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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

April Art Exhibit

April 1 - April 30 2015


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

Step into the exhibit space of the Magnolia Room at Garvan Woodland Gardens in April to see the artwork of The Monday Studio Artists of Hot Springs Village. Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel and Caryl Joy Young will share with you their love of the gardens and the great outdoors in this stunning exhibit in pastels, acrylics and watercolor.

"Strength in Motion" Tai-Chi

April 9 - May 21 2015


Thursdays, beginning April 9
1:30-2:30 p.m., Meet on the Great lawn (rain location Millsap Bride’s Hall)


It’s not just beautiful, it’s good for you. Join healthy living experts from the Oaklawn Center on Aging to learn Tai-Chi, the ancient Chinese practice that’s both art and exercise. Great for flexibility, balance, and gently building bone and muscle strength, it can be practiced at any level of fitness. Walk-ins welcome.

Free with admission

Bobwhite, Cardinal, Bluejay, Crow

April 26 


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

The constant parade of wild birds through our lives is a never ending source of fascination. For even greater enjoyment of these colorful creatures, Laverne Bissell of the Garland County Audubon Society shares tips for beginning bird identification. Then, Laverne and other birders get you off to a great start on your own adventures with a bird-watching tour through the Gardens. Field binoculars recommended.

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

Pesto Pot - SOLD OUT

April 26 


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

Everyone loves when Carol Scholp comes to the party because she always brings something luscious! Years of cooking for bed and breakfast guests gives her thousands of ideas like herb butters and home-made pestos for upping the ante without dropping lots of cash. Enjoy demonstrations of easy dishes loaded with flavor, then sample to find your favorites. Don’t forget gloves, a potting spade, and an empty container to take home a pot of herbs for your favorite recipes! All other supplies provided.

$15 Members | $30 Non-members | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Dream Weavers!

April 29 - April 30 2015


Wednesday, April 29 & Thursday, April 30
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Magnolia Room


It’s two days all about bead weaving, starting with beginning stitches and moving up to advanced techniques. Artist Lynn Harris demonstrates proper use of seed beads, needles and threads, then lets you practice new sewing skills before guiding you through 3 exciting projects to take home. All supplies provided, but bring a white t-shirt for a work surface and don’t forget your glasses. Bring lunch or enjoy lunch from the Café.

$25 Members | $40 Non-members | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

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.

Health Series "Living With Diabetes"

May 6 - June 10 2015


Wednesdays May 6 to June 10
2:00-4:00 p.m., Millsap Bride’s Hall


Whether or not living with diabetes is new for you, Kathy Packard of the Oaklawn Center on Aging can help. During this six week class, hear the latest research, learn how healthy choices can also be enjoyable, and get great tips on tracking your progress.

Classes are free, but preregistration is required; call the Oaklawn Center on Aging at 623-0020 to make a reservation.

Mystic Creatures Members Only Preview

May 7 


Thursday, May 7
4:30 p.m., Garvan Pavilion


Join us for a Members Only Preview of Mystic Creatures before it opens to the public, along with a reception in the Garvan Pavilion. Topiary design and horticulture staff will be on-hand to answer questions. Members are invited to tour beginning at 4 p.m. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at the pavilion starting at 5 p.m.

$10 Members Only | Reservations required | Call 800-366-4664 or Reserve Online

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