Gardens at Wildwood
Little Rock, AR - Events of Monday, May 13, 2013
Paul was up early on Monday as usual, and he got to enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Arkansas River behind our site.
Margery's research into things to do brought up the Gardens at Wildwood only a few miles from the campground, so our plan was to run a few more errands on Monday morning and stop by the gardens on our way back to the motor home. The garden is part of the Wildwood Park for the Arts. The park is dedicated to the development of the cultural arts including visual, performing, horticultural, culinary, literary and more. The 104-acre woodland site includes a theater for the performing arts, a studio theater, production facilities and a botanical garden.
Wildwood had its beginnings in the Arkansas Opera Theater, which was founded in 1974. The site for the park was a gift from Deltic Timber Co. Wildwood Park opened to the public in 1989. Admission to the garden is free.
When we arrived, we were a little confused as to where we should park and where the garden was. We happened upon a fellow who was just getting ready to do some mowing. He explained where the different garden areas were located, and he went inside to get us a map of the gardens.
Equipped with a map, we began to explore starting with an artificial waterfall and pond near the entrance to the theater.
Just beyond the administrative office was a shady lawn with white, wrought-iron benches.
Next to the lawn is the Woodland Asian Garden. This garden is the project of the Pulaski County Master Gardeners.
Next, we came a small stream with numerous iris in bloom.
After we finished strolling through the gardens in the vicinity of the theater, we crossed the parking lot to the 8-acre lake. Following the map, we headed to the Zahn Rock Garden, which is along the side of a small hill.
Below the rock garden is Rhododendron Circle.
We continued along the path to the far end of the lake and the Gertrude Remmel Butler Gazebo.
Near the gazebo is the daylily garden, which is the project of the Chenal Valley Garden Club. Unfortunately, we were a little too early to see the daylilies in bloom.
We strolled back toward the car by way of the path that follows the lake shore where we saw the resident swan paddling on the lake.
Although the property is big, the gardens are still being developed, and the plantings aren't real extensive. However, what is there is well done, and we enjoyed a peaceful walk through the woods and along the lake, and we enjoyed seeing the different garden areas and the flowers that were in bloom.
We headed back to the motor home to relax for the rest of the day. Our time in Little Rock was winding down, but we had more thing we wanted to do. Stay tuned.