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P. Allen Smith Gardens at Moss Mountain Farm

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Not only are the interiors of Moss Mountain Farm, P. Allen Smith’s home in Arkansas (HERE and HERE), warm and inviting, the grounds are simply stunning.  I have a gardening background and my first job out of college was in the lawn and garden industry, so I absolutley adored my tour.  Thank you Tobi Fairley for introducing us to P. Allen Smith!!






Allen has several outbuildings on the property, one being his studio where he paints (can this man do everything?).  The others are used for parties and entertaining, as well as landing spots while touring the grounds.  A great place for a drink and to survey the view of the Arkansas River….can you say LOVE!!??





Allen also loves poultry and is a huge supporter of farm-raised and organic foods and livestock.  He has several chicken houses on the property and a hatching facility too.  He has Silkies and they have the cutest coop/hen house. 



I want chickens now….and not the ones I grew up with.  They were run-of-the-mill bantams.  These are beautiful birds and they have such great personalities.  Maybe I can convince Tobi Fairley to get chickens for her new house and I can live vicariously through her.

Our final stop was the vegetable garden (AKA the staff gardens) and the best part…..the rose garden. 





Can you guess what famous gardens the rose garden was modeled after?  The rose garden was the most recent addition and there are still areas that are planned for planting over the next few seasons.  I LOVED the formality of Allens’ rose gardens and the buildings surrounding them.






Cant you envision a wedding on the grounds of the rose gardens? (Moss Mountain Farm is available for weddings and events)  I hope you have been as inspired as I was by the tour of Moss Mountain Farm.  Which was your favorite?  The house? Allens’ collections? The gardens??  I would love to hear what you think and let me know which famous gardens inspired Allen to create his own rose garden paradise in Arkansas?



P. Allen Smith Part II via the New Mastermind

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Today I am sharing Part II of my posts on P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm.  My last post (HERE) included a tour of the public floors of Moss Mountain Farm and today I will give you a look into P. Allen’s bedrooms, guest rooms and his wonderful collections.


The American Trinity – as fondly referred to by Allen



Allen shows off his antique library ladder that folds into a long pole….genius!!





Allens Antique Tester Bed from New Orleans


The soft lavender guest room which had two full size beds and a desk….so cozy.  Reminds me of my childhood bedroom.



I felt so at ease in his home maybe because he is a collector.  I don’t think you can live and grow up in the South and not have collections.  We all have generations of china, silver, books and chairs (oh the chairs that have been passed down to me) that come with large families and favorite grandchildren (wink wink). 


I loved all of the collections on display and they all gave a view into the very studied and refined tastes of a Southern gentleman.   I can’t wait to share the gardens with you next.  As you know P. Allen Smith is a landscape architect and the grounds of Moss Mountain Farm are AMAZING.  Just wait…..

P. Allen Smith via the New Mastermind

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My time in Little Rock with Tobi Fairley during our Mastermind week included a day trip to Moss Mountain Farm, home of P. Allen Smith.  I have followed P. Allen for over 20 years now when he was on our local PBS station on Saturday mornings.  I love his gentle Southern voice and his intense passion for gardening and livestock.  




Today I am going to give you a view of Allen’s home, Moss Mountain Farm.  Based on Greek Revival Architecture, this new home was constructed to look as if it has been here for years.  If you can just imagine the breeze blowing through the oak trees on the top of the hill, you can imagine how serene and peaceful this location feels.



The entry foyer was ready for Fall when we arrived.  P. Allen shared that he found these great wall sconces in New York where they were salvaged from a hotel. (A little sneak peek here….Jan Showers has a room being shared in her new book “Glamorous Retreats” I am reviewing here on the blog next week, that also features these sconces from New York.  Something tells me P.Allen and Jan were at the same auction!!)



The porches off the rear of the house on both the second and third floors overlook the Arkansas River and offer a respite from the day.  The second story porch serves the main living areas, kitchen and offer outdoor living and dining space.  The third floor houses the sleeping porch….my favorite equipped with a copper tub for outdoor bathing.  The ultimate luxury!







We were served an organic lunch full of farm fresh vegetables and fruits and spent time chatting one-on-one with P. Allen Smith.  He shared everything from his early experience finding Moss Mountain Farm to his branding tips for building a brand that is part of licensing agreements with Lowe’s, eHow any many,many more.


I have so much more to share with you, I will be back next with views of the private floors of the home showcasing the collections of P. Allen Smith at Moss Mountain Farm.  You don’t want to miss it!  Happy Friday!!

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