P Allen Smith Biography
P Allen Smith full name Paul Allen Smith, is an author, television host, entrepreneur, conservationist and lifestyle expert. He is the host of three television programs, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home and P. Allen Smith’s Garden to Table, as well as the syndicated show P. Allen Smith Gardens.
The Garden Club of America bestowed him with their Medal of Honor and made him an honorary member. He is a Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, on the Board of Trustees at Winterthur, and former board member of the Royal Oak Society. Allen speaks regularly about design and is often featured in a wide variety of national publications.
P Allen Smith graduated in 1979 from Little Rock’s McClellan High School. He proceeded to Hendrix College to major in biology, with plans of becoming a veterinarian. He received a Rotary International Scholarship to the University of Manchester in England to study garden history and design. While at the University of Manchester in England, he also studied English gardens that had been visited by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century.
On returning to Little Rock from England, Smith entered the nursery and garden design business with his family. He also became a private tour guide to European gardens and began teaching gardening workshops at a nursery his mother had bought. That led to a regular appearance on a local radio show, which led him to pitch a series of free, short gardening tips to a local television station in 1989.
In 2009, Allen founded the Heritage Poultry Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation and support of all threatened breeds and strains of domestic poultry.
Allen helped YouTube launch their home and garden channel, started publishing his own digital magazine, Garden Home Style, and rolled out his own radio program, which features interviews with experts on everything from locally grown food to historic preservation. His media company, Hortus Inc., has won several coveted Taste Awards for the nationally syndicated television shows, Garden Home and Garden to Table.
His awards and recognitions include the 2009 Arkansas Cultural Enrichment Award from the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the 2011 4-H Celebration of Excellence Award, the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America, Garden Communicator Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), Horticultural Communicator Award from the American Horticultural Society (AHS), and the Odyssey Award from the Hendrix College Board of Trustees honoring the achievements of Hendrix College alumni.
P Allen Smith Age
P Allen Smith was born on 12 March 1960 in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, and raised in McMinnville, Tennessee.
P Allen Smith Family
Smith was born as the oldest of four children. His great-great-grandmother Foster lived in Lonoke (Lonoke County). His parents met in his mother’s home town of Little Rock while his father was in the U.S. Air Force. The family left Arkansas for McMinnville, Tennessee, in the Cumberland Mountains, where his father’s family had farmed for several generations and also operated an ornamental plant business.
P Allen Smith Spouse – P Allen Smith Wife
P Allen Smith does not have a wife nor children.
P Allen Smith Garden Home
A wealthy Little Rock couple, Gloria and Gaston Gibson, helped Mr. Smith start a production company, and soon he had his 90-second gardening segments on the Weather Channel. That led to a syndicated show in 2000, “P. Allen Smith’s Gardens,” largely shot at his historic Little Rock home, the first property he bought and embellished with a series of garden rooms.
That show led to a public television show, “P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home,” named after his first book.
P Allen Smith Boyfriend
He is rumored to be gay, a rumor which has never been confirmed.
P Allen Smith Net Worth
P Allen Smith has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
P Allen Smith Personal Life
P Allen Smith professes to be an introvert and not at all interested in being on television.
P Allen Smith Wedding
Moss Mountain Farm is an outdoor, garden wedding and corporate retreat venue within close proximity of Little Rock, AR. The farm is filled with gardens, orchards, flower conservancies, river views. On select days, the Farm is open to events, including weddings.
P Allen Smith Books
- P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home: Creating a Garden for Everyday Living (2003)
- P. Allen Smith’s Colors for the Garden: Creating Compelling Color Themes (2006)
- P. Allen Smith’s Living in the Garden Home: Connecting the Seasons with Containers, Crafts, and Celebrations (2007)
- Bringing the Garden Indoors: Containers, Crafts, and Bouquets for Every Room (2009)
- P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden (2010)
P Allen Smith Home
His Moss Mountain Farm, a stunning estate overlooking the Arkansas River a half-hour drive from Little Rock. He bought the land and has since built an environmentally friendly homestead surrounded by acres of gardens and livestock whose main structure was built to mimic an 1840s farmhouse.