Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pumpkin Houses

I recently spent a delightful day strolling the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum.  It is truly one of my favorite spots in the city!

Paths and planting beds throughout the grounds are lined with over 40,000 pumpkins and decorative gourds, during the Great Pumpkin Festival.

There are pumpkins here,


and everywhere!

In some places, the pumpkins and gourds fill the entire planting beds.

In other places, they become the plants! 
Surely you are familiar with pumpkin flowers, aren't you?

But, the main attraction is the Storybook Pumpkin Village!

Four walk-through houses are constructed completely of pumpkins and gourds.

I adored the green window trim on this little house!

Each house was unique,

and truly a work of art!

The Arboretum is not the only place to find delightful pumpkin houses, though!

This adorable little pumpkin house recently arrived by mail.
I am thinking it might actually have a slight advantage over those at the Arboretum.

The roof opens, and a drawer slides out to reveal yummy chocolates!

Nothing better than a day filled with pumpkin houses!


Joan said...

Jan, the pumpkin/gourd creations at the arboretum are fantastic, and your photography equally wonderful! You do know how to feed your soul!
The chocolates are lovely -- how sweet of the giver!

Julia said...

This is just the reminder that I need to go buy my pumpkins! The local Methodist Youth group is selling them. Love those houses. My grands would have a ball seeing those.

Sophia said...

Thanks for the pics of the Arboretum. Very original. And the pumpkin house looks delicious!

Goosegirl said...

Oh that looks so beautiful! I would love to see it. Your photos are wonderful.
And your chocolates look soooo yummy! The little house they arrived in is just precious.

Rettabug said...

What a fantastic place to be able to tour!!! I must tell my brother in TX all about it & send him a link.

BLUE pumpkins??? Who knew!!

Wishing you a belated "Happy Birthday"...I was laid up with diverticulitis & my computer was sick with a virus, too.
I hope this next year will be MUCH better for you, Jan. You deserve a break, Honey!

mega hugs,

Martha said...

That looks like a LOT of pumpkin pie waiting to be made. :) Truly how beautiful and innovative.

Chocolate, makes everything better.

Michie' said...

Just lovely! Thanks for sharing! I am still praying for you daily.

Bridget said...

Jan, what a cute little place. I would love to go there! Those chocolates are the cutest too!


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