Ellen Edmondson Great Lawn
The Ellen Edmondson Great Lawn is one of the primary outdoor event venues for the Gardens. It has traditionally been the site for such notable occasions as the Gardens’ annual bridal fair and fall plant sale, aswell as many wedding receptions and lawn parties. The spacious lawn, planted with temperature tolerant zoysia grass, is surrounded by nearly 10,000 square feet of mixed floral displays known as the Flowering Border.
Adapted from the English mixed perennial border, the Flowering Border serves as an introduction to plant collections from around the world located throughout additional gardens planted around the Pratt Welcome Center. The Flowering Border is typically the most colorful
area of the garden. Visit often to see spring, summer, and fall displays from tulips, chrysanthemums and other seasonal color plants adapted to southern conditions, tropical foliage plants in summer, and some of the best trees and shrubs for American gardens from Europe and Central Asia.
The Great Lawn was named in honor of Ellen Edmondson of Forrest City, Arkansas, thanks to a generous gift by her husband Don. The pair has a long affiliation with the University of Arkansas and the Fay Jones School of Architecture.