From themed gardens to native woodland plants and historic springs, Northwest Arkansas’ heritage and display gardens preserve and add to the already stunning natural beauty of the Ozarks.
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks – Fayetteville
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks features 12 themed gardens on six beautifully cultivated acres, a horticulture center and the region’s only Butterfly House – as well as numerous educational programs, concerts and other special events. BGO’s annual (and extremely popular!) Firefly Fling event on July 15 is an outdoor nature adventure for all ages, with glowing games after dark and performances on the Great Lawn. Open everyday from 9am to 5pm for garden tours. Visit bgozarks.org for more info.
Compton Gardens – Bentonville
Compton Gardens is a 6.5-acre area developed into an Ozark native garden that has quickly become a regional destination. Once the home of Dr. Neil Compton, its onsite Conference Center includes an exhibit room of chronological events significant to the life of Compton, the noted physician, writer and photographer who also founded the Ozark Society and most notably led the campaign to save the country’s first national river, the Buffalo. The annual Neil Compton Celebration on August 5 is free and open to the public. The garden is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk. Visit peelcompton.org for more info.
The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens were built in 1875 by Colonel Samuel West Peel. This magnificent house is a wonderful example of the Italianate Villa Style, while the Heritage Gardens serve as a living, growing representation of the late 19th century period. Tours offered Tuesday thru Saturday, 10am to 3pm. Visit peelcompton.org for more info.
Blue Spring Heritage Center – Eureka Springs
Connect with the natural beauty of the native gardens on display at Blue Springs Heritage Center in Eureka Springs. Visit the historic bluff shelter, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk on ground that nurtured the Cherokee people during the Trail of Tears. And, see the power and wonder of Blue Spring that pours 38 million gallons of cold, clear water each day into its trout-filled lagoon. Open daily mid-March through mid-November, 9am to 6pm. Visit bluespringheritage.com for more info.