beautiful! The first time was a Texas exhibit and the second was a fairy tale exhibit! I’ve been dying to go in the fall! You photos are gorgeous! That glass display is amazing!

  30. Natalie says:

    Oh wow, what beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing, this place looks gorgeous and so much fun! The pumpkin houses are too cute!


  31. Emily says:

    Wow, what a beautiful place! I’m glad you took lots of pictures!

  32. Dichohecho says:

    Oooh. So many pumpkins!
    The glass sculpture that’s blue & yellow and on legs looks like the one in the entrance of the V&A museum in London: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2001/jul/16/arts.highereducation
    Near where I live there’s an arboretum but it really is just trees. It has a lot of Japanese maples which look spectacular at this time of year.

  33. Lesley says:

    Look at all the pumpkins!! I love it!

  34. Beautiful! When I lived in Seattle, I saw a lot of Dale Chihuly’s work around town but I missed his big new exhibit at the Seattle Center before I moved. Maybe I’ll have to make a trip down to Dallas and catch some of his work there :)

  35. ColibriNB says:

    Wow ! All that glass is amazing. Love your pictures – thanks for sharing them !

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