Moss Mountain Farm and the House that P Allen Smith Built

May 31, 2013

I recently traveled to Arkansas to visit Moss Mountain Farm, the home of P Allen Smith and the set for his television shows that include the Garden Home and Garden to Table. A group of two dozen garden writers and eight business sponsors gathered together with P Allen and staff for a few days of tours, presentations, networking, and fun filled activities.

Heading into the trip I wasn’t sure what to expect but I left Moss Mountain Farm impressed with the operations and grateful to have received the invitation to attend the Garden2Blog event. This was my first time setting foot within the state of Arkansas and I immediately took notice of the lush, beautiful countryside, and a climate that is very favorable for agriculture.

The Man and Vision Behind Moss Mountain Farm

P Allen Smith himself served as our host, tour guide, expert lecturer, historian, and head of the entertainment committee. In other words he was very generous with his time and accessible to all of us! Allen is personable, approachable, down-to-earth, and could not have been any more hospitable to our group of garden bloggers.

He expressed his concern over the current generations who have not experienced the knowledge related to the “Hand Arts” such as gardening, crafts, food preservation, and cooking being passed down to them.

P Allen acknowledged a revival of interest in these skills and the need for individuals to share the traditional knowledge. Moss Mountain Farm was created to represent hospitality and to demonstrate the “good practices” of agriculture, food preparation, animal husbandry, and sustainability. All of this and more was in evidence during our time on the farm!

P Allen Smith

Perfect Spot to Mark the Beginning of a Tour or a Farm

Our visit to Moss Mountain Farm began as we gathered underneath of a huge oak tree that is over 300 years old and served as one of the anchors that P Allen Smith used when he planned the layout of the farm and its facilities. The more you look the clearer it becomes that much thought, attention to detail, and care goes into everything at Moss Mountain.

Pin Oak Tree

The Gathering Place

Modern Home or Classic Farmhouse

The farm house may look just as old as that stately oak tree, but it was actually constructed less than five years ago, is designed to reflect the historic culture of the region, and includes modern conveniences along with its charm. The home and other new structures on the farm employ the latest in green construction technologies while maintaining a retro look and feel.

The Farm House

Presidential Welcome

Rear of Farm House

Enjoying Priceless Views and Endless Landscapes

The vision and foresight of Moss Mountain Farm is reflected in everything from the smallest details of the furnishings, to the overall sight lines where there is not a bad view from any window of the house! P Allen also has many stories to offer up related to the history and circumstances surrounding the artwork of his collections and creations.

The Side View

River View

View from Rear Porch

A Garden Full of Colorful Roses

Outside the farm house there are assorted gardens that incorporate foliage, color, forms, and sculptures to greet you at every turn. As you tour the grounds there is always an air of suspense and surprise as one garden room opens up to yet another that you have no expectation of. Here are a few pics from a colorful garden to the side of the house.

Roses

The Rose Garden

View from Rose Garden

Terraces, Espalier Fruits, and Water Gardens

There are abundant terraced gardens, fruit orchards, meadows of daffodils, water gardens and pastures spread over the 600 plus acres of land that is cut by the Arkansas River and framed with rolling hills that make Moss Mountain Farm a perfect retreat or location to stage an event.

Terraced Garden

Espaliered Fruit Trees

Laguna Pond

Checking Out the Moss Mountain Farm Vegetable Garden

Of course I wanted to explore P Allen Smith’s vegetable gardens and was excited to learn of his work with heirloom varieties, trial gardens, and organic gardening practices. The edible gardens at Moss Mountain Farm contain a large assortment of vegetables, herbs, stone fruits, and berries.

Veggie Garden

Swiss Chard

Farm Garden

Happy Hour: P Allen Smith Style

And I have to give props to P Allen for his expertise at creatively staging an event… for example, what began as a leisurely tour through the vegetable gardens, wound into a happy hour. As the veggie garden tour ended we caught the faint sound of music in the background and followed it down a path to discover a secluded “garden room” all set with live entertainment and refreshments!

Only Way to End a Tour

A Surprise Reception

The Happy Hour

Taking a Trip through Poultryville

We also hiked over to Poultryville, the area of the farm where P Allen Smith raises a variety of heritage poultry breeds that include rare chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and even swans. His interest in poultry goes back to his childhood and that passion for feathered fowls has led to the establishment of the Heritage Poultry Conservancy.

