Arkansans tend to be of hearty stock, people who can stand up to every extreme while retaining a sense of whimsy. The artwork and structures of The Bernice Garden reflect these qualities, adding unique and understated beauty to the mix. Reflecting the nature of Arkansas and Arkansans is a must for owner/creator Anita Davis
Another must is sustainability. Every plant, artwork and amenity has a sustainable or “green” aspect. The concrete patio was originally the foundation of a fast-food restaurant previously on the site. The sculptures and other artworks are made from reusable, recycled and sustainable materials, and the canopy and cistern were designed with green materials and constructed to have a low environmental impact.
The 100 ft. by 150 ft. garden consists of landscaped areas with crushed granite foundations for artworks. The concrete patio is covered with a striking sustainable, lighted canopy that catches rainwater and funnels it into a cistern. The collected rainwater sustains the native plants, herbs, ornamental grasses, and annual and perennial flowers that flourish on the grounds.
Other amenities include benches for visitors who want to reflect, relax and reconnect, and approximately 20 free, onsite parking spaces.