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"Garbanzo Gardens" Brushstrokes July Art Exhibit

July 1 - July 31 2017


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

Brushstrokes is an art club formed in Hot Springs Village to foster a sense of community and support for those with an interest in the visual arts. Through meetings and various programs such as demonstrations by members and guest artists, “Painting of the Month” recognition awards and opportunities to exhibit their work, Brushstrokes is able to encourage the artistic growth of all members. Brushstrokes also sponsors national and local professional artist workshops for Brushstrokes members and non-members. We hope you enjoy our interpretation and salute to nature.

The photo is the January 2017 Brushstrokes Painting of the Month by Kendall Maycumber: “Marshmallow Marsh” Acrylic.

Art exhibits are free and open to the public.

"Critter Crawl" Arkansas Night Life - MEMBERS ONLY

July 20 


Thursdays, July 20 & 27
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Pratt Welcome Center and Garden grounds


Join Garvan Naturalist Lydell Lively on a night hike through Garvan Gardens, observing the sights and sounds of the natural state’s nocturnal community. Native species will hopefully be observed, such as owls, fox, raccoons, deer, bullfrogs, etc.

These after-hours hikes are reserved for Garvan Woodland Gardens member children | Recommended ages 8-12 | Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Art and Wine with Dee Garrett

July 21 


6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Magnolia Room

Back by popular demand! Join local artist Dee Garrett as she presents an acrylic painting workshop for artists at the beginner level. Come early to stroll the gardens and find inspiration from seasonal blooms. The subject for this class will be derived from seasonal garden inspiration. Participants may enjoy complimentary wine and cheese as they practice their techniques, creating 8” x 10” finished pieces on canvas. All materials are provided. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

$44 Members | $60 Non-Members | Limited Seating | Reservations Required | Call or register online

Natural State Ecology Day Camps

August 1 - August 3 2017


8:00 a.m. – Lunch Included – 3:00 p.m.
Check in each day at Welcome Center


Open to participants of all ages, these day camps are designed with the rising 5th to 8th grade student in mind. Each day may be attended individually. Activities and informational sessions will be centered on Arkansas ecology, while addressing various themes within the general topic. Students will have the opportunity to engage in creative projects, including designing a natural habitat!

$20 per day | Lunch Included | Children ages 8-12 ONLY | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664 | You must purchase a separate ticket for each day desired

Limited availability for August 1.... please call 800-366-4664
(posted 7-14-17)

"Peoples Choice Award Show" Traditional Art Guild August Exhibit

August 1 - August 31 2017


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

The Traditional Art Guild of Hot Springs will present their People’s Choice Award Show at Garvan Woodland Gardens throughout the month of August. About 35-40 artists from the Greater Hot Springs area will participate in the exhibit. Paintings of nature subjects in all mediums (oil, acrylic, pastels and watercolor) will be presented. The art will also be offered for sale by the artists with a portion of sales going to projects at Garvan Woodland Gardens. The art show winners are chosen by votes from visitors to the Gardens. Please come to the Magnolia Room anytime throughout the month of August and vote for your favorite painting.

The photo is 2016 TAG People’s Choice Best Of Show winner by Marietta Tucker: “Fiesta del Sol” Watercolor.

Art exhibits are free and open to the public.

101 Workshop "Water You Waiting For?"

August 22 


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Garvan Horticulturist and Garden Manager Minnie Shelor shares simple ways to add water features to your garden. Shelor discusses the basics of adding easy and inexpensive garden features, as well as tips for how to install more elaborate water features.

Free Members | $15 Non-members | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Making Mosaics 2-day Workshop

August 29 - August 30 2017


10:00 a.m. – Lunch Break – 4:00 p.m. each day, Magnolia Room

Back by popular demand! Local artist and Garvan staff member Suzie Burch presents a two-day creative workshop. Each participant will design and create a dimensional mosaic art piece. Following the principal, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure,” mosaic art can be made by upcycling materials often found at the flea market or the neighborhood yard sale. While all materials are provided, students are encouraged to bring old trinkets, stones, and other pieces of “junk” that they would like to include in their finished piece of art! Day one will find students designing and placing pieces. Day two will allow students to grout and cure the finished product.

$35 Members | $50 Non-Members | Space is Limited! | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

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. Each seasonal class is offered twice; call to register.

  • September 19 & 26 – Early Fall Interest
  • October 24 & 31 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve
  • November 7 & 14 – Fall & Winter Interest
Free Members | Registration Required | Call 800-366-4664 or Register Online | Each class must be reserved separately online

Celebrate Fall in the Gardens!

October 21 


9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Garden Grounds

Expanded to ALL DAY! Garvan Woodland Gardens will offer our third fun day of activities for families to Celebrate Fall in the Gardens! The Gardens will open at 9 a.m. with candy for Trick or Treaters ages 12 and under (costumes encouraged), a Pumpkin Patch with a free pie-sized pumpkin for the first 200 kids who visit the Gardens, a Spooky “James the Train” for climbing fun, and a special Treasure Map for kids to hunt for “Garvan Rocks” to keep (1 rock per child).

The Chipmunk Café will be serving up fall treats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be a fun day for families to come out to the Gardens, take pictures among the fall displays, enjoy the kids’ activities and relax with a special fall lunch outdoors at the Gardens.

Members Free | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3

Mrs. Garvan's Tea

November 14 


3 p.m., Magnolia Room

This delightful afternoon tea features a living history presentation of Mrs. Verna Garvan, the Gardens' benefactress. Enjoy traditional tea fare and be entertained by Susan Harper, alias Mrs. Garvan.

$28 Members | $33 Non-members | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

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