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Compton Gardens and Conference Center

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Address: 312 N Main St, Bentonville, AR 72712-5337
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+1 479-254-3870
09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00

The Garden:Once the home of Dr. Neil Compton, Savior of the Buffalo River,...

The Garden:Once the home of Dr. Neil Compton, Savior of the Buffalo River, Compton Gardens has been developed into a native woodland which is quickly becoming a regional destination garden. It provides a beautiful and peaceful environment containing a unique plant collection. The garden is dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of gardening, horticulture, and conservation within an aesthetic landscape. Neil Compton Exhibit Room:With its grand opening this past August, the Neil Compton Exhibit Room gives viewers a glimpse into the life of Dr. Neil Compton. This exhibit is free and open to the public Monday-Friday 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.The Homesite:The conference Center is the re-modeled home of Dr. Compton and now serves as a rental facility for seminars, conferences, workshops, retreats, intimate weddings, and private events. The garden is available for film and commercial photo shoots.

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Native plants all around

I found out that they have all the names of the plants which I have constantly pulled out of my yard (I thought they were weeds!). Nice stroll from the Crystal Bridges Museum... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a small, heavily wooded area just north of the Bentonville town square. It lies next to the Razorback bike trail, but bikes are not allowed in the Gardens. It's a pleasant but short walk through the Gardens. Not worth a special trip, but if you're nearby, check it out.

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Love the statues and other art along the walkways. We visited in the winter - was wondering how beautiful it would be in the spring.

Thank Kathy G
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I found out that they have all the names of the plants which I have constantly pulled out of my yard (I thought they were weeds!). Nice stroll from the Crystal Bridges Museum; well maintained.

Thank MurthyMadness
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The bike paths in and around Bentonville are absolutely stunning. The Compton Gardens trail was no exception. Gorgeous!

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Belton, Missouri
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

Very nice in September, but I would definitely try and see this again in the Spring or Fall when colors are changing...it should be gorgeous

Thank Msfreethought
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

this property was owned by a physician but is now a wonderful place to stroll or ride your back. the home is now a conference center as well. If you are in Bentonville, use this area to stretch your legs and just enjoy the stroll.

Thank mtdickson
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

What a beautiful place to enjoy nature. Many native plants of Arkansas. Stroll along and unwind. You can walk to Crystal Bridges Museum by going through these gardens.

Thank J J
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

We enjoyed walking around Compton Gardens. It wasn't the best season to be at a garden, but the paths were nice for an easy walk. I would like to visit again in the Spring to see the difference.

Thank goanywheretogether
Gatesville, TX
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Enjoyed our walk from Compton Gardens to the south entrance of Crystal Bridges Art Museum. The walkways are wide, concrete pathways along scenic ponds, past the Turrell Skyspace exhibit and Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house, down toward the museum along lush floral and fauna displays. You will find sculptures along the way that are whimsical but nicely executed. This trail... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

Very nice, mostly shaded garden area within easy walking distance of downtown Bentonville. Plants were mostly the hosta type but everything was very well done and from the gardens there's actually a path that takes you to Crystal Bridges Museum. We didn't have time to walk this, but will next time.

Thank rduinc

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