In October we visited The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Their website states that it is 44 acres in size. But only 4 acres are in cultivation. So, by large city botanical gardens standards, it’s small. Therefore, less time is needed to stroll through it.
Near the entrance on one side were small garden plots planted and maintained by garden clubs and individuals. This one has three different colors of Gomphrena – purple, lavender, and white. Not sure what the orange/yellow flowers are.
These plots were not quite as manicured as the main gardens. Keep promising myself that I’m going to get some Cosmos seeds. Maybe this spring.
Cosmos is an annual that has tall stems and reseeds well.
Label titles this Garden King and notes that it’s constructed from found metals.
Hyacinth Bean Vine is an annual, so seeds must be saved. Another wish plant for me. This tends to be a pass-a-long plant, meaning that friends share seeds.
Like the lime green Stone Crop ground cover.
The path to the right bisects the main gardens. Another paved pathway forms a circle around this garden area. Around the perimeter of the entire cultivated area, a dirt path forms the outer edges of the garden.
Neon bright Gomphrena creates a bold entrance to the main garden.
Interesting combination of Coleus and Cockscomb (Celosia cristata). Both are annuals. Coleus can be overwintered inside. It will become straggly, so in spring, cut the stems and root in water for fresh plants. Seeds from Cockscomb can be harvested.
I thought this was a Candlabra bush, but the leaves aren’t like others that I’ve seen.
My favorite park of the gardens were all the bronze statues of children at play.
The next post will feature more of these statues.
“Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.”