Arkansas June 19, 2018
The Secret Garden Hike In Arkansas Will Make You Feel Like You’re In A Fairytale
There’s a tiny place in Fayetteville that takes you away from the busy NWA area to a whimsical garden. The World Peace Wetland Prairie is a community flower garden that let’s you be the main character of your fairy tale. Simply take a moment for yourself to meditate among the lilies or engage in the nature and weed out your frustrations in the flowerbeds. Let’s take a relaxing stroll through this city’s secret garden.
There's a tiny garden hiding in middle of a Fayetteville neighborhood that's well worth the stop.
Unless you're specifically looking for it or live nearby, the World Peace Wetlands Prairie is easy to miss. It's located at 1121 S Duncan Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72701.
The World Peace Wetland Prairie is part community garden, part natural area, and an all around relaxing visit.
The 2.5 acres were bought by the city in 2005.
The area is a preserved remnant of what had been a huge wetland prairie ecosystem.
These little sanctuaries are important to urban areas since the soil and plants are a natural filter to the runoff water that eventually reaches watersheds and drinking reservoirs. They also help prevent flooding to the surrounding neighborhood.
The pleasant area is filled with little touches from rock art to homemade decorations.
The more you poke around, the more you spot.
The gardens change depending on who visited last.
They were a bit woolly when we visited but the mixed wildflower scents were sublime. The gardens are great for anyone with a good book or folks who what to get their hands dirty.
Each side of the garden has unique features.
The western side only has native plants while the eastern side showcases international flora.
A small side path leads to fairy-inspired niche in the garden.
It's the perfect height for younger garden visitors.
After you've strolled around the gardens, there's a small system of trails to hike towards the back of the sanctuary.
The trails are a bit of a bushwhack but are currently being further developed.
The area is open every day but be sure to attend the Earth Day celebrations in April.
The green event has live music, face painting, crafting for kids, butterfly dance, and seed release.
The World Peace Wetlands Prairie may be a work in progress but is still a captivating secret garden.
We're excited to see this garden continue to grow!
Where’s your favorite public garden? Did you know about this particular spot? Share with us in the comments below!
For some more chances to commune with nature, visit this
wetland boardwalk or see all six regions of Arkansas flora along this trail.