About Our Gardens

Yarb Garden: Located above the Herb Cabin and Shannon Cabin. Ozark families, granny women and "yarb" doctors used the plants found here. Covering the hillside and root cellar, these plantings include native wildflowers, old-fashioned pass-a-long ornamentals, potherbs and herbs of the world that found their way to the Ozarks.

Dye and Fiber Garden: Located near the Spinning and Weaving and Quilting Shops in the Craft Village. Ozark homesteaders grew flax and cotton and cultivated or collected herbs that imparted color to fibers. Some plants that were purchased as dyes are also grown in the Dye and Textile Garden.

Folk Kids’ Mountain Garden: located below the Herb Cabin and out the back door of the Shannon Cabin. The children’s garden is designed, planted and cultivated by the Herb Society of America-Ozark Unit. Children’s literature, a walk through important dates in Arkansas history and Ozark transportation and commerce are educational and fun elements featured in this garden.

Raised-Up Rock Garden: Located across from the Smokehouse. These raised beds are built of native stone and are planted with herbs that are to be touched, pinched, and smelled, and can be accessed by a smooth pathway.

Wildlife Garden at the Skillet Restaurant: Can be viewed through the picture windows of the Skillet Restaurant. For birds, bees, and butterflies, a rock pool graces the garden providing a water source for flora and fauna.

Butterfly Hill: Located below the Administration Building. Plantings include a whole host of nectar and larvae food plants including early blooming bulbs, iris varieties, poppies, blackeyed Susans, sunflowers, bronze fennel, garden phlox, five varieties of butterfly bush, butterfly weed and vitex.

Bees and Butterflies Firecracker Garden: Located near the Homespun Gift Shop and Candle Shop on the Craft Village. This garden area is planted with flowers that explode in fiery color causing visitors to stand in the heat to admire the show! By the 4th of July, the hill is ablaze with old time daylilies, Turks Cap lilies, Butterfly Weed, and Oswego Tea (Red Monarda) that create a shining sea of gold, yellow, and red heralding summer's glory! Bees work the flowers and produce wax that is used in candle making.

Kitchen Herb Garden: Located just outside the Skillet Restaurant, within easy access of the chef. The Kitchen Herb Garden is a display of edible flowers and vegetables that thrive in soil enhanced with compost, agricultural meals, minerals, and mulch.

Ozark Spring, Waterfalls and Pool: Located on the Craft Grounds. Early settlers depended upon life-giving water for sustenance. With the advent of gris and lumber mills, powered by water wheels, towns and industry sprang up. The plants in and around the spring, stream and pond are native to the Ozarks, to remind of us of a time before Europeans settled the land.

Woodland Plants: Located on the forest floor above the Yarb Garden. Though this is the smallest garden within the Heritage Herb Garden, it is the most important. The plants are native to these hills. Many an Ozark family kept body and soul together digging roots to sell and gathering herbs to make home remedies.

Rose and Mint Garden: Located at the Picnic Pavilion inside the Craft Village. The heritage rose varieties live long lives because they resist disease and bugs so much better than their fancy-pants cousins. The mint collection, including bible mint, chocolate mint and Madelene Hill’s mint grow in profusion as companions to the roses.

Herb Cabin: Across the way from the Apothecary Shop. This cabin was built as a demonstration on site. Folk remedies and herbs for housekeeping and animal husbandry are displayed within the log walls. Herbs and everlastings are hung or spread on racks for drying.

Plant Arbor and Herb Shoppe: Stands at the beginning and end of your adventure through the Ozark Folk Center Craft Village. Under the protected shade of the arbor is a nursery of many diverse botanicals, from native trees, shrubs and perennials to pass-along-plants and Mediterranean herbs. All of our plant starts are grown using organic methods. Park visitors may buy the plants offered here. (Sorry, we are not able to take plant orders by phone or e-mail as we are unable to ship plants through the mail.)