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The Edgemont House, located at 257 Skyline Drive, in the Historic Park Hill neighborhood of North Little Rock is the private palatial garden estate and home of Chris H. Olsen. Built in 1927 and listed on the National Historic Register, this Spanish Colonial house is known locally as the historic Justin Matthews, Jr. House.

With a gorgeous view of the Little Rock city skyline, The Edgemont House is now open for group tours, private receptions, corporate functions and portrait sessions. The house is available for a four (4) hour rental period or as a per-person fee option for tours, meals and seminars.

Occupying an elevated site where Skyline Drive intersects with Link and Dooley Streets in North Little Rock’s historic Park Hill neighborhood, The Edgemont House is a large architect- designed example of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style. As such, it is an especially important resource in the Greater Little Rock area where few large-scale examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture are found. Designed in 1927 by Little Rock architect Max F. Mayer, the house exhibits all of the major characteristics associated with the Spanish Colonial Revival style: tile roof, stucco walls, wrought iron grillework and arched doors and windows. More particularly, the house falls into what is sometimes termed as the “Mediterranean” style of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Evidence of these influences include the sophisticated use of arches, both inside and outside, as well as the presence of casement windows, cantilevered balconies, an interior courtyard and a sunken living room.

Agenda

Oct
20
Sat
How do you Jhemajang? @ Plantopia
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am

“Jhemajang” is Chris H. Olsen’s made-up word, which means “the art of mixing it up!” If you love Chris’ eclectic style mixing vintage and modern, vibrant colors and monotones and all of it mixed with plethora of plants, this is the seminar for you! Learn from Chris himself how to “jhemajang” for fabulous results.
Reservations required, as space is limited.
501-812-5900
Tickets: https://www.plantopianlr.com/tickets/.

Oct
27
Sat
Autumn and Winter Delights @ Botanica Gardens
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Be delighted as Chris H. Olsen shows you how to make your potted containers shine with color and texture from fall through winter. Who says you can’t have lush blooming pots in the winter! Chris will show you what to plant and how to plant it. His design tips will leave you inspired and ready to give you that “What the What!” Fall and Winter look!
Tickets: https://www.botanicagardens.com/tickets.

Nov
17
Sat
Outrageous Wreaths @ Plantopia
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am

Evergreen branches and garlands once served as symbols of enduring life and a fruitful year to come. Join Plantopia’s own flower girl, Hannah Allen (@haflowergal) to learn how to create your own elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from the garden. Using a gorgeous array of colors and textures, Hannah will show you how to incorporate both real and “forever” plants, flowers and decorative items into your own personal “outrageous” wreath for the season (and other occasions, too!)
Reservations required, as space is limited.
501-812-5900
Tickets: https://www.plantopianlr.com/tickets/.

Nov
24
Sat
Say it with Holiday Style @ Botanica Gardens
Nov 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Join Chris H. Olsen, Sarah Carr and Angie Sunderman, Botanica Garden’s design team, as they entertain you with fabulous and unique ideas to make your holiday season a very, very festive one. From the outside to the inside, your home will be ready for the holidays with great tips and a few design secrets.
Tickets: https://www.botanicagardens.com/tickets.

Nov
25
Sun
Hello Holidays Kick-off Party @ Plantopia
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Treat yourself to a one of a kind Holiday Garden Party. Join Chris H. Olsen and the Plantopia staff as they say “HELLO” to the Holidays! Grab a drink or two, listen to the smooth sounds of Brian Nahlen, and sample yummy cookies and candies. This open house is sure to put you in the Holiday spirit!
Reservations required, as space is limited.
501-812-5900
Tickets: https://www.plantopianlr.com/tickets/.

Nov
30
Fri
DAY 1: Holidayfest: A Night to Remember @ The Edgemont House
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Ring in the season at The Edgemont House, the private palatial garden estate of Chris H. Olsen. The historic Spanish Colonial Revival home will be adorned with holiday décor from days gone by complemented by a few contemporary elements in rich tones of gold, silver and blue.

The house will be open for three magical days of tours and holiday shopping! Sip on hot cider and nibble on delicious homemade Christmas cookies while you shop our holiday market for that perfect Christmas gift and maybe find a treasure or two for yourself.

DAY 1: A Night to Remember

Candlelight Tour & Cocktail Party

Friday, November 30th • 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm • $35/person

Join Chris H. Olsen for a special cocktail party and Christmas Candlelight Tour of The Edgemont House. As you walk through the house, Chris will regale you with stories from the past and share the history of each and every room. What a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the home, appreciating and understanding the past! Specialty Holiday drinks full of cheer and delectable homemade desserts will round out this amazing evening.

