On Saturday, June 12th, from 10am – 3pm the Omni Peace Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology invites everyone in NW Arkansas to attend the 5th annual Peace Gardens Tour. This year’s tour features 8 beautiful and dynamic gardens in Fayetteville. The cost for the tour is $10. For ticket information and garden descriptions, please visit www.omnicenter.org or call 442-4600 / 283-2167.
The Omni Peace Gardens Network was established five years ago to celebrate the relationship between nature and inner and world peace. The motivation was to offer an opportunity for the public to connect with nature as expressed in beautiful gardens. A garden environment lends itself to self-discovery and helps us define the kind of society we wish to inhabit; one that deepens our reflection about peace and justice and environmental stewardship (hence the name “Peace Garden”). These gardens serve essential human needs while at the same time provide habitat for native species.
In 2006, the first year of the Peace Gardens Tour, five Fayetteville gardeners volunteered to open their gardens to the public where a half hour video of the event was recorded and cablecast on Community Access Television. In 2007, gardeners from east Fayetteville to Prairie Grove participated and last year more gardeners were added to the roster. Also in 2007, Omni agreed to join with the Local Food Movement to combine beauty along with nutrition.
This year’s self-guided Peace Gardens Tour showcases the following gardens:
(Note: The date at the beginning of each garden title indicates past years’ participation; the date at the end of each title indicates the date of the garden’s creation).
(06)”Moon in the Water Peace Garden” (1992)
Location: 335 East Baxter Lane (off 71B, one block south of North St., turn east at Passages)
Description: An Ozark-Zen shade rock garden with many varieties of Japanese Maples, painted ferns, hostas, peonies, lilac, lilies, herbs and various other plantings. Also: Bird feeding station, custom lodge pole pine log bench, winding paths, hammock, and a Zen meditation rock area.
Peace Gardener: Dwain Cromwell / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(07, 08)"Emily's No-Plant-Left-Behind Peace Garden" (1998)
Location: 5 E. Davidson, 72701
Description: “The garden is a terraced rock garden in front of my house in a triangular space between 2 driveways. I started it in 1998 when I moved to Fayetteville. It is somewhat chaotic, with a variety of plants including daffodils, grape hyacinth, iris, day lilies, several other varieties of lilies, including the spectacular Leslie Woodruff (from Arthur Evans, Gravette), cornflower, daisies, myrtle, larkspur, coreopsis, peonies, roses, phlox, and probably something I'm forgetting. It blooms continuously from March through July. Working in my garden and the natural beauty of the blooming flowers always gives me a feeling of peace and contentment." Every foot of Emily’s yard is enhanced with flowers, terraces, rocks.
Peace Gardener: Emily Kaitz / E-mail: email@example.com
(07, 08) "Bamboo Peace Garden" (2002)
1039 E. Overcrest St., Fayetteville, 72703. South of Township; west of Old Wire Road.
Description: You are invited to enter this garden and feel transported into a unique environment, “a world unto its own”. A graceful forest of bamboo populates the grounds with a variety of species including the Phyllostachys Atrovaginata, commonly called “Incense Bamboo” that grows fast and majestically (up to 35+ ft tall in only 90 days). Bamboo has the ability to sway without breaking in strong winds and to bend without cracking under snow and ice; it can endure sub-zero weather and remain ‘ever-green’ year-round. We greatly admire these qualities that bamboo possesses; qualities of both strength and flexibility; spiritual attributes that have been long revered in the East. The newest addition to the Bamboo Peace Garden is the presence of an octagon, all-cedar meditation temple. It was created for the sole purpose of meditation and contemplation of peace. With this intention, a “magnetic charge” or spiral of peace has been generated in the temple and it builds with each person’s participation and focus. All those who visit are invited to sit in the meditation temple and reflect upon the nature of peace that the garden effuses. In addition, there are numerous benches in the garden to sit and enjoy the different vantage views of the bamboo. Tea and beverage will be available for all who come.
Gardeners: Hamsa and Moshe Newmark / firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone 442-7423
“Marki Thompson Peace Garden” (2003)
Location: 412 Ila St., Fayetteville, 72701
Description (Dick): Two gardens, front and back yards. The front is small but interesting. The back is three or four times the size with a commensurately large variety of plants, arranged in classical symmetry: Four raised beds in the center separated by wide walkways; on east and west long beds along the fences; two attractive buildings north; sculpted birds and other animals. When I visited the garden mid-Dec. 2009, all was freshly prepared with bulbs for the spring.
Gardener: Marki Thompson / E-mail: email@example.com / Phone: 442-2406
(06, 07, 08, 09) “Blue Birds of Peace Garden” (2004)
Location: 951 Missouri Way, Fayetteville, 72701
Description: “The focal point of my peace garden is an Ozark flagstone tree-shaped patio designed by Quinn Landrum and built by Quinn and his father, the artist M.M. Kent. The center of the patio is a single orange stone sun with rays extending outwards. The patio is a sunny stop for relaxing, doing yoga, painting the garden, or meditating. Next to the patio is a terraced planting area for sunflowers, lavender, and butterfly bush. The area is surrounded on three sides by a fence and several birdhouses. Before the garden was even completed, a pair of bluebirds had built a nest and raised a family.” It Includes a Peace Pole. Additional flowers: daisies, Solomon Seal, zinnias, spearmint, geraniums, lilies, sedum. There’re also vegetables: squash, peppers, lettuce, tomatoes. And a Zen white sand garden which adds to the general beauty and cheer.
Peace Gardener: Nancy Maier (Marshall Carter) / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(2008, 2009) Peace Trees Garden (2006)
Location: 2008 W. Cleveland St., Fayetteville, 72701
Description: A large yard covered by tall trees, the yard made extra-beautiful by diverse locations of flowers around patio and pool. It’s pleasant to walk from the more formal garden into the park-like yard canopied with talk, enduring trees. (Parking in lot adjacent east.)
Gardener: Cathy Boyd / E-mail: email@example.com / Phone: 521-5971
“The Garden of Peace and Tranquility” (2009)
Location: 517 E. Prospect Street, Fayetteville (approx. 1 block west of Mission, small red house)
Description: These are new, vibrant front and back yard gardens. The front is enough for delight. Add to that a side driveway row of luxurious hostas. The backyard, however, is the chief attraction whether viewed from the deck or close-up, with a cluster of new crape myrtles, and flowers all around a semi-circular walkway. In the corner is the greenhouse where many of these plants have had their beginning. (By June 12 these gardens will present a spectacular, small garden of beauty for peace and tranquility.
Gardeners: Frank and Marty Burggraf / Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Love You to Peaces Garden (2010)
Location: 232 W. Adams St., Fayetteville
My front, back and side yards are landscaped with ornamental plants, Japanese maples, several other ornamental trees, peonies (herbaceous and tree), herbs, irises, roses, azaleas, etc. In an attempt to replace my front lawn with something other than that pain-in-the-ass regular grass, there's a sizable front bed featuring purple smoke bushes, ornamental grasses, and trellises fashioned of ice-storm-damaged limbs. My backyard is very bird-friendly, and there are many bird feeders to lure them to my place.
Gardener: Susan Shore / email@example.com / Phone 251-1290