At my new place of work, Compton Gardens, there are a few champion trees standing tall and proud! If you're wondering what a champion tree is, let me explain; "Arkansas's Champion Tree program recognizes those trees, planted by nature or individuals, that are the largest of each species. Trees are compared using the American Forest "Bigness Index" (BI)" ( I may be wrong, but I am sure that these trees are measured by the height and girth of the trunk. So, without any further ado I would like to present the Yellowwood Champion and the Champion Chestnut!

Cladrastis kentukea


I would also like to share some more photos of Compton Gardens. These pictures show the work that has been completed for the opening of the bike trail in Bentonville, Arkansas on July 17th.

Some people would say that I'm one of the lucky ones and I would have to agree - I did find a job after finishing my degree! Can you believe it? I am on my second week of work and I still can't believe it!

The garden which is now known as Compton Gardens was donated to the Peel House Foundation in 2002. The creator and former owner, Dr. Neil Compton is the man responsible for America's First National River - the Buffalo River.

Today, the garden offers enthusiasts a look of Arkansas' native flora - from Alum Root to Yellow Root and the list is growing! In fact, just the other day I was planting the native orchid Spiranthes cernua. And rumor has it that we're getting some other interesting plants... keep that on the down-low.

On my lunch break I decided to shoot some photos of these great Arkansas plants to share with you. I want you to have a good idea about the potential of this wonderful garden - and believe me, this place has way more potential that you think.

Let me tell you that the flowers of Eryngium yuccifolium smell of honey. Very impressive summer plant. This plant is on my recommendation list. :)

Eryngium yuccifolium

Next up, we have Vaccinium elliottii. This is one of our native blueberry bushes. If you're a fan of natives and enjoy eating blueberries, this plant is definitely for you.

Vaccinium elliottii

Another edible is Ribes odoratum, the golden currant. This is an all around great shrub. It has nice foliage and bears edible fruit. However, it is deciduous (keep in mind if use for a screen).

Ribes odoratum

Well, that's all I have for now. Soon, I will post pictures of Compton Garden's Champion Trees! Ciao.