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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

July Art Exhibit "Brush Strokes"

July 1 - July 31 2015

Hot Springs Village's talented Fine Art's Group, "Brush Strokes" will have an annual exhibit in July. Many gifted artists will display a variety of original paintings in the Magnolia Room with an emphasis on the wonder of nature.

The show is free to the public. Most artwork for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Gardens.

August "Three Rivers Art Guild" Exhibit

August 1 - August 31 2015

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

The Three Rivers Art Guild from Glenwood, Arkansas, will exhibit artworks in a wide variety of media, including watercolor, oil, encaustic, acrylic, pen and ink, gourd carving, and fiber. Members exhibit regularly in the Glenwood Library as well as retail galleries in Hot Springs, Mount Ida, Murphreesboro, Langley, and Oklahoma. Their works have been collected nationally and have garnered many awards.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Fairy Garden Dedication

August 11 

10 a.m., Fairy Garden and Garvan Pavilion

Garvan Woodland Gardens will dedicate the Fairy Garden on Tuesday, August 11 at 10 a.m., while celebrating and recognizing the team of dedicated volunteers who have spent the last 21 months designing this amazing space. The public is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served in the Garvan Pavilion adjoining the Fairy Garden.

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

Artful Ties "Fun with Tie-Dye"

August 16 

1:30-3:30 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Center

It’s retro and it’s fun. Artist and Naturalist Roxana Rose teaches all the basics of tie-dye, showing you how to make beautiful clothing and accessories that really pack a punch of color. From folding techniques to choosing and using natural and Procyon dyes, this session includes everything you need to know to create your own a wardrobe with lots of pizzazz. Practice on handkerchiefs and scarves and take home 3-4 items per person. All supplies included. (Ages 14 and up).

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

Gardening 101 "Gardening for Health"

August 17 

11:00 a.m. - Noon, Magnolia Room

Gardening should be both fun and healthful! Join Dr. Ryan Johnston of Johnston Chiropractic to learn about the wide range of physical and mental benefits to be gained by gardening. Dr. Johnston also leads an insightful discussion about alternative growing practices that encourage good body mechanics and how to incorporate them into your safer home garden.

Pre-registration required | Call Johnston Chiropractic at (501) 762-3173 to make your reservation.
Free Members | $15 Non-members

Gardening 101 "Jungle Beauties"

August 18 

1:00-2:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Most of the world’s plants grow in the tropics and many make great subjects for the indoor garden. From growing the fabulous weeping pink panicles of Medinilla to just keeping your grandmother’s philodendron happy, Jim Shults of Shults Greenhouses shares a life time of secrets for success with all your indoor gardening.

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

Gardening 101 "Rainbows in Flower: The Iris"

August 18 

9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

Named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow for good reason, irises come in literally almost every color. Long-time iris enthusiast brings to life the wide range of iris types, from old-fashioned bearded iris and their spectacular new hybrids to fascinating Spuria, Louisiana, Japanese, Siberian, and species irises. Learn proper terminology for describing these fascinating, orchid-like flowers, how and when to plant and divide, and proper fertilizing, watering, and pest control. Hands-on demonstration included.

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

Artful Gardens "Pieces in Time" Workshop

August 22 

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Been saving dishes or got a bunch of junk jewelry in a drawer? Artist Kandy Jones, The Garage Sale Queen, has always got something fun to do up her sleeve for using them. This summer, it’s mosaics! Get great ideas for finding materials to make a mosaic, learn basic techniques from an expert, and then make your own to take home. It’s fun, easy, and inexpensive to make your own, personalized garden ornaments, so come and let Kandy help you get started.

$60 registration fee. Contact Kandy to sign up and pay the registration fee 501-375-0068 or check her website at

Culinary Series "I Grew All These Beautiful Herbs . . . Now What?" Workshop

August 23 

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

You’ve spent the summer learning about and growing a garden full of great herbs. Now, harvest and preserve each one using proven techniques experts Debbie Tripp and Cindy Faulk will show you. They’ll also share great recipes and other uses for herbs just in time to make full use of summer’s bounty.

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

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