Dr. Compton

Native Garden Competition

A county-wide friendly competition encouraging creative use of native plants in your home garden

I challenge you to step forward to protect and care for the wild places you love best” – Dr. Neil Compton. Join us for this exciting challenge to bring more Benton County native gardens to life.


  • Registration: $20 to register your “Native Influenced” or “All Native” garden. See below for additional guidelines.
  • Registration closes: Friday May 14, 2021
  • Garden Photo submissions due: May 28th, 2021
  • Garden Judging: May/June
  • Winners announced: August 2021


  • Native Influenced: Creative use of native species alongside your established home garden. (Minimum 5 different native species)
  • All Native: A garden using entirely native plants. Can be adjacent or on the same property to other non-native home gardens you may manage.

Additional Details:

  • Open to Benton County residents. This competition is for amateur, home-based gardeners, submissions of professional landscape work are not eligible. The garden is to be planted on competitor’s own property. All sizes welcome. The gardener does not have to be present for judging.
  • Photo submission: All participants will be asked to submit at least 5 photos of their garden to programs@peelcompton.org by May 28th, 2021. Additional details on submission will be communicated to competitors after registration.

Upcoming Events

While our stunning venues are available to book all year long, we also host a colorful calendar of our own events as well! Learn more about our museum and garden tours, children’s storytime, native tree and plant sales, history day, holiday celebrations, and more.

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Peel Mansion & Heritage Gardens

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Compton Gardens & Arboretum

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Coler Mountain
Bike Preserve

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Osage Park

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