Visiting P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home – with the gardening guru himself – was one of my favorite pinch-me-I’m-dreaming moments recently. I still can’t believe that I did it!
Touring P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm (otherwise known as his Garden Home) is possible! Did you know that? Here’s how to do it and what to expect during a visit to the farm and a lunch on the Arkansas property:
First of all, P. Allen Smith – for those of you who don’t watch PBS or network morning shows or haven’t seen his books or merchandise in stores – is a garden designer who blurs the lines between outdoor gardening and indoor living. He is masterful at what he does, and I have been watching him for years. P. Allen Smith is also very sustainability-minded, which is why I like him even more. A recent feature on his TV program was building a sustainable and green cottage for under $150,000. He’s a champion of heritage chicken breeds. He crafts recipes and home décor ideas straight from the garden.
He makes eco-friendly living chic and modern, with a respect and appreciation towards the past. He just makes me smile.
Which is probably why I embarrassed myself during our visit by fawning all over him, and wanting to be right there beside him during a tour of everything on his Moss Mountain Property that I had come to know and love through his PBS television shows. Maybe he didn’t think I was crazy, but I was having a serious star struck moment touring P. Allen Smith’s home with the owner himself.
Let’s point this out first, though. Yes, tours of Moss Mountain Farm are possible for the public. And yes, chances are good that you’ll meet P. Allen Smith during lunch and have him autograph a book (I have mine!) if he’s in town. However, you likely wont’ be experiencing a private tour of his house with the man who owns it. This was a special media event that I enjoyed as a member of Society of American Travel Writers and it was an excursion during a conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.
So my video below shows some rare footage of following P. Allen Smith through his home, having him talk about the inspiration for décor and design, watching him play with the heritage chicken breeds on the farm, and eating a meal with as much produce as possible picked straight from his garden:
It was a hot, hot, hot day in summer in Arkansas, and we were all feeling more than a little wilted, but P. Allen Smith NEVER lost his cool or his southern charm.
My hair in the picture below shows how humid it was that day! But at least I have an autographed book from P. Allen Smith himself, and did a little shopping in his gift shop featuring local goods. (You really should check out his books!)
Here’s more pictures of the inside of P. Allen Smith’s personal home (yes, he DOES stay there when he’s in town) and his rambling gardens which have a feel of a really elegant resort.
What do you think so far?
These views are amazing!
Do you watch P. Allen Smith’s shows or read his books? Would you want to visit?