'Black Dog'Shonka Sabe (Black Dog). Chief of the Hunkah division of the Osage tribe

“We lead people by their hearts, not their minds.”

                                                                        ~ Gordon Tredgold

Allen Posing with a Distinguished Statue in the Park
Allen Posing with a Distinguished Turkey Statue in the Park

Who is P. Allen Smith?

He’s an award-winning garden expert, author, engaging story-teller and television host that will capture your heart

P. Allen Smith Rose Garden
P. Allen Smith Rose Garden

A Winning Team

Each year Allen and his formidable team lead by dynamo Mimi San Pedro invite garden writers to his Moss Mountain Farm in Arkansas to exchange ideas with each other and share the beauty of Arkansas with the world. Last year and next week we will be guests at The Capitol Hotel in Little Rock Arkansas. I’ve listed via Listly all the writers who are attending below. You can click like or add writers if you know they are going and I may have missed someone.

The winning Team P. Allen Smith and Mimi San Pedro
The Winning Team | Allen and Mimi San Pedro
Mary Ellen Pyle #G2B15
Mary Ellen Pyle | with Allen for over 20 years and a lovely task master! #G2B15

The Gardens

Last year we met a couple in the hotel that had traveled from Dubai to have their wedding in the Moss Mountain Rose Garden. The Wedding Planner was Renown Moss Mountain Weddings James Sumpter. Upon my first view of the rose garden I could understand why this couple would travel from around the world to have their wedding here.

Gardens at P. Allen Smith
Gardens at P. Allen Smith

I Wonder What Allen’s First Thoughts

were when he walked into the natural vortex, that draws you down a gentle sloping path forming a natural circular little valley along the Arkansas River. Was it, “And here I will build my rose garden, and they will come from far away lands to see it.” The Moss Mountain Rose Garden is designed within that natural circular valley. As I walked along the path to the rose garden I felt drawn into its beauty as if an unseen magical force was beckoning me into the ethereal depths. I learned from Allen to think on a grand scale when I saw his rose garden. I reminds me of Versailles.

Is That Your Grandmother?!

'Black Dog'Shonka Sabe (Black Dog). Chief of the Hunkah division of the Osage tribe
‘Black Dog’ Shonka Sabe (Black Dog). Chief of the Hunkah division of the Osage tribe as the painting hangs on P. Allen Smith’s dining room wall

Allen’s sense of humor is the most endearing of all his amazing talents. Dry and witty he keeps his guests entertained. Charming as ever he captivated us all with this story. Allen explained when he invites groups to his home inevitably they will be taken on the tour of his private Moss Mountain Farm residence. A student of human nature he explained he likes to catch side conversations. In the tradition of farmhouses of 100 years ago Allen has a parlor off to the right as you enter the residence. Straight ahead into the dining area is a life size painting of the famous Osage Indian Chief Shonka Sabe (Black Dog), Chief of the Hunkah division of the Osage tribe. Painted in 1834 by George Catlin known to be over 6 feet tall in full Indian regalia even carrying a rather large tomahawk. While taking the the group on tour Allen listened as the group rounded the corner and an obviously highly observant guest saw the impressive grand painting and said “I wonder if that’s Allen’s grandmother?” Allen quick witted as ever, replied with that raspy way of his holding back a little laugh,  “Not unless my grandmother carried a tomahawk!”

Stay Tuned For Allen’s Story of Taking His Pair Of Swans To New York City! New York City???!!! Yes! #G2B15 The Story Is Told for Posterity!

Edwin, Allen's prize Rooster
Edwin, Allen’s prize Rooster in the Chicken Palace

Who Is P. Allen Smith? A Master Story Teller!

P. Allen Smith Telling the Story of His Swans
P. Allen Smith Telling the Story of How His Swans Killed Each Other and Made A Debut in An Art Display in New York City and on the Front Page of the New York Times Arts Section

Visit Moss Mountain Farm And Find Out

If you haven’t made your summer plans I highly recommend going to visit Moss Mountain Farm and Little Rock Arkansas. And if you are planning a wedding this setting is idyllic.  Please watch next week for my posts about the #ARStory. I am delighted that garden delight herself, Julie Thompson Adolf and I of Garden Delights have been ask to take a road trip by the Arkansas Tourism Bureau and tell you about their beautiful state.

Star Roses and Plants Knock-Out® Roses in Bloom
Star Roses and Plants Knock-Out® Roses in Bloom

List of Garden 2 Blog Attendees 2015

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G2B 2015

May 04, 2015 - redneckrosarian.wordpress.com - 86
The Redneck Rosarian

Cultivating Life & Roses

May 04, 2015 - thegardendiary.com - 88
The Garden Diary

Meet a self-proclaimed ROSE NUT, my rose friend, Baldo Villegas. . . Baldo is a leading expert for the ARS on rose insects and diseases. Before his retirement in 2011, Baldo was the state entomologist for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

May 04, 2015 - gagasgarden.com - 94
Gaga's Garden®

Susan Fox, author is a consulting rosarian, award winning photographer and event planner that speaks, grows, and shows roses and gardens. Founder of Gaga’s Garden®, and author of Four Seasons of Roses 2014 Monthly Guide to Rose Care Ms. Fox was recently awarded the American Rose Society's (ARS) Presidential Citation "for Promoting the Rose and Rose Education Via Social Media.” This and other acknowledgments in the gardening community has firmly established Susan as one of the most highly regarded rosarians and gardeners in the industry with a special talent for promoting garden related products, people or events via social media and content marketing. The Website at www.gagasgarden.com features a sample of Gaga's Garden® content and story telling graphics that keep readers coming back for more!

