There are endless examples of gorgeous, scenic natural beauty around Arkansas. These gardens are visited and known very well for their exquisite flora and photogenic landscaping when the season is just right. Take a good look at these beautiful gardens of the Natural State and bring a camera to capture a memory for yourself!
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12. Ozark Folk Center State Park Garden
Dedicated to preserving the Ozark heritage and sharing it in an entertaining way, this state park keeps the crafts, music, and herblore of the Ozarks alive. Gardens include the Heritage Herb Garden, a Kitchen Garden (used by the Skillet Restaurant), native plants around a spring, waterfall and pond feature, the Folk Kids' Mountain Garden (showcasing classic children's literature), a Dye and Fiber Garden (used by the textile artists), plus heirloom vegetables, and fruit trees. Essential oil plants and Mediterranean Herbs complete the story of the herbs important to the Ozarks.
11. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
A unique destination in Northwest Arkansas that draws 80,000 visitors a year, The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is a collection of twelve themed gardens and includes the region’s only butterfly house. The Klingaman Arboretum is being developed next to the Garden.
10. The State Capitol Rose Garden
The beautiful, stately grounds of the Arkansas state capitol building contain two lovely rose gardens including an All-America Rose Selections accredited rose garden. The state capitol displays over 1,500 rose bushes.
9. Fort Smith Officer's Wives Garden
The Fort Smith National Historic Site features an award winning re-creation of a 1860's Officer's Wives Garden showcasing 1860s plants and seeds along with gardening techniques.
8. Garvan Woodland Gardens
Hundreds of rare trees and shrubs, including magnolias and over 100 different kinds of azaleas have been planted in this exquisitely beautiful garden. The Border of Old Roses, a Japanese garden (with Japanese maples and tree peonies), makes this spectacular setting even more scenic. Located at 550 Arkridge Road in Hot Springs, visitors arrive to the gardens by crossing Lake Hamilton aboard restored riverboat the Belle of Hot Springs.
7. Compton Gardens
Compton Gardens, located at 312 North Main Street in Bentonville, showcases over six acres of walking trails, prairie, and indigenous woodland plants, at the former home of Dr. Compton, a noted physician and author known as "savior of the Buffalo River" and founding member of the Ozark Society.
6. Historic Arkansas Museum Garden
Five historic structures are located at 200 East Third Street in Little Rock, including Arkansas oldest building, the Hinterleiter Grog Shop. These buildings display a restoration of Arkansas frontier days. Outside the Woodruff Printshop the Arkansas Chapter of the Herb Society of America maintains a medicinal herb garden that features native and imported plants used by settlers and native Americans for healing.
5. Little Rock Zoo Butterfly Garden
Not only can you see a diverse variety of mammals and reptiles at the Little Rock Zoo, but the historic facility also features a fantastic butterfly garden for zoo patrons to enjoy. The Little Rock Zoo is located at 1 Zoo Drive in Little Rock near War Memorial Stadium.
4. Mountain Valley Spring Water Company Garden
The historic restored Mountain Valley Spring Water building houses the popular bottled water company's headquarters in Hot Springs National Park as well as hydroponic gardens that demonstrate the ability to grow plants in the company's natural spring water without soil. The Mountain Valley Spring Water Company is located at 150 Central Avenue in Hot Springs.
3. Peel House Historical Garden
The gorgeous grounds of this 1875 Italianate Mansion - located at 400 S. Walton Boulevard in Bentonville - are blessed with scenic gardens that serve as an outdoor museum of historic plants native to Arkansas as well as roses and perennials.
2. The South Arkansas Arboretum
This 13-acre arboretum is operated by The South Arkansas Community College. The Arboretum showcases plants indigenous to Arkansas's Gulf Coastal Plain region as well as other exotic species, including camellias and flowering azaleas. The arboretum is located at 501 Timberlane in El Dorado.
1. Blue Spring Heritage Center Gardens
Located 5 miles west of the Victorian village of Eureka Springs, this gorgeous botanical garden surrounds a deep natural spring. The location features 33 acres of lovely woodland, meadow, hillside, and rock settings.
Plan a trip next spring or summer to visit these gorgeous green gardens! Whether you’re a horticultural expert or just a nature lover you’ll have a great time strolling the grounds and enjoying the view.