Gardens are unique creations, reflecting not only the landscape, flora, and climate of their environments but also the heritage, the history, and cultures that made them.
This spring, escape the hustle and bustle of busy life by exploring some of the region’s most beautiful gardens.
Moss Mountain Farm
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
Carved into the side of a bluff overlooking the Arkansas River is a hidden gem. Moss Mountain Farm, which The New York Times hails as a “stunning estate,” is an epicenter for promoting the local food movement, organic gardening and the preservation of heritage poultry breeds. Garden tours are also available for guests who are looking to learn more.
While thousands of miles from the Isle de France, Mr. Smith’s implementation of the Ferme Ornée form at Moss Mountain similarly renders the guest experience as one of leisure, beauty, nature and wonder. Above the rolling hills of the Natural State, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, perennials, annuals, pastures, roses, and ancient trees comprise the landscape surrounding the visitor and are always within touch and view.
This piece of paradise is a template for environmental sensitivity and was conceived from its genesis as an estate beyond the aesthetic.
The Farm is also a living, teaching classroom for responsible gardeners and farmers from around the world. Moss Mountain Farm is home to important conservancies for rare roses and at-risk poultry. By choosing Moss Mountain, you assist us with our important conservation work and support our education programs for children, families, and preservationists.
Garvan Woodland Gardens
HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas, this 210 acre garden offers an impressive display and welcomes spring with true dramatic flair.
Garvan Woodland Gardens is an example of The Natural State at its best: a canopy of pines reaching skyward providing protection for delicate flora and fauna, gentle lapping waves that unfold along the 4 ½ miles of wooded shoreline, and rocky inclines that remind us of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains.
Garvan Woodland Gardens has a spectacular bulb meadow that is famed for its tulips. Guests not only enjoy an environmentally-responsible venue, they also enjoy their time at one of the most unique and picturesque properties in the region.
Named in honor of the Gardens’ benefactress, Verna Cook Garvan, the Garvan Pavilion stands as the centerpiece of the 210-acre botanical garden. The stunning open-air redwood and sandstone structure features a one-of-a-kind, faceted steel and glass ceiling centered around a classical oculus. This traditional ‘window in the ceiling’ serves as the focal point of a flower-like composition unfolding overhead. A wonderful complement to its woodland surroundings.
Wye Mountain Flowers & Berries
Nestled within the mountain valleys of Central Arkansas is a relaxing oasis filled with diverse plant life.
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries is a picturesque 18 acre farm that produces nearly 40 different varieties of annual and perennial flowers including zinnias, daffodils, sunflowers, and lilies.
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks features 12 themed gardens & Arkansas’ only butterfly house, with landscaped grounds where four seasons of native flora and fauna thrive. Check the calendar for events including free summer concerts, the popular Firefly Fling family festival, cocktail parties, adult classes, Little Sprouts educational programs & more!
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks regularly hosts education programs including workshops, classes, and lectures for adults in horticulture, conservation, and other topics of interest to gardeners of all skill levels and others who admire the beauty and science of the natural world.
Photo Courtesy of Jo Johnson Photography
Regularly voted the “Best Place to Get Married” in Northwest Arkansas, the garden is a unique and enchanting venue for events of all kinds.