May 04, 2015 - juliesgardendelights.com - 101
Garden Delights

Hello! I'm Julie, grower of all things organic, including three kids. I'm a Master Gardener, heirloom specialist, owner of Garden Delights, and lover of all things garden and nature-related. I write the blog Garden Delights, a chronicle of growing gardens, growing green, growing locavores, growing kids, and growing one day at a time.

May 04, 2015 - containergardening.about.com - 91
Container Gardening Ideas, Advice, Tips, Pictures and Designs

How to grow beautiful, creative container gardens almost anywhere. From beginners to experts, find container gardening information, ideas, pictures and designs.

May 04, 2015 - theyarden.com - 86
The Yarden - Spreading the edible garden word!

LaManda Joy wants to teach everyone she meets to grow their own food... seriously.

May 04, 2015 - thegardenrockstar.com - 100
Michael Nolan, The Garden Rockstar | The Garden Rockstar LLC

Michael Nolan, The Garden Rockstar™ is a writer, speaker and noted authority on gardening, food security, homesteading & environmental issues. He is a published author and former editor at The Home Depot Garden Club. Michael Nolan loves gardening. He's been doing it longer than he has been able to walk.

May 04, 2015 - twowomenandahoe.com - 85
Two Women and A Hoe

1hoe/'ho/n: one who lives life with grace, dignity, passion and compassion abundantly inspired by the gift of breath. Landscape & Garden Consultations Indoor/Outdoor Sustainable Landscape Design & Installation Green Garden Maintenance, Restoration & Seasonal Pruning Seasonal Container Plantings Rain Gardens Garden Lighting Walks, Walls & Patios Natural Water Features Holiday Decorating A comforting place to...

May 04, 2015 - gardenbetty.com - 91
Garden Betty

I love the rain. And one of the reasons I love the rain is because at some point during the day, when there's a break in the clouds and we have a brief moment of stillness, I run out to the yard for a quick round of weeding.


Jerusalem Greer

May 04, 2015
Jerusalem Greer
May 04, 2015 - theparkwife.com - 97
The Park Wife

My Life....Just a Walk in the Park

May 04, 2015 - gardenlady.com - 74
Gardenlady.com Home " gardenlady.com

C.L. Fornari is a master gardener, speaker, writer, radio talk show host and gardening consultant

May 04, 2015 - bwisegardening.blogspot.com - 85

When I returned home from my momma's funeral, I was determined not to leave any of the beautiful plantings that were given to honor her. This meant a 5.5 hour drive in something that looked like a mobile terrarium. But I am not alone in my plant obsession.

May 04, 2015 - brenhaas.com - 74
Creative Living and Growing with BrenHaas

Everyday Gardener in USDA Hardiness Zone 5b * Photo Addict * Gardener * Foodie * Administrator of #gardenchat * Google Hangouts Garden Chatter too!

May 04, 2015 - whereplantsrock.wordpress.com - 87

Going into fall and winter meals tend to get a little more rich and little less health conscious. I am finding myself going through recipes and adapting things. Recently, I found myself looking at a classic dish and how it's made.

May 04, 2015 - cowlickcottagefarm.com - 99
Cowlick Cottage Farm | Carolyn Binder

Latest Gardening (all) Cooking and Recipes (all) Getaways (all)

May 04, 2015 - networkedblogs.com - 90
Read Between the Limes | NetworkedBlogs by Ninua

Starting seeds can become expensive if you're the type of person to grow and share seedlings with others. There are several ways to cut corners on those costs by reusing items that would have otherwise been thrown in the trash or recycle bin to get ...

May 04, 2015 - oureverydaydinners.com - 82
Our Everyday Dinners
May 04, 2015 - personalgardencoach.wordpress.com - 88
Personal Garden Coach

The Motivational Gardener at Large

May 04, 2015 - fromthesoil.blogspot.com - 98
From the Soil

It's easy to blame the world. It's easy to feel sorry for myself. It's easy to be selfish. It's easy to let life happen. My goal is for 2015 to be hard -- because I have owned my choices, practiced sincere gratitude, put others first in my thoughts and actions, and, most importantly, created my life with my own strong, dirty, blistered hands.

May 04, 2015 - dianelasauce.wordpress.com - 89
home, garden, life

And to think I nearly missed time in this garden. At the last moment schedules aligned which allowed access and time to explore. As the nearby town bustles, this serene property rests and provides sanctuary for its owners/stewards.

May 04, 2015 - jpetersongardendesign.com - 99
J Peterson Garden Design - Garden Design in Austin

I recently visited the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, California, and had my mind scrambled from all the formal gardens. I'm not usually a formal garden kind of girl, but come on! Who wouldn't love this? While I wouldn't want to maintain all those hedges (the clipping!

May 04, 2015 - veggiegardeningtips.com - 97
Veggie Gardening Tips - Featuring Vegetable Gardening Tips, Organic Growing Techniques, and Unique Plants for the Bac...

Featuring Vegetable Gardening Tips, Organic Growing Techniques, and Unique Plants for the Backyard Gardener

May 04, 2015 - ourlittleacre.com - 90
May 04, 2015 - durablegardening.blogspot.com - 87
Durable Gardening

My work has changed as well. Until just over a year ago, I was one of the soldiers in the trenches - going about my day pushing pixels as a web designer. My immediate supervisor moved out of state, and I was tapped to take his supervisory position and the learning curve and rapid shift to a different way of working has also taken its toll.

2 thoughts on “Who Is P. Allen Smith? (List of G2B15 Attendees)”

    1. Hi Laura,
      Arkansas is a beautiful place to visit and each time I go there I find more reasons to love it. Thank-you for your wonderful comments!
      Susan Fox

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