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A Quick Spring Getaway

May 2, 2013

On a rare sunny weekend in an unusually cold March, my mom and I zipped over to Arkansas to visit P. Allen Smith’s Moss Hollow Farm. Dubbed “The Martha Stewart of the South” by the New York Times, Allen runs a home and garden lifestyle business which includes a PBS show, several books, and his beautiful farm west of Little Rock.   He was at home that day and led the tour himself.

P. Allen Smith

My mother is crazy for daffodils, so we planned our trip during “Daffodil Days” when the pastures were awash in shades of yellow and gold. The flowers just went on and on! There were all sizes, shapes and hues of sunny blooms waving in the breeze all around the house. It was a most welcome sight for the winter-weary!

daffodils at moss hollow farm

Although not much else was blooming, there was still plenty to see. The farmhouse, an environmentally-friendly wonder, was built less than a decade ago but made to look as if it has been there for years. An enormous post oak in the front driveway adds to the illusion of longevity.

Front of the house with Post Oak

The interior of the house was no less dazzling than the outdoor show. Allen likes the early American look and has managed to capture that aesthetic while also using modern touches and accents. The living room is akin to an art gallery.

living room at moss hollow farm

I loved this modern version of a Windsor chair.

modern take on early American chairs

This arrangement of serving pieces on the wall is gorgeous!

plate arrangement

Of course, I noticed this half square triangle quilt pattern.

Looks like a quilt..but it's a rug!

A closer look shows that is not a quilt, but a rug!

rug detail

My favorite room was the sleeping porch with three beds at one end..

Sleeping porch at Moss Hollow Farm

and a gleaming copper tub at the other.


This is what you see from the porch.

View from rear of house

And here is a view of the back of the house.

Back of the house

The gardens were pretty bare this early in the year, but we admired the espalier


And the variety of heritage livestock such as these Buff Orpingtons.

Buff Orpingtons at Moss Hollow Farm

For lunch, we feasted on recipes from Allen’s cookbook. It was so delicious that we went straight from the table to the gift shop to purchase copies of our own. For the rest of the afternoon we were free to walk around the property and see the rose garden, the vegetable garden and the rest of the livestock.

Moss Hollow Farm is open for tours most weekends and is only 2-1/2 hours door to door from my home in Memphis. Mom and I both highly recommend a visit and are planning to return later in the year to see the gardens in full bloom.


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