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P. Allen Smith's Biography

About P. Allen Smith: P. Allen Smith is an award-winning food, lifestyle and garden expert and host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smith 's Garden Home and P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table, and the syndicated 30-minute show P. Allen Smith Gardens. Smith is one of America 's most recognized and respected garden design experts, providing ideas and inspiration through multiple media venues. He is the author of the best-selling Garden Home series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House, including Bringing the Garden Indoors: Container, Crafts and Bouquets for Every Room, published in 2009. His latest book, P. Allen Smith 's Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, was released in December 2010, and was inspired by the abundance of food from his farm and a family of great cooks. Smith is also a regular contributor on NBC 's The TODAY Show. Inspired by a childhood spent on the farm raising and showing livestock and poultry and since then a life of promoting good stewardship of the earth, in 2009 Smith founded the Heritage Poultry Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation and support of all threatened breeds of domestic poultry.

P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Located in Little Rock’s historic Quapaw Quarter, the Garden Home is a 1904 Colonial Revival cottage surrounded by a series of garden rooms designed by Smith. This garden was created to illustrate his 12 principles of design, the basis of his first book in the Garden Home series.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home Retreat: Overlooking the Arkansas River Valley, the Garden Home Retreat encompasses more than 500 acres of a farm dating back to 1840. The centerpiece is the cottage, built in the Greek Revival style and constructed in an earth-friendly manner. Directly behind the cottage is the croquet lawn, which is framed by a summer kitchen and art studio. The surrounding garden includes a fountain garden that separates two wings of garden rooms filled with a mix of annuals, herbs, perennials, roses, shrubs and ornamental grasses. Beyond the flower gardens are orchards filled with heritage apple trees, stone fruit and Blueberries , acre vegetable gardens, a bluebird trail, wildflower fields and daffodil hill, which overflows with more than 225,000 daffodils each spring. Various outbuildings, from barns to mobile chicken homes, are located throughout the grounds and surrounding pastures.

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