P. Allen SmithP. Allen Smith is an award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert. He is the host of two public television programs, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, 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 and 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 and Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, a cookbook inspired by the abundance of food from his farm and a family of great cooks.
Allen is very active on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Allen's Blog and YouTube. Allen began hosting one of YouTube's new channels unveiled in 2012 as a massive, global effort by Google to produce thousands of hours of exclusive premium content. The Garden Home Challenge, chronicles an eco-friendly construction project at Allen's Farm on YouTube's eHow Home Channel. Also online, the P. Allen Classics collection offers innovative tips for the home and garden from his extensive library.
Smith also hosts his own radio program the P. Allen Smith Show. His design and lifestyle advice is featured in several national magazines.
Inspired by a childhood spent on the farm raising and showing livestock and poultry Allen has led 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.
Located in Little Rock's historic Quapaw Quarter, P. Allen Smith's 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.
Overlooking the Arkansas River Valley, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home Retreat encompasses more than 500 acres of a farm dating back to 1840. The centerpiece is the cottage, built in the American 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 a daffodil hill, which overflows with more than 275,000 daffodils blooming each spring. Various outbuildings, from barns to mobile chicken homes, are located throughout the grounds and surrounding pastures.