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Advanced Health Walks

March 2 - June 29 2015

Mondays beginning March 2 through June 29
9:00-10:00 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center Lobby

Beautiful morning strolls in an even more beautiful setting, but with a twist! Fitness buff Sharon Turrentine takes you on exhilarating 3-mile hikes through places in the Gardens most folks never see. It’s always a different route with something interesting to see and you’ll get your week off to a great start. Comfortable clothes appropriate to the weather and good walking shoes recommended. No reservations required, please join us!

Free with admission

Beginner Health Walks

March 3 - June 30 2015

Tuesdays beginning March 3 through June 30
9:00-10:00 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center Lobby

This 1-mile walk is perfect for those who want to really savor the Gardens while they get some great exercise. Garden staff members lead participants on a carefully selected course each week to get the blood pumping while enjoying whatever’s in season. Comfortable clothes appropriate to the weather and good walking shoes recommended. No reservations required, please join us!

Free with admission

May-June Art Exhibit

May 1 - June 30 2015

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

Orchids and Iris bring forth superlatives from all who behold their beauty. Both will be exquisitely brought to life in Jamie Kirkell’s exhibition “Iris and Orchids in The Garden.” at Garvan Woodland Gardens. His paintings plus gorgeous tapestries will be on exhibit from May 1- June 30, 2015, culminating with a wonderful 2-day Silk Painting workshop June 28-29, 2015

His silk floral paintings are fresh and delightful. Some of the florals seemingly abstract bring a delightful perspective to the study of both the Orchid and Iris. Embodying the spirit of botanical art by depicting the complete flower, his works integrates classical and modern influences. However, what is makes his work so alive is his use of colors, design and textures. What comes through is his understanding of how silk interacts, and blends with color and form.

His vibrant paintings are a product of his stay in Java, Indonesia, where he studied batik and textile design under Master Batik artist Bambang Oetoro. His interest in orchid collecting and floral design flourished while he was in the Philippines with the United States Peace Corps. Kirkell’s commissioned paintings are in collections throughout the United States including the Chrysler Building in New York, TRW Headquarters Cleveland, Turnberry Isle Resort Aventura FL, Carnival Tours International, Miami, Sibson International, Princeton NJ, Columbus 1 Building, Ohio, and Sashay Dance Studios, Sarasota FL.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Takes Flight

May 8 - August 31 2015

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily

The mystery and magic of Mystic Creatures will return in 2015, taking topiary art to new heights of imagination with Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Takes Flight. From May 8 through August 31, Garvan Woodland Gardens will be inhabited by a mysterious menagerie of mystical creatures, including a 40-foot long Sea Serpent, 13-foot tall Sasquatch, Fairy Gourdmother playhouse, a family of Marching Mushrooms, a village of fairies, and a new majestic 20-foot wide "flaming" Phoenix. Each sculpture will feature new color palettes and plant designs and will be located in several new areas in the Gardens. Sculptures will be incorporated into specific areas with plantings that anchor each design to the surrounding garden features.

In 2014, a record number of summer visitors were fascinated with viewing the Gardens specially-designed topiary sculptures. Each living display is made of literally tens of thousands of brightly colored annuals planted in intricate patterns on steel forms covered with netting and soil. Individual irrigation systems and meticulous grooming keep the sculptures looking bright and beautiful all summer long. Created by the same garden staff and volunteers that help produce the highly-acclaimed Holiday Lights show, Mystic Creatures has become a must-see attraction for summer visitors to Hot Springs.

Members Free | $15 adults | $5 ages 6-12 | Free ages 0-5

Hot Springs Flute Ensemble Concert

May 31 

3 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble, conducted by Sigilda Naidin, will present an American Patriotic concert. Songs of the Civil War, sing-along patriotic music, and music representing the armed forces will delight the audience.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Story Time!

June 9 - June 11 2015

10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

Children love playing make-believe. Lanie Carlson lets imaginations soar to create an original story in this 3-day theater improv program for children ages 5-12. With Mystic Creatures as backdrop and inspiration, kids play games teaching the basics of character, setting, and plot; then create their own script. Next comes rehearsal, making costumes, and revising the script. And, finally, dress rehearsal and a performance for family. It’s a great way to introduce little ones to the theater!

$30 Members | $35 Non-members | Reservations required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101 "Hens in the Hollyhocks"

June 12 

9:30-Noon, Magnolia Room

It’s only been in the last generation that chickens in the garden came to be rare and surprising. For much of human history, this multi-purpose bird was part of everyday life. Dayna Carter of Blooming Wands Farms Chickens will share her many experience with chickens in the garden. Jimmie Driggers, Garland County Cooperative Extension, and Dr. Dustan Clark, Extension Poultry Health Veterinarian, join the conversation to cover all the basics of successfully keeping chickens at home. From heritage breeds to household cures, hear how your own home-grown eggs can go hand in hand with freshly picked bouquets and vegetables.

Free Members |  $15 Non-members (includes garden admission) | Register Online or call 800-366-4664

University of Arkansas Summer Design Camp

June 15 - June 19 2015

June 15-19
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. each day, Magnolia Room & Gardens

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentation and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while they walk with you through the design process.

The camp is open to students going into ninth through 12th grades in fall 2015. Supplies and lunch will be provided. For more information online, click here.

The cost is $250 for early registration by March 30, and $300 for registration by May 22. (Please inquire about need-based scholarships.)

To register or for more information, contact Judy Stone at or 479-575-2399.

Gardening 101 "Herbs for the Birds, Bees and Butterflies"

June 25 

1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Discover which herbs attract and feed bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in your garden with herbalist Debbie Tripp. From host plants for caterpillars to flowering plants for pollen and nectar, take home plants to improve the environment while you enjoy the beautiful creatures that make our gardens possible. Plants available for sale.

Free Members | $15 Non-members | Register Online or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101 "So What's All the Buzz? Amazing Pollinators"

June 25 

9:30 a.m. to Noon, Magnolia Room

Did you enjoy blueberries with your cereal this morning or beans and apple pie for dinner? Did you know without bees none of these favorites would produce those bountiful crops? Honey bees and other native pollinators are essential for many food crops and ornamental plants. Join University of Arkansas Extension bee specialist Jon Zawislak and learn more about the fascinating world of bees, what they do, and how to invite them to your garden.

Free Members | $15 Non-Members | Register Online or call 800-366-4664

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