We were treated to wonderful demonstrations, educational sessions, and garden tours over a day and a half. It was a really exciting experience focused around gardening, preservation, and people. Our three garden tours demonstrated the design principles that Allen mentions in all design discussions. The gardens ranged from that of a small home cottage, to a large flowing farmstead.
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
Completed in 1950, the mansion appears simple and clean in the Georgian Colonial style. A tornado ran through the backyard some years ago which provided an opportunity for new construction projects and landscaping. The 8 acres of property have majestic Southern magnolias, a showy Fringe tree, a cut rose garden, herb garden, formal garden and a large vegetable garden. Local Master Gardeners maintain the vegetable garden, and the National Herb Society maintains the herb garden. The first lady of Arkansas, Ginger Beebe, works with a main gardener who coordinates all of the volunteers and help.
We made a quick stop at Allen’s Gaines Street city home. The yard is an incredible grouping of mini garden 'rooms'. Each area divided by a combination of greenery and structures that made each area a finished piece unto itself. Containers finished off all of the areas.
This was the most representative of a typical home on the tour. A small house, with a small yard in a residential location with plants that pull the double-duties of visual separation and texture.
Moss Mountain Farm
This 650-acre farm is the epitome of attention to detail. They use natural, local materials whenever possible. The entire property is visually arranged such that the rooms in the house visually flow into the gardens, blurring the lines between inside and out. Each of the gardens follow the principles of design making the terrace gardens, orchard, vegetable garden, and rosegarden splendid places for education and entertainment.
Interested in the other bloggers who attended? Check out their blogs below. There are many good stories and loads of good information.
- P. Allen Smith of www.pallensmith.com
- Steve Asbell of The Rainforest Garden
- Carolyn Binder of Cowlick Cottage Farm
- Teresa Byington of The Garden Diary
- Mallory Colliflower with HGTV Gardens
- Lynn Coulter of The Home Depot Garden Club’s The Good Seed column
- Rhonda Fleming Hayes of The Garden Buzz
- Amy James of Our Everyday Dinners
- Diane LaSauce of Home Garden Life
- Laura Mathews of Punk Rock Gardens
- Kerry Michaels with About.com
- Mary Ann Newcomer with Gardens of the Wild Wild West
- Teresa O’Connor of Seasonal Wisdom
- Jenny Peterson of J. Peterson Garden Design
- Kenny Point of Veggie Gardening Tips
- Carri Stokes of Read Between the Limes
- Chris Tidrick of From the Soil
- Chris VanCleave of Redneck Rosarian
- Robin Ripley Wedewer with Bumblebee
- Barbara Wise of bwisegardening
In May 2013, I was invited to attend the Garden2Blog Event by P. Allen Smith and Associates/Hortus, Ltd. They provided my lodging and meals. Any opinions expressed on this blog are my own. I was not asked to blog, tweet, or post on Facebook about any of it.