Autumn at the Arboretum

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By Natalie Sharp
nsharp@smu.edu

Hello, blog readers!

To start things off, here is a fun fact about myself that most people do not know: I was born and raised in a house on Daniel Avenue here in Dallas, the same street that SMU’s very own sorority row is on! I learned how to ride my bike at Burleson Park, or SMU’s “sorority park,” and took swimming lessons at SMU’s Perkins Natatorium (our indoor pool). Below is a picture of the Natatorium.
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That being said, I have a never-ending list about what I love about Dallas! One of these things is the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum has an event that is currently going on called, “Autumn at the Arboretum.” At this event, visitors can view gourds upon gourds making up a Storybook Pumpkin Village, which includes four houses made entirely of these gourds and pumpkins. Each house depicts a classic pumpkin-themed children’s story. Visitors can aslo take part in a hay-bale maze and see literally thousands of decorative pumpkins and gourds in their pumpkin patch. The Arboretum also offers 150,000-plus plants and flowers which present numerous opportunities for beautiful picture taking or family portraits. Below you will find pictures of this years “Fall at the Arboretum.”

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The Arboretum also offers other fall events, such as the Cool Thursdays Fall Concert Series, which presents talent from the local music groups. Petty Theft is this week’s Concert in the Garden. Tom Petty wrote some of the greatest sing-along’s like ‘Here Comes My Girl’ and ‘Free Fallin’! Tickets do have to be purchased, however, parking is free and you can bring in your own food and drinks.

Another cool things about the Dallas Arboretum is that they have free garden tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11am. The tours are a great way to learn more about the different areas of the gardens. Wednesdays are Buy One Get One Free admission days as well so you can bring a friend!

So, if you ever find yourself in the Dallas area, hopefully visiting SMU will already be on your agenda but, you might think about paying a visit to the Dallas Arboretum, too.

Until next time, Go Mustangs & Beat Navy!

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