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P. 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 the recently published cookbook, Seasonal Recipes from the Garden 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.

Smith also hosts his own radio program the "P. Allen Smith Show". His design and lifestyle advice is featured in several national magazines. Learn more at http://www.pallensmith.com.

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.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home: Located in Little Rock's historic Quapaw Quarter, the 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.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home Retreat: Overlooking the Arkansas River Valley, the 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.

P. Allen Smith's Career Highlights

  • Host of Public Television Series, P. Allen Smith's Garden Home, reaching 93 percent of US television homes
  • Host of P. Allen Smith's Garden to Table
  • Host of P. Allen Smith Gardens, a 30 minute nationally syndicated program broadcasting to 78 percent of U.S. households
  • Regular guest contributor on NBC's The TODAY Show
  • Smith joins 100+ new YouTube channels as Host on the new eHow Home channel debuted January, 2012
  • Smith adds second YouTube Channel producing unique programming for Google's YouTube channel eHow Pets & Animals February 2012.
  • Very active on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Allen's Blog and YouTube
  • Official spokesperson for ASPB, championing soybean farming in Arkansas
  • Author of the best selling Garden Home series of books published by Clarkson Potter/Random House
  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home: Creating a Garden for Everyday Living (February 2003)
  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home Journal (Spring 2004)
  • P. Allen Smith's Container Gardens: 60 Container Recipes to Accent Your Garden (March 2005)
  • P. Allen Smith's Colors for the Garden: Creating Compelling Color Themes (February 2006)
  • P. Allen Smith's Living in the Garden Home: Connecting the Seasons with Containers, Crafts, and Celebrations (November 2007)
  • Bringing the Garden Indoors: Containers, Crafts, and Bouquets for Every Room (2009)
  • P. Allen Smith's Container Gardens: 50 Recipes for Year-Round Gardening (Card deck, 2009)
  • P. Allen Smith's Seasonal Recipes from the Garden (December, 2010)
  • Author of PAllenSmith.com website featuring home and garden information and recipes
  • Featured in national publications including Southern Living, Cottage Living, Southern Accents, Gardening Deck and Design, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate, Hobby Farm Home, Sustainable Home, Gardening How-To, Woman's Day, All You, Home, House Beautiful, Elle Décor and The New York Times
  • Founded Heritage Poultry Conservancy in 2009. www.heritagepoultry.org
  • Arkansan locals can listen to Allen weekly on KARN 102.9 FM radio

P. Allen Smith's Awards and Recognitions

  • 2011 4H Celebration of Excellence Award
  • 2009 Arkansas Cultural Enrichment Award from the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Medal of Honor and Honorary Member of The Garden Club of America
  • Garden Communicator Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA)
  • Horticultural Communicator Award from the American Horticultural Society (AHS)
  • Featured author at National Book Festival on the National Mall, Washington, DC
  • Projects Odyssey Award presented by the Hendrix College Board of Trustees to honor achievements by alumni of Hendrix College
  • Rotary International Scholarship to study garden design and history at the University of Manchester in England
  • P. Allen Smith's Experience and Education

  • Professional garden designer for over 25 years
  • Garden center owner and operator for 10 years
  • Certified Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Board member of the Royal Oak Foundation, the United States affiliate of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland