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"Mystic Creatures" 2014: Topiary Art Meets Imagination

June 1 - August 31 2014

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, Garden Grounds

Garvan Woodland Gardens is pleased to present Mystic Creatures, a 2014 summer extravaganza showcasing the newest trends in the ancient and celebrated art of topiary.

Remember those childhood fantasies of magical journeys to amazing lands full of mythic beasts and strange companions? This summer, enter just such an enchanted world of Mystic Creatures during the Gardens’ biggest and most exciting summer exhibit ever. Three major topiary pieces will be on display at the Floating Cloud Bridge, Promenade, and Pavilion areas. A fourth might move around from time to time, so you’ll have to look and see where he’s hiding on each visit.

Mystic Creatures is a cooperative project of the Gardens in-house design and fabrication teams and the Landscape Architecture Department in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Designs were developed by garden landscape architects and U of A students, who studied design, plant materials, and structural systems required to create living sculptures.

Not really topiaries at all, Mystic Creatures are living sculptures based on a modern technique called mosaiculture. This art form combines centuries-old formal European parterres of clipped shrubs and annuals with the vertical character, size, and three dimensional form of traditional topiary figures. The resulting pieces feature carefully manicured plants covering structural steel frames that tower over visitors, wind through lawns and plantings, and ‘walk’ through the forest.

Let the Fairy Gourdmother welcome you to this magical menagerie populated by a Magical Sea Serpent, the ‘Shroom Family, a Fairy Village, and even Sasquatch, who’ll be hiding to see if you can find him. It’s a wonderful way to relive memories and make some new ones with the family.

Members free, $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 0-5

August Art Exhibit: "America's Splendid Nature" by Tim Gorman

August 1 - August 31 2014

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

Arkansas native and resident of Forrest City, Photographer Tim Gorman will be presenting a selection from his collection of pristine photographic images entitled “America’s Splendid Nature”. The exhibit is a splendid collection from nature and floral beauty across America: Colorado, Wyoming, the East Coast, the Smokies, and his favorite, Arkansas. The selection highlights the beauty of nature, wild flower and floral color across the country. Many were taken from Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs.

Tim’s professional photography career began in the ‘80’s working for several professional studios in Fort Smith, AR, taking weddings, proms, portraits, sports and nature. He has since done much architectural, aerial and commercial photography. He has studied with well-known Arkansas photographers Tim Ernst and Matt Bradley. Tim has also studied with well-known wedding photographer Bambi Cantrell, from Los Angeles who is a photographer of the celebrities. He has been published in many construction and architectural magazines, plus the Arkansas Bride.

Tim has shot with 35mm, medium format and 4x5-inch film cameras, but now shoots exclusively with digital. A longtime darkroom nut, these days he is most interested in the "digital darkroom", working on his photographs in the daylight of his home studio in the country. His main interests are in making archival fine art floral, landscape and nature prints on the most current high-end printers, and continually developing his photographic talents.

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

Anthony Chapel Closed for Maintenance

August 11 - August 22 2014

8 a.m. - 10 p.m., August 11-21
8 a.m. - 3 p.m., August 22

To maintain our world class facilities, Anthony Chapel will be closed beginning Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8 a.m. through Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3 p.m. for routine maintenance and cleaning. The nature of this project will require that no one but authorized personnel will be allowed to enter during this time.

Thank you

September Art Exhibit: "Ouachita Artists"

September 1 - September 30 2014

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

Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio is a working gallery and studio with 76 active and supporting members. Candles, cards, crystal works, fiber arts, gourd art, jams and jellies, jewelry, novaculite nail files, knives, whetstones; oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, pastels, pottery, photography, quilts, sculpture, soap and skincare items, wood bowls, cutting and pastry boards, gliders and swings, rolling pins, shelves, stools and tops will be offered for view and sale.

Founded in 2011, Ouachita Artists mission statement is: to share ideas and information, encourage young people, provide venues for display and appreciation of art, conduct informative demonstrations, share knowledge of techniques, support one another's efforts, and further the appreciation of creative art in the community. Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio offers classes to all age groups, and conducts monthly programs by regional artists on a variety of subjects.

The website is, and Facebook at Ouachita Artists. Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio is located at 135 S. West St., Mount Ida, AR. Hours are Tues-Sat. 10:00-3:00; Friday 10:00-6:00. For more information call: (870) 867-3115.

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

Fall in the Woodlands

September 1 - October 31 2014

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

It’s the most colorful time of the year at Garvan, when Japanese maples are in full color and the hardwood forest glows in autumn’s light. Thousands of vibrant annuals and perennials, including our annual mum fest will be the show-stoppers in our fall garden.

Members Free | $10 adults | $5 ages 6-12 | Free ages 0-5

Health Walks

September 1 - November 18 2014

Mondays | 9:00 a.m. | 3 miles (Intermediate fitness level)
Tuesdays | 9:00 a.m. | 1 mile (Beginner fitness level)

Join veteran walkers and nature lovers Sharon Turrentine and Paula Wallace for a fitness walk through the Gardens each Monday or Tuesday morning. Get your exercise, enjoy beautiful scenery, and smell the roses all in one exhilarating outing. It’s fun and it’s good for you! Wear good walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire.

Members free | Non-members $10

"Seeds!" First Wednesday Children's Walk-in Program

September 3 

10 – 11:30 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Center

Bring the kids and enjoy a walk in the gardens, then stop by for some great family time learning about seeds. See all the different forms that seeds take, learn about how to grow them, and make an art project to take home.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per child plus admission. Purchase tickets online by clicking here.

Gardening 101 Workshop: "Fall is for Gardening"

September 4 

9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

Fall really is a great time to garden, with crisp, pleasant weather and cool temperatures for establishing new plantings. Learn what you should be doing and how to do it with resident landscape architect Bob Byers. Then, enjoy a tour of what’s new and some great old standbys you should be growing by Sabrina Childs of Ball Seed Company. Take advantage of Sabrina’s many years in the nursery industry and learn what plants from all those on the nursery shelf really work in the South.

Reservations Required.
Free Members | $10 Non-members | Reserve online at or call 800-366-4664.

Gardening 101 Workshop: "Something Old, Something New. Great Southern Plants"

September 4 

10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

Enjoy a tour of what’s new in the plant world with Sabrina Childs of Ball Seed Company. And, see old favorites that are still worth growing. Take advantage of Sabrina’s many years in the nursery industry and learn which plants, from all those on the shelf, really work in the South. A new favorite or two are waiting for you to discover.

Reservations Required.
Free Members | $10 Non-members | Reserve online at or call 800-366-4664.

Verna Garvan Design Study Group Flower Show

September 12 - September 14 2014

1-6 p.m. September 12, Magnolia Room
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. September 13-14, Magnolia Room

The Verna Garvan Design Study Group is sponsoring a standard flower show at the Gardens on Sept 12-14. They will be setting up on Friday, September 12, with judging on that morning before the show opens to the public. The title of the show is "Mosaics" and will feature creative designs as well as tablescapes emphasizing the Fall season. The group is cordially inviting all members and fans of flowers and Garvan Woodland Gardens to come out and enjoy the show.

Show is free and open to the public. Regular admission applies to tour the Gardens.

Members Free | $10 Non-Members | $5 ages 6-12 | Free ages 0-5

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