Donna E. Porter


Donna Porter has a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas and was the founder and first Executive Director of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.

Over the last 20 years, she has resided in Costa Rica for the majority of time and has had her life graced by an "adopted" family with four young children.

Aside from two botanical trail guides, this is her first book - with a second underway.

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them,  but I can look up,
see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.” 

-Louisa May Alcott

After 40+ years of working in horticulture and with botanical gardens, I have decided to write my story/memoir of my path into this field and how that evolved into a passion that led me to start the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. 

My hope is that my book serves to inspire others to follow their dreams and desires, no matter how challenging they seem and how little one has to start that journey with, because usually - where there is a will, there is a way.  Let determination be your driving force.  

Your dream may not turn out exactly as you plan (they rarely do), but if you give it your best shot, then your story - will be your glory.  It took me 22 years to realize that.  Delving back into my past has not only been self-revealing, but enormously empowering.



Book Launch 

Sunday, April 16, 2023

2:00 - 5:00pm

The Faubus House

Huntsville, Arkansas


Book Signing

Sunday, April 23, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Pearl's Books

off the

Fayetteville Square 


Book signing

Saturday, May 13, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Barnes & Noble

Fayetteville, AR

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