Compton Gardens & Arboretum

Oasis in the heart of Downtown Bentonville

All are welcome at Compton Gardens and Arboretum, a greenspace paradise in the heart of Downtown Bentonville. This stunningly peaceful sanctuary of over six acres celebrates the rich history of Ozark horticulture, including the conservation efforts of Dr. Neil Compton who led the fight to save the Buffalo River. Visitors at Compton Gardens will discover lively woodlands, Champion Trees, native plants, and impressive greenery. Experience the magic of Compton Gardens and Arboretum by foot or by bike and enjoy nature and art on the trails.

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The Gardens & Arboretum

Visitors at Compton Gardens will enjoy native plants, champion trees, and impressive greenery. Free to visit, open sunrise to sunset.

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Dr. Neil Compton

Dr. Neil Compton is an inspirational figure in Northwest Arkansas. He not only helped to establish the Buffalo River as the first National River, but was also inspired by the native plants found along the Buffalo to create his own native garden!

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Dr. Neil Compton Exhibit Room

Learn the history behind Dr. Neil Compton’s fight to save the Buffalo River. This exhibit room is located in Dr. Neil Compton’s original family home!

Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

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Compton Gardens and Arboretum offers a variety of rental spaces to suit your needs. We have two board rooms for business or private meetings with state-of-the-art technology, and the Garden Room is also available for your next celebration.

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