Get a taste for pumpkin thanks to Chandler Lindsley

Image: Top left: Barbara Kutz, Barbara Brooks (cookbook co-chair) and

Chandler Lindsley (cookbook co-chair)

Chandler Lindsley knows just how to make fall festive: Add a few pumpkins, a dash of autumnal beauty and a tablespoon of giving. At least, that’s the recipe for her latest cookbook.

Lindsley knows her way around the pumpkin patch, having inspired the cookbook Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Recipes, which celebrates fall’s bounty—and tastiness—with pumpkin-themed recipes compiled (and tested) by Lindsley. As the granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Lindsley also knows a bit about giving, as she donated the Shadow Garden to the Arboretum in honor of her husband, Henry Dickinson Lindsley III.

By way of recipes, Lindsley believes the recipe for homemade pumpkin ice cream that came from her sister-in-law JoAnne Roosevelt is the “simplest recipe and the best” featured in the book. Another favorite is The Mystery Pumpkin Soup, a recipe from Joan McIlyar, which will warm your family’s tummies and will have them asking about the secret ingredient. And while butter isn’t exactly a secret ingredient when it comes to cakes, the half-pound of butter in Ginny Eulich’s Pumpkin “Yum” Cake yields a scrumptious result.

After your belly is full of pumpkin-filled goodness, head to Autumn at the Arboretum, taking place through November 26, where you can stroll, take pictures and picnic amid 65,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash in the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village. If you’ve reached your pumpkin quota, there are 150,000 fall flowers in full bloom to enliven your fall festivities.

Whether you go to Autumn at the Arboretum for the pumpkins, chrysanthemums, scavenger hunts or hay bale maze, do make sure to stop by the Hoffman Family Gift Store to get a copy of the Chandler Lindsley-inspired Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Festival Recipes. All proceeds from the book, which sells for $4.95, go toward the care, maintenance and growth of the Arboretum. From October 24 through November 2, the Hoffman Family Gift Store will also be participating in Partners Card discounts.

Autumn at the Arboretum Named Dallas’ Best Pumpkin Patch

The Arboretum is gorgeous every season of the year, but there’s just something special about fall. That’s when the grounds are home to 65,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash; 150,000 blooming fall flowers; and a neighborhood of fantastical storybook houses. During our annual Autumn at the Arboretum celebration, you can experience our many seasonal wonders, including the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, live concerts and much more, through November 26.

Bring your little ones to our beloved Pumpkin Village, named Dallas’ Best Pumpkin Patch by DFW Child, where you can walk through storybook houses depicting popular fairytales, get lost in a maze made up of 1,350 bales of hay, see Cinderella’s Carriage and tour the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch, complete with 30 kinds of pumpkins. The display, which takes three weeks to build out, also includes 15 types of squash and 8 gourd varieties.

Did you know that you can purchase a pumpkin for carving in the Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch? Pumpkins are on sale in the Hoffman Family Gift Store, as well as in the Pumpkin Patch in Pecan Grove (and can be purchased at the kiosk across the Paseo).

Pumpkin prices
Small gourds – $2
Mini pumpkins – $2
Small pumpkins – $3
Medium pumpkins – $7
Large pumpkins – $9

Also, don’t forget to pick up the Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Cookbook from the Hoffman Family Gift Store or order it online now. If all of this doesn’t convince you to stop by the Arboretum this fall, here are a few more facts for good measure:

  • 184,514 attended Autumn at the Arboretum in 2013
  • 48 workers decorated the garden for this year’s event
  • 18,360 volunteer hours were logged during the 2013 Autumn at the Arboretum
  • 285 ears of corn are used in the display this year

Purchase your tickets to the garden today!