We took a short trip up through Western Arkansas to explore three gardens. In early April the chances of seeing a plethora of spring flowers is unlikely. However, we look forward to what blooms there are, perhaps some early bulbs. I share some photos with little commentary. I add links for a full description of each garden.
Our first stop is Fayetteville at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks. At about forty acres the stroll begins through the large iron gate to the cement path that circumvents a large grassy mall. We chose to follow the path counter-clockwise past the small creek. The redbuds bloomed in their gorgeous pink with various greenery at the bases. The circular cement walkway features several side paths leading to twelve themed mini-gardens.
In Bentonville we visited The Garden at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. We have visited the museum during the winter, so this is our spring foray. It rained intermittently, but we found time to stroll around the 120 acres enjoying the beautifully landscaped grounds.
Our final stop brought us to Garvan Woodland Gardens just outside of Hot Springs. At 210 acres it contains hundreds of shrubs, trees, bulbs, plants, and 160 varieties of azaleas. We were fortunate that many were in bloom.
Planning a bit further into the summer might show us a different variety of full blooms to enjoy. Since gardens are, in fact, seasonal, that sounds like another reason for a return trip.