Last week I had the pleasure of attending Garden2Grow at P. Allen Smith’s farm in Arkansas, Moss Mountain Farm, with a group of diverse social media influencers. The event, which was organized by Allen and his team, provided us the with opportunity to discuss how we can grow connections through creative and social content, and Moss Mountain Farm provided the dramatic backdrop for those conversations. While we spent two days touring the different areas of the farm from the legendary Poultryville to the vegetable garden, I found the twilight hour of our last day the most empowering at capturing farm’s beauty.
There is something magical about the lighting at the twilight hour in the garden, the plants seem to glow. Also helps that the other Garden2Grow attendees were sipping cocktails and I had the gardens to myself. The image above is one of my favorites I took that night.
In addition to the gardens, another highlight of the event was the stories woven through our guided tours by P. Allen. With my only previous exposure to P. Allen from his books and TV shows, I enjoyed how his personal stories brought additional life to the garden and home. He is an amazing storyteller (and not to mention quite funny), and you can see how he allowed Moss Mountain to continue tell that story with the details incorporated into the house, gardens and animals on the farm. Allen was a tremendous host and I hope I have an opportunity to visit with him again in the future.
The gardens surrounding the house were divided by elevation, structures, hedges and gates to create different rooms. This helped create different vistas in the garden and guide you from space to space.
Hedges throughout the property help provide mystery to what is around the next corner or force you to engage within the immediate space.
Another favorite space that included hedges, fence and structure. My favorite juxtaposition of this elevated design moment is 180 degrees behind you is a wild path overlooking a pond below.
Outside of being a passionate landscape designer and tv most Allen’s passion also lies in heritage bread poultry. “Poultryville’ is his palatial poultry playground where he and his staff and preserving the genetics strains of birds that might otherwise be lost over the next few years. You can hear the passion in his voice when he speaks on the topic.
I really enjoyed my time at Moss Mountain Farm with the team from P. Allen Smith, Garden2Grow influencers and the sponsors of the whole event. I wish I could have spent a bit more time in Little Rock explore the amazing food and drink scene!
SPONSORED: My trip to Moss Mountain Farm for the Garden2Grow event was paid for by the following sponsors.
- Gardeners Edge
- Bonnie Plants
- Crescent Garden
- Good Dirt
- Home Grown Seed Collection and Sun Patiens
- Jobe’s Organics
- Stargazer Barn
- Westrock Coffee Company