Garden2Blog – Garden Tour & Lunch At The Governor’s Mansion

The Arkansas Govenor's Mansion

The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion

The very first stop of the Garden 2 Blog experience was the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion.
This Georgian Colonial mansion is nestled in a quiet neighborhood and the gardens are exquisite. Eleven of Arkansas forty five governors have lived in the mansion including President Bill Clinton.

P. Allen Smith gives a brief history of the mansion

P. Allen Smith gives a brief history of the mansion

I was glad to learn that Allen has a huge love of history. He didn’t have to tell anyone. You can hear it in his voice when he speaks. You can tell he is passionate about preserving the past and making the most of every moment we have in the present.

The SeedKeeper Girls Carol & Kerrie

The SeedKeeper Girls
Carol & Kerrie

While most of us were ohhhing and ahhhing over the splendid collection of azeleas, iris and roses the SeedKeeper girls, Carol & Kerrie enjoyed a relaxing moment on the first lady of Arkansas’ swing……

Beautiful flowers

Beautiful flowers

 

DSCN0172I loved these structures Allen used in this garden for the roses to climb on….

Beautiful Wrought Iron Fountain

Beautiful Wrought Iron Fountain

DSCN0186Southern mansions seems to bring out the need for big “pocketbooks” and wide brim floppy hats. Carri Stokes  and Mary Ann Newcomer were happy to oblige. Notice the rose on the arbor; “New Dawn” I believe. They were everywhere on the streets of Little Rock….

New dawn Roses abound in Little Rock

New dawn Roses abound in Little Rock

 

More New Dawn roses about to burst forth with color

More New Dawn roses about to burst forth with color

 

Chelsea Clinton's Playhouse

Chelsea Clinton’s Playhouse

When Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas, Chelsea was just a little girl.  The good Governor had this playhouse constructed for his daughter. It even has its own landscaping… Details are everything…..

Great raised bed vegetable garden

Great raised bed vegetable garden

The Governor and family enjoy fresh veggies from the raised bed garden. Everything from apples to tomatoes and strawberries were planted here. This garden is tended with the help of the Arkansas Master Gardener’s Association.

Caroline Binder, Myself & Mary Beth Shaddix

Carolyn Binder, Myself & Mary Beth Shaddix

Here I am with two of the sweetest vegetable gardeners I know: Carolyn Binder of Cowlick Cottage Farm & Mary Beth Shaddix of Bonnie Plants

P. Allen Smith & First Lady Ginger Beebe

P. Allen Smith & First Lady Ginger Beebe

A most gracious hostess, First Lady of Arkansas Ginger Beebe was a delightful person. A most delicious luncheon was served. Check out the beautiful centerpieces

Yellow roses welcomed us to lunch

Yellow roses welcomed us to lunch

Our luncheon was concluded with the presentation of three beautiful shrubs of ‘Sunny Knockout‘ roses to be added to the gardens at the mansion.

We were then treated to a presentation by Erik Deckers, a noted expert on Social Media.

Pie!

Pie!

The conclusion of our visit was with pie. Y’all know i’m partial to dessert. This one was extra delicious and this first stop on our adventure, most enjoyable.

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About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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5 Responses to Garden2Blog – Garden Tour & Lunch At The Governor’s Mansion

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  2. What a lovely day that was. Loved getting to tour it again via your blog! 🙂

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  3. I loved the walk through the garden; that was very special, thank you. The big purses and floppy summer hats are a real connection to my mother and grandmother that is special; I appreciated that almost as much as the walk through the garden

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  4. Carol Niec says:

    We are remembering how special we felt siting on the First Lady’s swing in the yard of the Governor’s mansion. Surrounded by flowers and friends…what could be better! Thanks Chris, this was beautiful.

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