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September Photography Exhibit: Tim Gorman "America's Beauty"

September 1 - September 30 2017

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

Arkansas native and resident of Saint Francis County, photographer Tim Gorman will present a collection of pristine photographic images displaying America’s Beauty. The exhibit is a splendid collection from across America: from the Olympic Peninsula to the East Coast, plus his favorite Arkansas images. The collection highlights National and State Parks including Glacier, Olympic, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend.

Gorman’s main interests are in making archival fine art landscape, wildlife, macro, floral, and nature images on canvas and metallic medium. He is continually upgrading his photographic nature stock of images across the America, some of which were taken in the Hot Springs area.

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

Group Trail Run

September 5 - October 31 2017

Tuesdays this fall
Meet in Parking Lot at 5:45 p.m.

Runners of all paces are invited to join a Garvan group run this fall. Woodland trails provide routes of 3–5 miles, with mild to moderate elevation change. This run is open to the community, so come check out the beauty of Garvan Gardens and bring your running buddies!

No Reservations Required | Call 800-366-4664 for more information

Casual Health Walks

September 7 - November 16 2017

Thursdays this fall
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Meet in the Welcome Center

Explore the beautiful grounds of Garvan Gardens, while promoting your own health! Join local hiking enthusiast Dee Garret on 1 – 2 mile hikes throughout the gardens. These hikes will be held at a comfortable, conversational pace. Comfortable clothes appropriate for weather and good walking shoes are recommended.

Members Free or with Regular Admission | No Reservations Required

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

September 7 - November 16 2017

Thursdays this fall
Great Lawn, Check in at Welcome Center
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

It’s beautiful and good for you. Join Oaklawn Center on Aging to learn this ancient, low impact practice that increases flexibility, balance, and strength. Loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Members Free or with Regular Admission | SPECIAL: $30 any five sessions | Must pre-register to utilize special rate | Call 800-366-4664 for more information

Advanced Health Walks

September 11 - November 13 2017

Mondays this fall
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Meet in the Welcome Center

Stimulate your heart and senses with health walks at Garvan Woodland Gardens! Fitness buff Sharon Turrentine will challenge you on exhilarating 3-mile hikes along various garden landscapes. With a different route each Monday, you will get your week off to a great start! Comfortable clothes appropriate for weather and good walking shoes are recommended.

Members Free or with Regular Admission | No Reservations Required

2017 Docent Training

September 19 - November 14 2017

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Welcome Center

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.

  • September 26 – Early Fall Interest
  • October 24 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve
  • November 7 – Fall & Winter Interest
Free Members | Registration Required | Call 800-366-4664 or Register Online | Each class must be reserved separately online

Watercolors in the Garden

September 28 

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Back by popular demand! Watercolorist Cynthia Schanink will teach a floral paint-along class, with peonies as the subject. The instructor will provide a drawing for participants to trace onto watercolor paper. No experience is required for this workshop, which is geared toward beginner artists. Cynthia will demonstrate each step to a finished painting for participants to take home in less than three hours. All materials are provided.

$44 Members | $60 Non-Members | Class size limited, sign up early! | Register online or call 800-366-4664

October Photography Exhibit: Susan Julie Gonzales "Tree Creatures"

October 1 - October 31 2017

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily,  Magnolia Room

Susan Julie Gonzales’ photography career has been motivated by a love for all things natural and a strong sense of the spiritual in the universe. These guiding principles have led her to develop an amazing portfolio of tree images she calls “Creaturas Arbóreas—Tree Creatures.”
The images of faces and living creatures in the bark of trees may cause one, as Susan says, “to never see trees the same way again.” Susan’s first “Creatura Arbórea—Tree Creature” was “El Feto - The Fetus.” The collection has grown to over one hundred completed images in both silver gelatin (traditional darkroom) and digital work. Susan has shown her photography in California and Arkansas.

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

Tree ID Lecture and Hike - CLASS FULL

October 2 

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Magnolia Room & Garden Trails

Dr. Victor Ford, Interim Associate Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources presents a lecture on tree identification. Participants will learn techniques for identifying trees in our region, and then put those skills to use on a hike through the Hixson Nature Preserve.

"Landscape for Life" Series

October 2 - October 30 2017

Mondays in October
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Magnolia Room & Millsap Bride's Hall

This course will be completed over the 5 consecutive Mondays in October. “Landscape for Life was developed to provide training to homeowners on sustainable gardening practices. It is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™). SITES™ is a collaborative effort between the United States Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.” source:

Space is limited and reserved for Garvan Woodland Gardens members | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

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