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Traditional Art Guild Exhibit

September 1 - October 31 2016

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

In September and October, Garvan Gardens will host an exhibit by the Traditional Art Guild. Not only will this be a beautiful display by all-local artists, but it will be TAG’s annual People’s Choice Exhibit. This is a competition for TAG members in which the winners are selected by the public. Visitors are asked to select a ballot and vote for their favorite piece. This is a fun and interactive way for visitors to view the artwork and have a little fun deciding who they think should win.

The Traditional Art Guild (TAG) is one of Hot Springs’ oldest associations of local artists, dating back to 1964. Members are all local residents whose art skills vary from beginner to professional. The Guild meets monthly, September through May at the Garland County Library. Guests are welcome to visit a meeting once prior to joining. For more information contact President Connie Rogers 501-463-8677.

Art exhibits are free and open to the public.

Fall in the Woodlands

September 1 - November 18 2016

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

Health Walks

September 12 - November 14 2016

9:00 – 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.

Free Members | $15 Non-members | No reservation required

2016 Docent Training Classes

September 20 - November 1 2016

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Magnolia Room and respective Garden areas

September 20 – Early Fall Interest
November 1 – Fall/Winter Interest

Docent classes are provided free of cost to volunteers who would like to serve as docents on guided group tours. Please call (501) 262-9300 to register. 

Plant ID Hikes with Rush Fentress: Members Only

October 6 - November 17 2016

Thursdays through mid November
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (roughly), Meet at Welcome Center Plaza

Do you like to break a mental sweat? Join us on a casual hike through the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden and on to the Hixson Nature Preserve, home to dozens of Arkansas’s native plant species. Facilitated by Garvan Director of Education Rush Fentress, participants are encouraged to share their knowledge of native botanical species while learning from others in this educational community. Hikes will be led at a comfortable, conversational pace.

Free Members | Membership required for early entry to gardens

Ballet Arkansas Encore!

October 30 

3 p.m., Anthony Chapel and Garvan Pavilion

For the second year, join the talented Ballet Arkansas company artists for an afternoon of wide-ranging dance and music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to Johnny Cash’s Walk the Line.

Performance Highlights:

  • Excerpts from Under the Lights, set to the music of Johnny Cash
  • Special Nutcracker Excerpts, The Sugar Plum Fairy, her Cavalier, an Arabian Princess and Prince will perform excerpts from their signature divertissements. 
  • (e)Motions, contemporary ballet set to the music of Mix Richter and Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Group Therapy, a comedy jazz ballet where a group hug can heal all wounds!
  • Preview of Paquita (Grand Pas Classique), a sneak preview of solos from their new production of Paquita.
  • Memoryhaus Finale, created by Ballet Arkansas’ Resident Chroeographer, Kiyon Gaines of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. The haunting music of Max Richter is the backdrop for this ensemble work.
A light reception will follow. Dress in black to honor "The Man in Black" and come out for a great afternoon of entertaining dance! 

$35 Members | $45 Non-Members | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Arkansas Images: Flowers, Feathers, and Fur Exhibit by Sid Gipson

November 1 - November 30 2016

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

Sid Gipson, a native Arkansan from Benton, is a completely self-taught photographer, with no formal training in photography. He says the only setting he uses on his camera is “dummy mode” (fully automatic).

Sid’s main focus is nature photography. He loves working in nature because of its constant state of change, and his pictures capture the subjects at a specific moment in time. He also enjoys the challenge of nature photography, especially wildlife, because many times the opportunity to capture a clear picture lasts for only a few seconds.

Sid takes a very simple approach to photography, taking pictures of things that are pretty, interesting, and often unusual. He strives to capture the details of a special moment, and then share the beauty and magic of the moment with others. He describes many of his pictures as “up close and personal”, revealing the amazing beauty in the details that we often overlook.

The preservation of plants, flowers, birds, and other wildlife is very important to Sid. Without preservation efforts, people would not have the opportunities to see and experience the beauty and wonders of nature. As a way of showing his commitment to nature preservation, Sid has decided that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of pictures in this exhibit will go to Garvan Woodland Gardens to support its mission.

Art exhibit is free an open to the public.

Hydroponic Gardening

November 5 

10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Can a person grow tomatoes and strawberries through the winter? With proper lighting, temperature, airflow, and nutrition, you can grow anything you want! Hydroponic gardening is a gardening technique that does not use soil. Participants will discuss the foundational concepts and principles that are requisite to becoming a successful hydroponic gardener.
In addition, Nolen Buffalo of The Water Buffalo in Little Rock will construct and demonstrate the use of various styles of hydroponic gardens, highlighting how each style might be more suitable than the next to meet the gardener’s needs. Finally, the class will finish with a discussion of nutritional needs of the garden and some typical issues that new gardeners face.

$15 Members | $20 Non-Members | Door Prizes! | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Fall and Winter Plants with Janet Carson-CLASS FULL

November 7 

9:00 a.m. – Lunch - 3:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Growing plants during the Fall and Winter, when hours of sunlight are limited, can be a daunting challenge that gardeners may be tempted to avoid. Join U of A Horticulture Specialist Janet Carson as she shares her wealth of knowledge on Fall and Winter plants. This topical class is perfect for gardeners of all levels of experience! Check-in begins and refreshments will be served at 9:00 a.m. Lunch options are available from the Chipmunk Café.

Mrs. Garvan's Tea

November 8 

3:00 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.

$27 Members | $32 Non-members | Reserve online or call 501-262-9300

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