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Gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith is on the cover of the new edition of Living in Arkansas.

The 2012 edition of Living in Arkansas magazine is available on newsstands now and digitally at

Gracing the cover is celebrated gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith, host of the television shows P. Allen Smith Gardens and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home. He’s written numerous gardening books, and most recently, a cookbook that focuses on using fresh locally-grown ingredients. He’s a regular contributor on NBC’s Today Show and has been featured in national magazines including House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Learn why he chose Arkansas to grow his agrarian empire.

Arkansas’ fertile soil is just one of the things we brag about. Discover 12 more things Arkansans find brag-worthy, peruse a series of breathtaking photos of Arkansas’ natural beauty and learn more about the state’s six distinct regions.

If you have an appetite for adventure, you’ve come to the right place. No matter where in Arkansas you choose to retire or relocate, there’s a guaranteed adventure around every corner. Check out our top 10 list of must-take Arkansas adventures, sure to please every personality.

Arkansas is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene, as demonstrated by its numerous art galleries, theaters and museums. Learn more about the new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville and its executive director, Don Bacigalupi, in the Meet the Neighbors section.

In addition to Bacigalupi, you’ll meet five more of your new neighbors from around the state including Scott Watkins of El Dorado, Dr. Gohar Azhar of Little Rock, Bill and Gayle Page of Maumelle, Brianne Connelly of Lake Village and Dr. Fitz Hill of Little Rock.

And if you love to play golf, Arkansas is a great place to refine your game. The Natural State Golf Trail features 15 courses at 13 locations, many of which are also on or near great retirement communities.

You can read about these particular communities and more in our Best Places to Retire in Arkansas special promotional section. No matter what type of home you’re seeking, Arkansas offers a community that will fit the bill.

This year’s edition also includes detailed health care and education guides, so you can easily find quality health care or further your education once you get settled.

An information guide in the back -- featuring information on everything from attractions and communities to healthcare and real estate -- ensures you have all the pertinent information right at your fingertips.