The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is a new blossoming attraction in the ever growing area of Northwest Arkansas. Opened in 2007 this 40 acre garden is work in progress with a 15 year master plan to build a first rate botanical garden. Even though the garden is not finished, we could not tell that by our visit and really had a nice time at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. We enjoyed the nice variety of plants on display at the Botanical Gardens twelve distinct gardens. Each garden area is small compared to other botanical gardens we have visited, but we enjoy that especially with two little ones in tow. The twelve gardens are Japanese Garden, the Vegetable and Herb Garden, the Children’s Garden, the Four Seasons Garden, the Shade Garden, the Rose and Perennial Garden, the Ozark Native Garden, the Sensory Garden, the Rock and Water Garden, the Founder’s Garden, the Reading Railroad, the Education Cottage Garden and the Butterfly House and Garden. Each garden was special in its own way, but a few of them stood out to us.
The Butterfly House and Garden was a pick hit for our 3 year old daughter. She loves seeing butterflies, so getting up close to a few of them was a real treat for her. Secondly there was nobody else there so it was nice having the butterfly house all to ourselves. It is not a very big place and the butterfly variety was not the greatest, but getting to see her smiling, laughing, and following the butterflies around made up for anything their butterfly house might be lacking. Our second favorite place was their Children’s Garden which was probably the best part of the whole garden. They had a large fairy tree playhouse that you could climb up into to get a bird’s eye view the place, a constructed cement railroad you could climb into the back, a large sandbox (another big hit for my daughter) there was a small pond and waterfall with Koi fish. It was just well constructed and thought out. It was an area of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks that made our daughter smile so it made us smile.
As for the adults in our party, we enjoyed the Rock and Water Garden which gave us a sense of calm and peace which is much needed when you have 3 year old and 6 month old. We also enjoyed the swings that they had overlooking some of their gardens. It was nice just to sit down and swing for a short while and look out at the colorful scenery. While not the biggest or best garden we have ever visited the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks was a fun visit and exactly what we needed on that day. The price of admission might seem a little steep for such a small garden, but with the addition of the butterfly house it is worth it. They have a good thing going at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Hopefully they will be able to stick with their master plan and more good things are to come.
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Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Located at 4703 N Crossover Rd, Springdale, Arkansas
Hours of Operation open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 13 and over $7.00, Children 5 to 12 $4.00 about $2 cheaper during the off season from November through April
For more information visit their website at http://bgozarks.org/