May 12, 2020
First Community Bank hosted a Taste of Moss Mountain Farm featuring gardening expert P. Allen Smith this weekend at UACCB’s Independence Hall to a crowd of more than 500. The event was an effort of the “Bloom with Us” program, a statewide initiative between Smith and First Community Bank to beautify communities while raising awareness of the benefits of pollinator gardens and encouraging others to plant their own.
“The Chairman and CEO of First Community Bank, Dale Cole, is a visionary who is passionate about the health of our region.” said P. Allen Smith. “That is why I am excited to work with First Community Bank. They are making important investments to improve the health of pollinators across the Arkansas and Missouri region.”
Smith wowed the eager crowd with slides featuring his home and gardens at Moss Mountain just outside Little Rock. He covered a plethora of fall-themed gardening and decorating guidelines, giving advice on which plants he deemed top performers. He created two floral arrangements in pumpkins that he later gave away much to the delight of the masses. Drawings were held for a pollinator garden kit, a trip to Moss Mountain Farm, several P. Allen Smith cookbooks and recipe cards.
The evening was rounded out with a cooking demonstration with Smith and local restaurant owner Natalie Cox, to share with the crowd recipes and samples for a cranberry pecan rice salad, Smith’s famed Aunt Jamie’s cookies, buttermilk pecan pie tartlets and citrus tea.
“As a company we truly believe in giving back to the communities in which we live, and we were so pleased to have P. Allen Smith visit and share his vast knowledge of gardening, decorating and cooking with our community,” said Dale Cole, CEO, First Community Bank. “I’d also like to note that the wonderful butterfly sculpture seen on stage during the event was done by local sculptor, John Ellis. We will be bringing his sculptures to each of our pollinator gardens and invite everyone out to enjoy them.”
Smith has designed and installed pollinator gardens at over 20 First Community Bank locations throughout Arkansas with one extending into Pineville, MO. To visit a garden near you, please click here
for a location guide and more information about the “Bloom with Us” program.
Links to P. Allen Smith's recipes from the event:
Cranberry Pecan Rice Salad