Created by a passionate, dedicated community, the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks started with a grassroots effort and explores Northwest Arkansas’ natural environment.
“Our 12 themed gardens are designed to provide inspiration and ideas for our guests, featuring plants that can thrive in the Northwest Arkansas environment,” said Liz Atwell, communications coordinator at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. “The garden is also home to the state’s only butterfly house, where visitors can observe all stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. Our garden may not be the biggest or oldest garden, but that is one reason why people love it. The garden is digestible and inspirational because it is broken into these 12 smaller gardens.”
Group tours of the Fayetteville-based garden include a brief history, special features in each of the 12 gardens and the butterfly house. The 5-acre garden allows groups to learn about birdwatching, wildlife and a variety of plants, including Ozark native plants and invasive species.
“With 12 unique gardens, every individual has their own favorite spot,” said Roslyn Imrie, education coordinator at the garden. “This is something that makes a tour at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks so enjoyable for a group — there is something for everyone.”
Both guided and self-guided tours should be booked at least two weeks in advance, motorcoach parking is located nearby and customized tour options are offered for groups.
“On a group tour, we are able to reach many people at once,” Imrie said. “We love seeing groups ask questions and get inspired to become more involved in gardening in their communities.”
Guided tours typically last 45 minutes to an hour, whereas self-guided tours can be completed within 20-30 minutes. Special rates start at groups with 15 or more visitors.
“We want our groups to leave with a smile on their face, joy in their hearts and new knowledge in their minds,” Imrie said. “In this fast-paced world we live in, it is important to stop and smell the roses.”
For more information, call 479-750-2620 or visit bgozarks.org.