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Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

4703 North Crossover Road

The Botanical Garden Society of the Ozarks (BGSO) was incorporated in January 1994 as a non-profit organization. The founder and first Director was Donna Porter who worked tirelessly to see her vision materialize, serving on a volunteer basis from 1993 until 1997. Her paid Director’s position commenced in 1997 through a grant from The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and continued until her departure in Dec of 2001. Donna’s contributions included: the origination and promotion of the idea of a Botanical Garden for Northwest Arkansas; the formation and development of the non-profit organization; site search; site acquisition through the signing of a 25 year land-lease agreement with the City of Fayetteville for 100 acres of city property on the south shore of Lake Fayetteville; and the initiation and completion of the Master Plan for the BGO, in conjunction with The Portico Group, Public Garden Design Specialists, of Seattle, Washington.


Jill Bowman

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
What a pretty garden! It’s a lot bigger than I thought at first with several distinct areas. I’ve joined - especially so that I can drop by with a book on any nice day and sit on a bench or a swing and pretend that it’s mine. 😊

Bethany Lucas

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The garden and facilities are nice. There's a public restroom and gift shop, and they host weddings. I was surprised at how small the botanical garden itself was - it won't take long to visit, even if you linger. Much smaller than any botanical garden I've been to; about the size of a community garden. Some things were surprising and a bit off-beat for a botanical garden, like a chicken pen. My favorite part was the butterfly house/pen.

Valerie Gladback

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Gardens are always beautiful. The free Cinderella opera was awesome. There were lots of young families and children there playing, so they were fun to watch too. Many people brought their in picnic meals. We ate delicious avacado fries and sandwiches from the food truck. They also had a great variety of popsicles at another vendor's stand. It was a Hit for kids of all ages!!

Gene Mashburn

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Very nice and well worth the entrance fee. I could imagine living close by, visiting often, finding a perfect shady spot, enjoying a book. The grounds are beautifully maintained.

Kimberly Winner

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
I honestly just wasn't impressed. I feel like it would have been nicer at night. Maybe lit up with lights on the exhibits. As it was, it was blazing hot and bees and wasps and mosquito's swarming the benches and seating areas. They have a sand pit in the children's garden area. But no access to a rinse off area. Oh, and the next day our 2 year old had a 102 fever. Thanks botanical gardens. The idea is great. But I am used to bigger cities botanical gardens I guess. And since Fayetteville is such a thriving college community. I guess I expected more.

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