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This post is dedicated to P Allen Smith for sharing his caring heart, exceptional vision, horticultural brilliance, and unparalleled hospitality.
Thank you Allen for a visit of a lifetime.

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the farmhouse at Moss Mountain

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P Allen Smith sharing his wisdom

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take a stroll and see for yourself

Wisteria alley

wisteria allee

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view from Allen's studio

view from Allen’s studio

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koi pond

tuteurs lining pathway

structural obelisks line a pathway

layers of texture

layers of texture

path to Arkansas River

path to Arkansas River

endless rose hedges

endless rose hedges

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color in profusion

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below the mighty Arkansas

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octagon building inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

garden ornament creating a sense of whimsy

garden ornament creates a sense of whimsy

gateway to the formal rose garden

gateway to the formal rose garden

kitchen dependency

kitchen dependency

outside view of rear porches

exterior view of rear porches

300 year old oak at Moss Mountain

a 350 year old post oak at Moss Mountain. One of  three “big sisters” at the farm.

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front porch detail and love the color of the benches and chairs…pimento from Benjamin Moore

entrance hall

entrance hall

kitchen detail

kitchen detail

mud room detail

mud room detail

view from second floor porch

view from second floor porch

second floor porch detail

main floor porch detail

porch bathing luxury

bathing luxury on second floor porch

landing second floor

second floor landing

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MBR detail

guest bedroom

guest bedroom

guest room detail

guest room detail

intimate spaces

intimate, charming spaces

Allen loves his poultry

Allen loves his poultry

One handsome rooster

one handsome rooster at Moss Mountain ~ Amos

Sunbathing beauty

sunbathing beauty

what flexibility

what flexibility!

Allen educates

Allen educates and inspires

Can you feel the love?

can you feel the love?

Oreo feeling the love at Moss Mountain

Oreo feeling the love at Moss Mountain

someone's lovin' life!

someone’s lovin’ life!

detail of Allen's one-acre veggie garden

detail of Allen’s one-acre veggie garden

Allen strolls his garden

Allen strolls his garden

details, details

details, details

white dorper sheep from africa

white dorper sheep from Africa

Trudy ~ a rescue from a lab in Canada

Trudy ~ a rescue from a lab in Canada

Moose the mooch

Moose the mooch

one of the handsome Heritage breeds

a few of the handsome Heritage breeds

French geese in Allen's care

Giant Dewlap Toulouse geese ~ an old French breed, enjoy life at Moss Mountain Farm

Allen conveys the importance of preserving endangered heritage breeds of poultry

Allen conveys the importance of preserving endangered heritage poultry breeds

Dinner bell

dinner bell

one blogger's repose

one blogger’s repose at Moss Mountain ~ Barbara Wise

Following many fine meals and lively conversation, we bid Moss Mountain adieu

following many fine meals and lively conversation, we bid Moss Mountain adieu

day's end at Moss Mountain

day’s end at Moss Mountain

In addition to the activities listed above, Garden2Blog13 was chocked full of fun including a tour of the Governor’s Mansion gardens designed by Allen, a tour of Allen’s city home gardens https://dianelasauce.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/p-allen-smiths-small-masterpiece/, and Laguna’s construction of a water feature at Moss Mountain’s Cottage Home https://dianelasauce.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/a-water-feature-added-to-the-cottage-landscape-at-moss-mountain/. Additionally, Troy-Bilt, Bonnie Plants, Jobe’s Organics, The Seed Keeper Company, Star Roses and Plants, Berry Family of Nurseries and LeCreuset added valuable lessons and fine dining for all the G2B13 attendees.

Allen’s highly professional support staff guided us throughout our stay, filling us with radiance and awe that will continue to inspire us and our gardens to come.
My final thought is you have not lived until you visit Moss Mountain.

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