Dragon Topiary at Garvan Gardens
Garvan Gardens, University of Arkansas
Garvan Gardens, University of Arkansas

Garvan Gardens, Hot Springs, Arkansas

It’s the dog days of summer. Now’s the time for one Last Hoorah. The pace of life speeds up in the fall as you get lots of work done before the holidays. Soon its next year’s budget, planning, and projections, etc. it’s the rhythm of life. For a fun affordable, centrally located place to go, go to Arkansas . Thanks to P. Allen Smith and Mimi San Pedro and her Team each time I visit Arkansas at Garden To Blog. I discover more that I love about the State of Arkansas. So pile the kiddos in the car and take off before the school year starts. Because the next thing you know its Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, the New Year, Passover, Easter, Spring Break and we start all over again. Either way August is a time to spend quality time with our families or just be good to yourself and go see the beautiful Garvan Woodland Gardens for a quiet time of reflection. The less time you spend traveling the more time you have to enjoy the destination. Click on the pictures in my Listly List below. You can vote on the places I’ve listed if you like them and you can add places you have visited. Its great fun!

Garvan Gardens Tour in Hot Springs with Lunch at The Ohio Club

Garvan Gardens is one of the most extraordinary gardens you can imagine. The videos tell the story. The kids will love it because of the Mystic Creatures. Here’s Seraphina, the Phoenix, Roarin’ Rodric, the Sea Serpent and Jolly Roger, the Sasquatch all topiaries that make plants really come to life for kids and adults alike.

The Parisians’ have the right idea in Paris, France everyone closes their shops and go to the seaside in August. You don’t have to cross the pond to find exotic places. Arkansas has some of the best-kept secrets waiting for you and your family to discover together. So pack your bag and pile the kiddies in the car with their iPhone, iPad, and iPods, iTouch, and head to Arkansas where family fun is affordable.

Garvan Gardens State Park
Garvan Gardens State Park

In May after I attended P. Allen Smith’s Garden To Blog 2015, I was invited by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism’s agency CJRW in Little Rock, Arkansas to check out a few of Arkansas’s hidden treasures. And I do mean hidden. Until you saw one lucky lady on the news show off her find, an 8.2-carat diamond from the Crater of Diamonds State Park did you know that Arkansas has a State Park you can dig for diamonds? I didn’t even know diamonds were above ground.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold | Its Diamonds In Arkansas

8.2 Carat Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park shortly after I was there!!
8.2 Carat Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds State Park shortly after I was there!!

I thought they were like coal, underground! I can write a book on “The Prone Grandparent’s Games For Kids”. Here’s a new one for parents. Take a cooler, an umbrella chair, your favorite reading material, and go to the Crater of Diamonds State Park early. You parents can read and snooze all day and turn the kids loose hunting for diamonds! You heard me correctly.

Crater of Diamonds State Park, 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Swimming Pool 209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, AR 71958

Does it get better than this? And they can run in any direction for about a mile and you just lift your head up from your snoozing and you can see them. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a swimming pool there that was as big and nice as those at a water park. When I was there it was practically empty, and fenced in so the kids can’t run off. So let the kids get hot looking for your new-found fortune and while you are purveying their dig let them cool off in the pool so they can start the next round of digging for diamonds.

You can also call Moss Mountain Farm and schedule a tour of P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm and see the Rose Garden its simply a dream garden. 

P. Allen Smith's Rose Garden at Moss Mountain Farm
P. Allen Smith’s Rose Garden at Moss Mountain Farm

The Ohio Club in Hot Springs has all the ambience so many places try to achieve but can never have, because it’s so real from the days gangsters like Al Capone would frequent it. They told me Mae West did her last performance on a small stage upstairs. You ‘feel’ the atmosphere when you walk in the door.

Ohio Club, Hot Springs, AR | Genuine Old World Atmosphere
Ohio Club, Hot Springs, AR | Genuine Speak Easy, Roarin’ Twenties Atmosphere

I would go back to Hot Springs just to stay at The Arlington. Bath water steams from the faucets in your room directly from the hot springs at a temperature of a natural 145 degrees. Your skin feels renewed and you look like a newborn baby after your bath. Bands play with a 40’s style dance floor and an old world elegance is natural to this, of course, “haunted” hotel.

The Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas | A Beautiful, Elegant Dance Floor
The Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs, Arkansas | A Beautiful, Elegant Dance Floor

We stopped for Happy Hour at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn hosted by Ray and Kristie Rossett. I would definitely book a special stay at this 5 star lovely resort. Beautiful beyond words it’s the perfect anniversary or honeymoon spot overlooking the Arkansas River with gardens tended to perfection. Check out these other great places.

Hi Laura formerly of CRJW now at FLEXJET!

