VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF PUMPKINS as presented by the Dallas Arboretum’s Bugtopia

The Dallas Arboretum also had a huge display of different varieties of pumpkins. There are 45 different varieties. A single pumpkin plant can produce between two – five pumpkins. Miniature pumpkin varieties can produce up to twelve pumpkins. The most popular pumpkins are the classic orange, miniature, warty, white, blue and pie pumpkins. The roundish and ribbed skinned mammoth gold are most commonly used for jack-o-lanterns. For cooking, you want to use sugar pumpkins (also called pie or sweet pumpkins), which are small and round. Sugar pumpkins, especially, are perfect for pies because they are not as stringy and contain less water than other pumpkins . Long island cheese pumpkins are also good to eat. Pumpkins have about 50 calories, 1.8 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.7 grams of dietary fiber per cup. But beware : although pumpkins, squashes, and gourds (including zucchinis or cucumbers) are edible they can sometimes cause a condition called cucurbit poisoning. All the cucurbits contain Cucurbitacin E that protects them from insects but it can be toxic at high concentration. Plants with a high concentration of cucurbitacin are extremely and unpleasantly bitter. So if take a bite of one of these foods, and it tastes bad – spit it out. Even just a couple bites can make you very sick. This can happen especially with volunteer plants of these kinds. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!!


Along with pumpkins galore and oversized bugs, Autumn at the Arboretum, continues to spread joy with beautiful blooming gardens everywhere! I was further delighted to see so many varieties of flowering plants three and four feet tall, where as, in my home state of Missouri, I was accustomed to seeing these same plants one foot tall at the most! Another aspect about what I loved about the Arboretum was that I could curiously venture down paved paths with no clue of what was to come, yet to see surprising and tranquil settings unfold in front of me. While exploring the 66 acres, time and time again I would happen upon koi ponds, fountains, statues, rippling creeks beds and waterfalls. Most offered shaded benches just for the sitting and absorbing the beauty and nature that surrounds me. Quiet places that mends the soul. Gentle reminders to be grateful. Never underestimate what is ahead of you. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!


FANTASIC 2021 PUMPKIN VILLAGE at the Dallas, Texas Arboretum !!

My favorite time of year is pumpkins!!
So naturally I had to attend the Autumn at the Arboretum celebration in Dallas, Texas. It is a nationally acclaimed popular seasonal attraction, now in its 16th year. Bugtopia is this year’s theme. 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash were used to create the scenes in the Pumpkin Village and also to compliment the blooming flowers throughout the 66 acre gardens. It was absolutely incredible and I have never seen anything else like it before!! Hoped you enjoyed!! Thanks for reading!!

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