Victorian elegance at the heart of Bentonville’s history.
The Heritage Gardens are comprised of two and a half rich acres and surround The Peel Mansion Museum. In addition, a Grand Lawn also surrounds both the north and south sides of The Peel Mansion, making this area even more special.
The Heritage Gardens were inspired by traditional Victorian Gardens from the late 19th century. In the 1990s, the Heritage Gardens were formalized into eight unique spaces including the Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Cutting Garden, Children’s Garden, Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, Native Plant Garden, and Apple Orchard. The original purpose of the Heritage Gardens was to provide a natural setting for The Peel Mansion and create an outdoor educational space. Today, the gardens are still used for these purposes but provide a beautiful event space as well.
Each individual garden has an intended purpose as well. For example, the Herb Garden provides herbs for cooking and pleasurable fragrances for the home. The Apple Orchard, most commonly known in its day as a kitchen orchard, is a nod to Bentonville’s original roots as an apple-growing community. The Apple Orchard features several varieties including the famous Arkansas Black.
One of the many traditions from Victorian times that continues today is the belief that the outdoor spaces of a home are extended living areas providing sunshine and outdoor pleasures. We also believe the Heritage Gardens are an extension and continuation of The Peel Mansion Museum and the surrounding gardens are a tribute to that.
Our Heritage Gardens are currently undergoing a renewal. We are replanting and updating each of the designated gardens. We have added new and expanded walkways so that each unique garden is fully accessible for all to enjoy. The Heritage Gardens are open Monday through Saturday until 4:00 p.m. and are free for the public to experience.