Buffalo National River’s
50th Anniversary

Compton Gardens & Arboretum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Buffalo National River with events and programs throughout March 2022.

Saturdays in March

Native Plant Programming

Learn more about native plants through programming hosted in March. Participants will learn native plant history of the Buffalo River country, which plants are right for their garden, how to make a pollinator garden, and much more!

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Throughout the month of March

Buffalo River Float – greenway art by local artist Brandon Bullette

Experience a commemorative mural, sponsored by Visit Bentonville, on the Razorback Greenway inspired by the natural elements found along the Buffalo National River and the Bentonville man behind saving it, Dr. Neil Compton. Learn more about this history in the Dr. Compton Exhibit Room at Compton Gardens & Arboretum, free and open to the public Monday – Friday (8am – 5pm).

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March 28th – April 1st (7:30am – 3:30pm)

Dr. Compton Native Tree & Plant Sale

Grow your own native garden using native plant varieties from our annual sale. All proceeds benefit the Peel Compton Foundation, furthering our mission to connect the community through nature, education, recreation and preservation.

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March 17th

Documentary Premiere
First River: How Arkansas Saved a National Treasure

Watch the premiere of a new documentary exploring the Buffalo’s designation as the first National River in 1972. The viewing will take place at Skylight Cinema. Tickets are free; registration required.

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Dr. Compton Photography

Immerse yourself in the Ozarks with original prints from Dr. Neil Compton.

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