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Group Health Walks - Pets and Strollers Welcome!

March 19 - June 29 2018

9 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center

Stimulate your heart and senses as you take in the beautiful grounds on organized health walks at Garvan Woodland Gardens!

  • Mondays – 3 miles in 52 minutes with fitness buff Sharon Turrentine
  • Wednesdays – 2+ miles at a comfortable, conversational pace led by artist Dee Garrett
  • Fridays – 2+ miles at a challenging pace, alongside nature enthusiast Ginger Ladehoff
Free Members | $15 Non-members | No reservations required!

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

April 5 - June 28 2018

Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Great Lawn & Garvan Pavilion

Join Oaklawn Center on Aging to learn this ancient, low impact practice that increases flexibility, balance, and strength. Loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable footwear are recommended.

Free Members | $15 Non-Members | Non-Member Special: advance purchase pass $30 for any five sessions in the GardenShop | No reservations required

Photography Exhibit by Chris Franklin

May 1 - May 31 2018

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Chris Franklin states that he, “got into photography in 2011 when a friend encouraged me to do something, ‘just for fun’. The Hot Springs Village Camera Club was going on a field trip to Petit Jean that weekend, and invited me along. I have always loved the outdoors, and Petit Jean is one of my favorite places in Arkansas. After that first field trip I was hooked.”

His primary focus is nature and wild life photography. He also loves action photos, like the home stretch at Oaklawn.

In his everyday life, Franklin serves as Vice President at Bobby Brown Private Wealth Advisors in Hot Springs.

Art exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

Landscape for Life

May 3 - May 31 2018

Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Magnolia Room

Landscape for Life is a class designed to encourage participants to embrace sustainable practices while improving or developing a property. Over this five-session series, each participant will produce a design project with assistance and guidance from instructors. Local industry professionals serve as guest speakers as the class navigates the curriculum found at

$50 Individual | $65 Couple Doing Project Together | Reservations required |  Register online or call 800-366-4664

Children's Art Days

May 5 - June 2 2018

May 5 and June 2
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Weyerhaeurser Bonsai Learning Center

Ginger Ladehoff, a talented local artist and nature enthusiast, teaches art to children at the Gardens. Ladehoff provides individualized instruction, teaching various painting techniques while allowing the students to draw inspiration from the beauty of the Gardens. Children under 8 years of age require parental supervision during the class. Students will leave with finished works of art.

$20 per child per class | Reservations required | Class sizes are limited | Register online or call 800-366-4664

2018 Docent Class Schedule

May 8 - December 18 2018

Classes will meet in the Welcome Center and tour respective garden areas.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Docent training classes are designed to prepare (and refresh) individuals to serve as volunteer tour-guides. Participants may join these free classes at any time.

  • March 13 – Orientation & History
  • March 27 – Spring Bulbs (including tulips)
  • April 10 – Garden of the Pine Wind
  • April 24 – Ferns & Shade Tolerant Plants
  • May 8 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve (focus on native species)
  • June 5 – Summer Annuals
  • July 10* – Flowering Border (revised date)
  • July 17 – Perry Wildflower Meadow
  • October 16 – Japanese Maple Hill & Woodland Walk
  • November 6 – Mums & Winter Annuals
  • December 18 – Winter Interest
Please call (501) 262-9300 to register for all classes or Register Online | Registration Required | Online registration requires a separate ticket for each class desired | Class space is limited

June Art Exhibit: "Ouachita Artists"

June 1 - June 30 2018

9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Magnolia Room

Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio is a working gallery and studio with active and supporting members. Founded in 2011, Ouachita Artists mission statement is: to share ideas and techniques through conducting informative demonstrations, to further the appreciation of creative art in the community and sustain a physical gallery for the community by providing venues for display of many art forms and by using our local artists and programs to inspire, educate and expose people to the joys of art.

Ouachita Artists classes, demos, and ARTrageous nights have steadily gained in popularity. Come out and see what they have to share during the month of June at Garvan.

The show is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Bonsai Essentials Series - Techniques and Summer Care

June 2 - August 4 2018

First Saturdays in Summer: June 2, July 7 & August 4
10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Garvan Horticulturist Bryan Carlan presents a review of seasonal care, tips, and techniques for budding Bonsai gardeners. Bryan will demonstrate best practices for ensuring a healthy and attractive specimen.

Free Members | Regular admission Non-members | Reserve Online or call 800-366-4664 | Please submit a separate online reservation for each class desired

Horticulture "Minnie" Series Container Garden Make & Take

June 12 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Garvan Horticulturist Minnie Shelor’s three-part series culminates in this final workshop, during which participants will create a container garden. Students will need to bring one large container and some seasonal color to use and share with the class (one 6-pack is plenty to use and share). Attendance to part 2 of the series (April 17, 2018) is a pre-requisite.

$20 Members | $35 Non-members each class | Participants may bring their own materials | Reservations required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Fly Fishing 101

June 16 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters presents an introductory class for the beginner fly-fisher. Following a brief discussion of commonly used flies, participants will be instructed in proper casting technique.

$20 per person | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664 | Class size is limited

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