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Canceled | Garden Week Kickoff

South Lawn Walker Landing
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Due to impacts from the recent severe weather, this event has been canceled.

the monarch waystation at crystal bridges featuring a dirt path through gardens of green plants and purple milkweed
The Monarch Waystation at Crystal Bridges is located on the South Lawn (across the path from Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture).

Kick off National Garden Week with a day full of programming at Crystal Bridges! Join us at 11 a.m. for a trail walk with Outdoor Experience Manager Samantha Best as she discusses the plants of Crystal Bridges. Then stop by Walker Landing at 1 p.m. to learn about composting from our trails and grounds team members. Drop by the South Lawn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to hear from some local NWA garden clubs and Master Naturalists about their organizations and their memories in the garden and to create some garden-themed crafts.

Free, no tickets required. Drop by anytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


About the Speaker

Samantha Best, Landscape and Outdoor Experience Manager, started a landscape architecture and construction company with her husband which she would run for 18 years. Within this role, Samantha honed her skills in understanding how people use outdoor space, worked to educate her clients about environmental stewardship and sustainable landscape practices, and brought unique design solutions to the landscapes of hundreds of clients. As a builder, Samantha was steeped in the practicalities and details of landscape construction.

Samantha Best Headshot

In 2020, Samantha and her family discovered Northwest Arkansas on a summer road trip, a journey that would change the trajectory of her career, ultimately leading to her current role at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Here, Samantha combines her knowledge of designing with nature and her love for storytelling to activate the museum’s outdoor spaces in ways that educate and inspire guests to take an active role as environmental stewards in their daily lives. In addition to her role at Crystal Bridges, Samantha is a board member of Friends of Hobbs, a city planning commissioner for Rogers, AR, an Arkansas Master Naturalist, and a member of the Arkansas Environmental Education Association.