DAYS 2 & 3: Tours and Shopping

Saturday, December 1st
10 am to 2 pm
$25/person

Sunday, December 2nd
11 am to 2 pm
$25/person

Any ticket may be used to revisit either Saturday or Sunday. No refunds.

Dec
1
Sat
DAY 2: Holidayfest: Tours and Shopping @ The Edgemont House
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ring in the season at The Edgemont House, the private palatial garden estate of Chris H. Olsen. The historic Spanish Colonial Revival home will be adorned with holiday décor from days gone by complemented by a few contemporary elements in rich tones of gold, silver and blue.

The house will be open for three magical days of tours and holiday shopping! Sip on hot cider and nibble on delicious homemade Christmas cookies while you shop our holiday market for that perfect Christmas gift and maybe find a treasure or two for yourself.

DAY 1: A Night to Remember

Candlelight Tour & Cocktail Party

Friday, November 30th • 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm • $35/person

Join Chris H. Olsen for a special cocktail party and Christmas Candlelight Tour of The Edgemont House. As you walk through the house, Chris will regale you with stories from the past and share the history of each and every room. What a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the home, appreciating and understanding the past! Specialty Holiday drinks full of cheer and delectable homemade desserts will round out this amazing evening.

DAYS 2 & 3: Tours and Shopping

Saturday, December 1st
10 am to 2 pm
$25/person

Sunday, December 2nd
11 am to 2 pm
$25/person

Any ticket may be used to revisit either Saturday or Sunday. No refunds.

Dec
2
Sun
DAY 3: Holidayfest: Tours and Shopping @ The Edgemont House
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ring in the season at The Edgemont House, the private palatial garden estate of Chris H. Olsen. The historic Spanish Colonial Revival home will be adorned with holiday décor from days gone by complemented by a few contemporary elements in rich tones of gold, silver and blue.

The house will be open for three magical days of tours and holiday shopping! Sip on hot cider and nibble on delicious homemade Christmas cookies while you shop our holiday market for that perfect Christmas gift and maybe find a treasure or two for yourself.

DAY 1: A Night to Remember

Candlelight Tour & Cocktail Party

Friday, November 30th • 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm • $35/person

Join Chris H. Olsen for a special cocktail party and Christmas Candlelight Tour of The Edgemont House. As you walk through the house, Chris will regale you with stories from the past and share the history of each and every room. What a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the home, appreciating and understanding the past! Specialty Holiday drinks full of cheer and delectable homemade desserts will round out this amazing evening.

DAYS 2 & 3: Tours and Shopping

Saturday, December 1st
10 am to 2 pm
$25/person

Sunday, December 2nd
11 am to 2 pm
$25/person

Any ticket may be used to revisit either Saturday or Sunday. No refunds.

May
6
Mon
The Federated Garden Clubs of CT Tour
May 6 – May 11 all-day
  • Guided Tours of Little Rock and Bentonville
  • Tour and Lunch at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm
  • Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
  • Capitol Rose Gardens
  • Tour and dinner at the Edgemont House with garden and lifestyle guru, Chris Olsen
  • 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with tour and dinner
  • Five & Dime, the Wal-Mart visitor center with exhibits
  • Compton Gardens
  • The Peel Mansion & Heritage Gardens and lunch – Private Garden Tour

For information including a detailed itinerary, fees and how to register, see the brochure here.

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Whether it’s a lifestyle or gardening seminar with Chris, your daughter’s wedding reception, a corporate cocktail party or a group tour on a 55-passenger bus, the entertaining opportunities at The Edgemont House are endless! With over 6,000 sq. ft of space under roof (and six bathrooms!) The Edgemont House can accommodate groups from 25 to 250 and anywhere in between. The interiors, designed by Kevin Green Design Firm, inspire both awe and amazement in every room of the house. The enclosed courtyard, portico, gravel Oak alley and formal gardens are landscaped and planted in the most unique and colorful way…as only Chris H. Olsen can do…(remember, it IS his personal home!) From the minute you step into The Edgemont House you will be transported to another time and era: when homes were grand and parties were even grander. Chris seamlessly melds historic architecture with modern design.

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Chris H. Olsen

Landscape Designer, Chris H. Olsen, attended Oxford University in England, studying landscape architecture, landscape principals, and philosophy and also graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in business. Chris has over 30 years of landscape architecture and interior design experience. Chris is the owner of Botanica Gardens in Little Rock and Plantopia Home & Garden Center, which is North Little Rock’s newest nursery and garden destination location. Chris has been active in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation—designing and installing the landscape for the “Build for a Cure” Projects in Little Rock and the first “Build for a Cure” house in the United States. In addition, he is active in the Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, Wildwood of Performing Arts, the Hope Foundation, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, and the Arkansas Lung Association – just to name a few.

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