About The Farm and Its House and Gardens
The Farm and House. Nixon Farm is a 200-acre fourth-generation farm located in what is now roughly the center of Jacksonville, Arkansas, about 15 miles north of downtown Little Rock. Dana Daniels Nixon and her husband, Wally (whose great-grandparents bought the place around 1900), built a “new” farmhouse and moved from Little Rock to the farm in 1985; they immediately began constructing gardens on several acres around the house. In 1994, having “retired” from law practice in Little Rock, Dana began selling flowers to local floral designers and in 1995 expanded the flowers to a “farm” garden in addition to the more formally sited “house” gardens.
The house, constructed of narrow cypress siding that has grayed naturally, contains approximately 2300 square feet on the first floor, plus 1500 square feet of covered and screened porches and patio, and is exceptionally well designed for dinners and cocktail parties, as well as for retreats and meetings. It was intentionally constructed to look and feel old, to mix better with the other original farm buildings, and contains a fascinating assortment of antique windows and doors, brick floors, and wainscoting of cypress cut from the farm. There is a beautiful wet bar constructed of walnut and cypress from the farm at the rear of the living room with double doors leading to the screened back porch. Double doors also open to this porch from the dining room, which seats 10 at its antique table.
The site is hidden several hundred feet back into the property, so that most folks don't even know the magical place exists on one of the main roads in the city! The circular drive winds through a grove of old hardwoods and past the original farmhouse, constructed from approximately 1865 through the 1940’s. It is now used as a drying shed and hopefully will someday be restored as an office or perhaps a bed and breakfast cottage.
The Gardens. The house gardens include the backyard garden with a vine-covered pergola and central fountain; the east “round garden” with a central bog pond; the entry garden with a large naturalized pond area. Other garden areas are available for photography but not party rental. We now limit rentals to 150 guests.
The gardens are ever changing and will never be finished, at least according to Dana and her crew. However, bloom time generally begins in March with bulbs (daffodils, tulips and narcissus), forsythia and fruit tree blossoms, continue through spring with flowering shrubs and trees, roses, peonies, dianthus and various wildflowers. Summer flowers begin approximately in June and continue through August; they include practically everything that will grow in central Arkansas and do well as a cut flower. Fall brings Sweet Annie, asters, goldenrod, marvelous salvias and chrysanthemums to mix with still blooming summer flowers.