Feathered Friend

Heritage Poultry

Su with a Silkie

I’ll have more Garden2Blog event experiences to share with you next week, but for now I’ll just say that if you ever have an opportunity to tour or attend an event at P Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm I’m sure that you will enjoy the hospitality and have a great visit!





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  • http://www.tagawaycritic.com Kelly Yamauchi

    Wow! That’s a wonderful experience. I wish I could also visit P Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm. BTW, you have great photos. Thanks for sharing! :-D

  • Kenny Point

    Thanks Kelly and actually you can visit Moss Mountain, they offer special events and tours if you are ever in the area.

  • Joy Smith

    Wow, wonderful visit you had there! Good for you, but now I bet you’re back to pulling up some weeds!

  • Kenny Point

    Joy, it was a great visit and I am still trying to get things caught up out in the garden since my return from Moss Mountain Farm.

  • http://prosventreviewer.com/ Julia Yohe

    Great photos you have there, Kenny! I love the rose garden. It’s really beautiful! BTW, about the last photo in this post, is that pretty lady holding a duck? It looks like a swan to me.

  • Kenny Point

    Thanks Julia, that is actually a Silkie chicken that Su is holding. They are rare, ornamental, and pretty cuddly with a fluffy plumage that seems fur-like and feels silky.

  • http://curechronicpain.org/ Dominick Lanting

    This is a great trip, Kenny. Is this a one day tour? I showed this post to my wife and she is also interested. Anyway, I hope it’s not expensive because I’m planning to bring our kids.

  • http://prosventreviewer.com/ Ralph Blunk

    It’s very unfortunate that I’ve never heard about this great place when I went to Arkansas last January. I’ve missed all the fun! I wish I can visit that wonderful farm! ;-)

  • http://www.topialandscaping.co.uk/ Aaron

    This is what can be truly termed as ‘labor of love’. P Allen indeed is a magic man, who created a beautiful paradise out of nothing. Can not wait to visit this place at the earliest!

  • http://www.flexsealreviewer.com Kat Bradshore

    Moss Mountain Farm is really amazing! I’ve been there with my family and we had so much fun there taking pictures of everything. It’s a good summer destination for those who have passion for gardening.

  • http://intenseworkout.net/ Noemi Bostrom

    Great photos, Kenny! The trip to Poultryville is my obsession. My family used to have a farm a long time ago before my dad passed away. We had poultry when I was a child.

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    Oh, that’s a beautiful experience you had there! Would love to come and visit the place one day as well. Lovely photos! Nice share!

  • http://www.snoreguardreviews.com Lenny Polley

    I love the photos! I wish I can also visit that classic house. I love the view from above. It’s really amazing! You could see the beauty of the whole farm.

  • http://howtocompostresource.com Matt Sullivan

    Kenny,

    Thanks so much for sharing your adventure. My family and I are just starting a family min-farm. It is a lot of fun…and work. Lots of work! I enjoyed seeing the different types of chickens. We have chickens and they are so amazing to watch.

    God Bless,

    Matt Sullivan

  • http://www.flirtandworkout.com Lily Parkes

    The rose garden looks so beautiful. I would like to go there. I’m sure my husband will like that place.

  • http://humbleseed.com Jesse @ Humble Seed

    We love P Allen Smith and watch him all the time on PBS. What a wonderful opportunity to meet one another! I was especially intrigued by his comment about how he wishes this current generation were more interested in gardening. I’m hoping that with more awareness about GMO and non-organic produce, young people will start gardening more to keep their families safe and their bodies healthy. I’ve seen many young ones (even teenagers!) understand the positives of growing your own food. What do you think?

  • http://gardendrum.com/ catherine

    I read recently that the demise of gardening as a ‘hand art’ started with the WW2 generation – although they had worked in their parents vegetable gardens as kids, in the 1950s once refrigeration became common and then frozen vegetables came along, they were relieved never to have to rely on home gardening for fresh food again. So the Baby Boomers then missed out on essential gardening education and then GenX and GenY…..such a shame but great to see concerted efforts to bring it back as something everyone realizes they need to know.

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