Compton Gardens

compton gardens9Our autumn trip last year included a visit to Bentonville, Arkansas.  Yes, the home of Walmart.  It’s actually a very pretty town with a small town feeling and lots of nice, older homes surrounding downtown.  Just a block or so from the center square is Compton Gardens and Conference Center.  It was originally the home of Dr. Neil Compton, a prominent physician who is credited with saving the Buffalo River, which had been threatened with destruction when the US Army Corps of Engineers renewed plans to build dams on the Buffalo River at Gilbert and Lone Rock.  Eventually, it became part of the National Park Service.

After serving in WWII, Dr. Compton returned to his hometown and opened a gynecology and obstetrics practice.

compton gardensaAfter his death, the house was renovated into a conference center.  The six and one half acres surrounding it are a refuge for the local citizens.

compton gardens8Being there in the fall, the trees were the most prominent feature.

compton gardensBut there were a few plants still blooming.

compton gardens1This American Beauty Berry (Callicarpa americana) still had berries but no leaves.  It’s a lovely bush that requires shade and non rocky soil.

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compton gardens3There was no sign providing information about this statue.

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compton gardens7A very serene and calm place to stroll around.

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compton gardenscMost of the trees were unknown to me.

compton gardensdPretty little flower, but I don’t know what it is.

This was very peaceful place to enjoy nature.

“No one has ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.”  unknown

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