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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

October Art Exhibit: Works of Bob Crane

October 1 - October 31 2014

October 1-31 | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Magnolia Room

Painter Bob Crane will showcase a collection of his work in oils. “Light cascades across a pasture. Shed rows in shadow draw the eye into the depths creating a visual mystery. Sunrise gives hope to the new day. A winding road solicits a yearning for us to follow. Trees offer the visual structure of strength, form and function. Colors quicken the heart beat . . . What I paint comes from a place that is accessible only in truth. Truth in an emotional context. To know yourself is to know your heart. Follow your heart, therein lies the truth.”

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

Health Series: Tai Chi in the Gardens

October 9 - December 4 2014

Thursdays October 9-December 4 (no meeting Thanksgiving Day)
1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Meet on Great Lawn, Garvan Pavilion is rain location.

It’s not only beautiful to watch, it’s good for you. Learn Tai Chi, the ancient low-impact method for staying flexible and toned for life! Kathy Packard of the Oaklawn Center on Aging welcomes all ages to join her each week to learn the safe, healthful practice of Tai Chi.

Members free | Non-members $10. Walk-ins welcome.

Saturday Docent Tours Are Back!

October 18 - November 15 2014

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Looking for something relaxing and fun to do on Saturday mornings?  Do you want to show off one of the best attractions in the area to friends and family when they visit?  Garvan Woodland Gardens now has the perfect way to do either.  Beginning on October18, every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., specially trained volunteer docents will be leading groups through the Gardens’ most beautiful landscapes, bringing attention each week to areas that are at peak for your visit. Learn about the history of the Gardens and Lake Hamilton, interesting plants you can grow at home, and about the wonderful woodlands that grace our state. 

The walk is included with your admission.
Members free | $10 adults | $5 ages 6-12 | free ages 0-5 |
Groups are limited to 20 people

Naturalist Series: "Masque! Masks Using Nature's Materials"

October 25 

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Center

All Hallows Eve is much more than a time for costumed children expecting candy. Hear the story of how this agricultural celebration became a religious holy day and then a modern holiday, and how masks became part of the season’s traditional lore. Join naturalist Roxana Rose and examine one of Arkansas’ finest collections of natural-material masks, on loan from Hot Springs’ own Davis Tillman for this special program. Learn techniques for creating your own mask using leaves, grasses, and other collected natural materials from the gardens, over a specially-made base. You’ll leave prepared for the festivities of Samhain, Halloween and Dia de los Muertos!

$15 members | $25 non-members. Advance registration required. Reserve online at or call 800-366-4664.

Pysanky at the Gardens

October 25 - October 27 2014

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

What happens when you combine brilliant dyes, beeswax, and an eggshell? In the hands of a skilled pysanky artisan, a spectacular Ukrainian Easter egg. This event brings together hobbyists and professionals from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries. Using one of the world’s oldest techniques for creating lost wax (batik) designs, they craft incredible pieces of art using both traditional and modern motifs. Eggs covered with seemingly endless, intricate designs emerge as patterns “written” in wax are removed to reveal jewel-toned dyes underneath. And don’t miss displays of pysanky masterpieces by some of the world’s most accomplished practitioners. Eggs available for sale, prices range from $15 to $1000 depending on size and complexity. Or, join us and learn how to make your own colorful pysanky!

Show is free to all garden visitors, please come in!

$160 Event Registration (includes 8 meals, optional pricing including lodging available for out of town registrants), Advance Registration for participants required. Call 501-262-9300 to register.

November Art Exhibit: Mary Jayne White Photography

November 1 - November 30 2014

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

Mary Jayne White, a photographic artist from Bastrop, Louisiana, will exhibit a collection of bird and flower prints, in the Magnolia Room during the month of November. Also included in the exhibit are other nature-inspired subjects. White’s framed pictures and canvases are available for purchase.

The exhibit is free an open to the public.

Carson/Byers Workshop "Adding Color to Your Fall Garden"

November 4 

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

How do you keep your garden looking great through fall? Janet Carson of the U of A Cooperative Extension Service and Bob Byers of the Gardens will explain how to keep the color going until the first hard frosts and beyond. From annual color through the best trees and shrubs to make your fall more beautiful, learn what to plant and how to care for it so your garden ends every year with a burst of color!

A box lunch will be provided by Chipmunk Cafe. You will be given lunch options when you register.

$35 for GWG members and $45 for non-members. Advance reservations and pre-payment are required. Call the Gardens at 501.262.9300 to register. Space is limited.

"Leaves!" First Wednesday Children's Program

November 5 

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Center  
NOTE: *Advance Registration Required*

November in Arkansas is all about leaves, in myriad shapes, sizes, and colors. It’s one of the most beautiful times at the Gardens, so drop in with the kids to learn more about them. Possibly the most important organ of any living organism on earth, they manufacture the carbohydrates from which all food is derived. Your child will learn basic facts about leaves, why they are so important to our planet, and will go home with an art project reinforcing those lessons.

First Wednesday Walk-in Programs are open for children ages 5-12. $5 per child program fee. Program fee and admission for non-members is paid before entering the Gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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