Laura Arnold FlEXJET Global Marketing Manager formerly of CJRW Ad Agency, Little Rock, AR Agency for #ARStory sits by me on the plane!
Laura Arnold FlEXJET Global Marketing Manager formerly of CJRW Ad Agency, Little Rock, AR Agency for #ARStory sits by me on the plane!
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The Best Places To Visit in Arkansas

Planning an August Getaway before the kiddos go back to school? Arkansas is ideal! Arkansas is close, affordable, family friendly, has buried treasure and old world charm. If you haven't been to a Presidential Library you don't know what you are missing. The Clinton Library is in Little Rock, the roof top is a garden with a world class view. Plan your Arkansas vacation today!

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Botanical Gardens in Arkansas - University of Arkansas Botanical Gardens - Garvan Gardens

Garvan Gardens is the University of Arkansas botanical garden. Come visit the crown jewel of botanical gardens in Arkansas! A pristine park that includes a topiary with a dragon that roars that will enchant the kids and keep them happy to be in the car for the short drive to this amazing park. The phoenix constructed of beautiful living plants alone is worth the drive.

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Moss Mountain Farm Rose Garden | P. Allen Smith

The Rose Garden is located at Moss Mountain Farm which sits on top of a ridge overlooking the Arkansas River Valley. Located just 30 minutes outside of Little Rock, Arkansas this idyllic setting blurs the lines between garden and home, heritage and modern.

P Allen Smith's farm is available for open house tours, private events and weddings. You can Watch the video below to get a preview of the experience at Moss Mountain Farm.

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Diamond Mines - Crater of Diamonds State Park

Park Visitor Finds 8.52-carat White Diamond on June 24: An eight-and-a-half carat diamond was found Wednesday (June 24) at the Crater of Diamonds State Park by a visitor from Colorado. She found her gem after only 20 minutes of searching.

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Hotels in Hot Springs AR | Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa | Hot Springs Arkansas Hotels

Official Website. The historic Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Arkansas's largest hotel, is located in the heart of downtown Hot Springs National Park. The American Treasure has been hosting guests as one of the South's premiere resorts since 1875.

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The Ohio Club - Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Ohio Club is Hot Springs oldest bar. Live music 7 nights a week. Great food too. Hot Springs best nightlife. Hot Springs best bar.

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Superior Bathhouse Brewery

Superior Bathhouse has a craft beer tasting room on historic bathhouse row in Hot Springs, AR. Here is a quote from their slip sheet marketing piece: "After sitting vacant for 30 years, the historic Superior Bathhouse in Hot Springs National Park has been renovated and re-imagined into Hot Springs first Craft Beer Tasting Room." When I visited the owner and server were attentive, filled with positive energy and the service was just plain outstanding. And for the record I don't drink beer and the wonderful server found a beer that tasted very grape-fruity which I actually liked. I had a marvelous time in the tasting room.

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Hot Springs Wax Museum

No trip to Hot Springs is complete without a visit to the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum. This unique attraction takes you through seven different worlds in more than 30 magnificent settings. See everything from celebrities, royalty and presidents to historically accurate battle scenes and a creation of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper."

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Murfreesboro Arkansas - Queen of Diamonds Inn

Murfreesboro Arkansas, near the Crater of Diamonds, Lake Greeson, the Little Missouri River and the Ouachita Mountains, is southwest Arkansas' center for vacations and trips, antiquing, fly fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and water sports.

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Quapaw Baths & Spa | Hot Springs, AR | Day Spa & Bathhouse

Quapaw Baths & Spa ... the perfect place to immerse in Hot Springs' acclaimed thermal waters and indulge in luxurious spa services. We offer it all in our beautiful, historic bathhouse, rich with the most modern spa amenities and comforts.

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The Gangster Museum of America | Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Arkansas Walk of Fame | Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs' newest attraction is the Arkansas Walk of Fame, honoring the lives of great Arkansas who have made a significant contribution to our society. General Douglas MacArthur, baseball great Brooks Robinson, President Bill Clinton, and Dr. James Dobson are among the recent inductees. Be sure to take in some great Arkansas history!

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Hot Springs, AR Bed and Breakfast :: Ultimate Romantic Getaways

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn is an exceptional Hot Springs, AR bed and breakfast. Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking a tranquil bay of beautiful Lake Hamilton, Lookout Point is a sanctuary for body and soul. You will experience luxury, pampering, relaxation, superb hospitality and privacy in our Hot Springs, Arkansas bed and breakfast.

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Heifer International | Charity Ending Hunger And Poverty

Heifer International is a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.

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One thought on “Plants That Soar | Hear Them Roar |Visit Arkansas”

  1. Looks to be an absolutely beautiful place to visit!! I want a Dragon topiary in my yard! Thank You for sharing such a magical experience!!

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