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Just a short drive outside Little Rock, Arkansas, sits P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm, overlooking the beautiful Arkansas River Valley. Moss Mountain Farm is filled with all sorts of beautiful wonders, from the Garden Home to all of the beautiful flowers, gardens, and animals that reside there.
Last week, I was fortunate to visit Moss Mountain Farm with a group of Arkansas bloggers; we'd been invited to tour the farm, as well as learn more about AR 529 College Savings Plans. If you haven't heard of this savings program, I highly encourage you to check it out, especially if you're worried over how you're going to save for your kids' college future.
The Garden Tour at Moss Mountain Farm
Our tour included P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, and I'll share about that soon; but right now, I really just want to take you on a little tour of some of his gardens. Moss Mountain Farm is all about 3 things…. inspiration, education, and conservation. Don't you just love that?
When we arrived, what stood out the most to me was the simple beauty of this farm. A house and barn stood proud on the crest of the hill, the focal point of the hill being a beautiful tree right in front of the house. Walking closer to the house, I began to notice all the pops of color in surrounding flower beds. A dinner bell tolled when it was time to meet; that familiar toll reminded me so much of time spent at summer camp back in the day. As we walked around the side of the house, there were more and more flowers. The back of the house had two levels of screened in porches; can't you just imagine sitting there enjoying the warm summer breeze as you read a book? Two cottages, much like small guest houses, sat on either side of the large Garden Home. As you looked out over the surrounding landscape, the Arkansas River Valley was in full view…. such a gorgeous view!
We began to meander the paths through the Terrace Gardens, making our way through this Garden Home Retreat. The flowers and fruit trees we encountered along the way were amazing. My soul was honestly mesmerized by all the beautiful colors. Looking through the gardens, it was easy to glimpse different views of the Garden Home. Annuals, perennials, roses, various shrubs and fruit trees…. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.
Ornamental pieces of decor added to the beauty and charm of these gardens. And along the way, we spotted a small chicken coop, beautiful in and of itself.
As we moved on, past the pond where two swans swam near the banks, it began to rain, so I didn't get to take many more photos…. Though I couldn't help but grab a few photos of the beautiful One-Acre Garden, where veggies and berries and who knows what else grew. You would not believe the size of the cabbages, amazing!
We made our way back, through the slow and steady rain, to a delicious lunch, filled with fresh delights from P. Allen's Smith's cookbook. I can almost taste the deliciousness of those beautiful red raspberries….
Details for Your Visit to P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm
Moss Mountain Farm is a place that every gardener, every child, every animal lover, every history buff…. anyone who loves life should visit at least once in their lifetime. It's just a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of life. It's a beautiful step back in time, so to say.
If the forecast is calling for rain, I highly recommend a pair of boots and an umbrella. You'll meet some lovely chickens (Heritage Poultry), if you're fortunate; and you may even see the resident sheep, donkeys, horses, and dogs. A gift shop holds all sorts of souvenirs, and if your heart desires, you can grab a copy of P. Allen Smith's latest cookbook, signed and all.
Tickets for the Open House Tour are $90; group tours are also available. Moss Mountain Farm is also available to host private events and weddings. For more, you can find P. Allen Smith on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.