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The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks and NRHS Banquet June 13, 2014

by Chris Guenzler

After Bus Hosting the Fort Smith Trip I drove over to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks Background June 13, 2014

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks has a unique and short history as it has been created by a local volunteer-led, grassroots effort. The Botanical Garden Society of the Ozarks (BGSO) was incorporated in January 1994 as a non-profit organization with plans to develop the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. They soon signed a 25 year land-lease agreement with the City of Fayetteville for 100 acres of city property on the south shore of Lake Fayetteville. There, they have begun creating a series of gardens and an arboretum. Today, the Garden is a collection of ten themed gardens and includes the region's only butterfly house. The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is also developing an arboretum which will serve to separate and provide a backdrop for the gardens.

The garden currently includes seasonal plantings in a small area, a wildflower meadow added in 1998, a lakeside hiking trail, and a self-guided tree identification tour. The Botanical Garden is actually a multi-use facility. Weddings, concerts, parties, and various educational events are all held here. Additionally, the Fayetteville Farmers' Market is located at the Gardens on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

There arev 12 different gardens located here.

My visit.

I pulled into the parking lot.

Here is the sign out front.

It was in this building I checked in with their staff who were expecting me.

These plants were along the parking lot on the way to the office.

This was in front of the bulding that I then entered and talked with one of their staff who gave me a good introduction to the place. All Springdale 6th graders gets a chance to come here during their school year. I then went outside and started my visit. I made my way to the first of the gardens here, the Founder's Garden.

Views from the Founder's Garden. Now I would make my way to the Japanese Garden.

On my way to the Japanese Garden.

Now I will enter the Japanese Garden.

Views of the Japanese Garden. Next I would visit the Vegetable & Herb Garden.

Views of the Vegetable & Herb Garden.

Next the Tyson Chicken Coop. Now I would make my way to the Children's Garden.

On my way to the Children's Garden.

I will enter the Children's Garden.

Views through the Children's Garden.

This bridge took me to the Kiwanis Reading Railroad.

The Kiwanis Reading Railroad.

On my way to the Four Seasons Garden.

I now visited the Four Seasons Garden.

Views of the Four Seasons Garden. Next the Rotary Peace Arbor.

Views at the Rotary Peace Arbor.

Looking back across the Great Lawn. Now I would make my way to the Butterfly Garden and the Butterfly House & Pavilion.

Views of the Butterfly Garden.

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