Even famous garden personalities are not immune to this constant experimentation. Last Friday I had the pleasure of visiting Moss Mountain Farm, the home of P. Allen Smith, near Little Rock, AR.
|View from the visitor parking area|
It was a perfectly beautiful day. We arrived around 10:00 and had an hour to wander around on our own before the tour started at 11:00. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
|Entrance to the vegetable garden|
|One of the herb beds|
|Notice all the raised beds?|
|Vegetables, fruits, berries|
|Rose garden view|
|Side view of the house. The small building is Allen's painting studio.|
|A view to the Arkansas River. The apple orchard is by the river and|
there is a separate stone fruit orchard.
|Espaliered pears! There's lots of espalier here - a big space saver.|
|A pretty color combination in the "brights" border|
|The "brights" border - reds, yellows, oranges. On the other|
side of that far gate is the "pastel" border - blues, whites, pinks.
|In progress: this arbor was first planted with grapes (too hard to prune)|
then with Baseball Bat Gourds (dangerous) and now they're trying
small ornamental gourds.
|This fig is over 80 years old and was moved from another location on the|
farm. It's very happy.
|This Post Oak is over 350 years old. It was struck by lightning a couple|
of years ago and now has cable throughout for reinforcement
as well as a lightning rod!
|We got to tour the house, too. This is the fab kitchen.|
|Who wouldn't get a good night's sleep on this screened sleeping porch?|
|We had a delicious lunch in the barn.|
There are turkeys, too! In fact, Allen is building a new barn called Poultryville to house all of the different birds. The barn will open on Saturday, September 21 with an all-day workshop on raising poultry. Sounds like another road trip!
I picked up some neat items in the giftshop, including Allen's new cookbook (which he autographed!), a great birdhouse, strawberry jelly (really jam), and a dozen fresh eggs.
|Sunday morning breakfast!|
I'd love to go back in the spring - maybe we can get a group together then?