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P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

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A few years ago, I spent a glorious weekend at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Most of you know P. Allen Smith – he’s a gardening icon here in America: a TV host with 2 long-running shows (Garden Home & Garden to Table), a sought-after garden designer, artist, etc.

But he’s also a generous host at Moss Mountain, his idyllic 600-acre country estate overlooking the Arkansas River.

P.Allen Smith Garden

I was invited, along with 22 other bloggers from around the country, to participate in this 3-day event, called Garden-to-Blog.

The goal of this event was to help bloggers meet industry leaders, discuss new gardening trends, become inspired with new ideas, and to take a step back from what we do day-in and day-out.

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

One of my favorite parts of this vast garden was his vegetable garden.

Entirely organic (the holes in cabbage leaves seem to shout with pride ‘no pesticides here, my friend!‘) this garden is abuzz with life.  

Not to mention filled with scent, color, art, and his personality.

It’s easy to see the designer’s touch added to the vegetable garden.

P.Allen Smith

For example, colorful annuals and perennials that echo the colors of the edibles are planted along the borders.

P.Allen Smith Garden

Yellow and gold violas echo the yellow flowers of the bolting lettuces.

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

A metallic colored ‘cloud’ floats  behind the orange lilies, thanks to the textural foliage of asparagus and bronze fennel.

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

Espaliered fruit trees everywhere, whether dividing the many garden rooms, or adding vertical interest to an otherwise blank wall.

I particularly like the way these fruit trees have been trained to grow up, providing an airy screen that helps protect tender veggies from the hot summer sun.

P.Allen Smith Garden

In this vegetable bed, the kale’s strong form helps it stand out from the surrounding delicate textures.

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

And, of course, P. Allen’s humor is woven throughout.

I could hardly stop myself from reaching down and nibbling the wheelbarrow’s bounty!

 

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

The rooster that proudly sits in the middle of this lettuce bed hints at P. Allen’s love and respect for his poultry.

P.Allen Smith

P. Allen is not only known for gardening, he’s also become a key player in protecting heritage breeds of poultry.

On a tour of his livestock area, I was floored at the sheer number of heritage breeds happily wandering about.

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

It should come as no surprise that he’s the founder and president of The Heritage Poultry Conservancy.

P.Allen Smith Garden

Woven throughout the garden are some of the prettiest gates and structures I’ve seen. 

P. Allen Smith Garden

All custom-made, and all absolutely gorgeous!

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

Including this tuteur with a million-dollar view.

Do you know the difference between tuteurs, obelisks, and trellises? 

If not, click here to see some fantastic examples.

P.Allen Smith Garden

In another area of the garden is this breath-taking entry to the Secret Rose Garden.

We were led to this area, where we were about to be served dinner.

P.Allen Smith Garden

Once I walked through the entrance, I could barely concentrate on the food as the surrounding garden beds were begging to be photographed.

And here’s a fairly recent addition – it’s in this part of the garden where lucky brides can now get married! (for more info.)

P. Allen Smith

All of the buildings on the property are painted black (ie: the vegetable potting shed, the poultry ‘estate’, and this barn.)

It’s in this barn where, the following day, we were treated to a fantastic lunch.

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

Once inside, it looks nothing like a barn!

Isn’t the way he’s incorporated his old espaliered tree forms as art?  I’m not sure how they died, but what a great way to keep them ‘alive’!

 

P. Allen Smith
P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

I could write a whole other post about P. Allen’s unbelievable home, but instead I’ll just share with you the most amazing screened porches I’ve ever seen!

Here’s the view from the garden, looking at 2 separate, long porches.

P. Allen Moss Mountain

I could spend an entire week in this porch without ever having to go inside the house!

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

Note the painted black shutters, which echo the black buildings throughout the property.

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

The view of his property (that’s the Arkansas river in the distance.)

P. Allen Smith Mountain

The breakfast table, complete with flowers picked from his garden.

P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain

And should the urge strike to take a quick bath, well voila!   You’re in luck!

P. Allen Smith

In closing, I thought I’d share with you what P. Allen Smith had to say about the weekend event, which shows what a gracious host he is:

It’s my pleasure to welcome bloggers because I’ve seen the work they do and am continually impressed with the way they merge the physical with the digital, the garden with the blog.

Gardening goes back a long way in my family, and I’ve often felt that it was an art that was dying out through the generations. But these days, the virtual garden has helped revive gardening and green living…partially due to the efforts of people sharing all the benefits of getting out in the garden online...’

P. Allen Smith's Downtown Garden

And finally, if you’d like to see my tour of P. Allen’s first home & garden (where his original TV shows were filmed!) click here.

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  • Thank you so much for the tour of moss mountain farm. I have always wanted to go but being there through your eyes was wonderful. Again, thank you.

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    • You’re so welcome, Marilyn. I haven’t been there in so long I’d love to see it again. It’s a magical place (do you follow P.Allen Smith on instagram? He posts some great videos you might enjoy.)

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  • I so enjoyed seeing your first day at Garden2blog. I was fortunate to go twice, and your first day looks like the first day of the first time I went. I enjoyed traveling about the city with you and seeing Alan’s first home and garden again.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the tour (again) Dee, but boy it would’ve been great if you had been there! Maybe next year the stars will align and we’ll both be invited back! 🙂

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  • Hi, Rebecca — What a wonderful virtual tour, complete with sound effects! Lots of good design ideas, like the fence that repeats the roof of the red-brick house (which isn’t exactly an eyesore, but still, very clever) and grouping pots in a flower bed to get height. Love the whimsy everywhere, too. Like the chairs. And such a green and lovely place! Can’ wait to see Moss Mountain.

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    • I thought you’d like that fence/roof combo, Debra. Isn’t it beautiful? Reminds me of the green color of your table & chairs down in your (former) succulent tapestry garden.

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  • Lucky you!! Thanks for the closest visit I will probably ever get. 😉

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    • Well, you never know, Jeanne! You might just end up there one day (fingers crossed!)

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  • thanks for sharing, Rebecca. Visiting Moss Mountain is on my bucket list. So glad you had a wonderful time.

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    • Well, Lina, I certainly hope you can make it there – my photos don’t do it justice!

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  • Love the tour of the garden home – so many beautiful ideas here. I’ve toured Moss mtn & love it. We had to sign a waiver though, that we would not publish any photographs taken there so I’ve never shared them online.

    I am most surprised though, that you had never had biscuits & gravy before!

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    • How interesting (about the waiver)! We didn’t have to sign anything and if anything, were encouraged to take photos. I guess they’ve realized the plusses of all the publicity, right? Glad you had the chance to visit,as well. It was my first time and was such a thrill. And yep – first time for biscuits & gravy. It was divine, I might add. And even those from the south said it was the best they’d ever had. I guess I’d been waiting for ‘just the right moment’ – ha!

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