The largest botanical Garden in Central Arkansas, Wildwood Park for the Arts welcomes over 48,000 visitors a year and is home to several studios, classrooms, and the Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theater. The Wildwood Park for the Arts serves “to provide opportunities for lifelong learning, engage the imagination and celebrate the human spirit through encounters with nature and a full spectrum of the arts: visual, performing, literary, horticultural, culinary and more” (“Our Story”).
The park hosts several events and year round programming,
including an annual Wine and Food Festival, the Wine Reserve Dinner, the
LANTERNS! Festival, concerts, summer camps, classes, residencies with local
elementary schools, and a statewide educational tour. The Wildwood Park for the Arts creates a thriving environment for the arts and is home to several changing exhibitions.
The park is home to many gardens and trails
that are each home to an abundance of different flora. The Bulter Arboretum is a 10-acre garden
built in 1998 that features natural woodland and trails as well as a large
collection of natural azaleas. The Boop
Water Garden is home to flora and native trees and shrubs nestled among pools
of water. The Asian Woodland Garden features native plants of China, Korea, and
Japan. The Zahn Rock Garden is home to
56 different varieties of Waterwise and Xeriscape plants, while the Bruce
Garden features ferns, grasses, and various native perennials. The parks trails include the Wild 40 Trail
and the Ruth Allen Dogwood Trail.