P. Allen Smith has resided in England, Arkansas and Tennessee. Smith was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but was raised in McMinnville, Tennessee. He currently lives in the historic Quapaw Quarter of Little Rock in a transplanted 1904 Colonial Revival Cottage called Garden Home.
Smith has also resided in Conway, Arkansas, where he attended Hendrix College. While there, he received a Rotary International Scholarship and subsequently studied history and garden design at the University of Manchester in England. Smith also operates the Heritage Poultry Conservancy at his other home in the Arkansas River Valley, Moss Mountain Farm, also known as The Garden Home Retreat.