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Advanced Health Hikes

March 13 - June 19 2017

Mondays, March 13 – June 19
9:00 a.m. – 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 3-mile hikes along various garden trails. Comfortable clothes appropriate for weather and good hiking shoes are recommended.

FREE to members or with paid daily admission | no reservation required

2017 Docent Training

March 14 - 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.

  • March 14 & 28 – Orientation, Early Spring Interest
  • April 11 & 18 – Spring Interest
  • May 9 & 16 – Flowering Border & Welcome Center
  • June 6 & 13 - Summer Interest
  • 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

Casual Health Walks

March 15 - May 31 2017

Wednesdays, March 15 – May 31
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Meet in the Welcome Center

Join local walking enthusiast Dee Garrett on 1 – 2 mile walks throughout the gardens. These walks will be held at a more relaxed, conversational pace. Comfortable clothes appropriate for weather and good walking shoes are recommended.

FREE to members or with paid daily admission | no reservation required

Spring Saturday Docent Tours

April 1 - June 30 2017

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.  During the months of April, May and June, every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., specially trained volunteer docents will be leading a group 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 | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3 |
Groups are limited to 20 people

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

April 6 - June 29 2017

Thursdays, April 6 – June 29
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Great Lawn

Join Oaklawn Center on Aging to learn this ancient, low impact practice that increases flexibility, balance, and strength. Loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Free Members | $15 Non-members | SPECIAL: $30 any five sessions | Must pre-register in GardenShop to utilize special rate

"The Monday Studio" May-June Art Exhibit

May 1 - June 30 2017

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

Co-owners of Gallery 726 in downtown Hot Springs:Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel and Caryl Joy Young, share their works in “The World As We See It,” featuring interpretations of special places in Garvan Woodland Gardens in a variety of mediums -- pastels, watercolors, oils, and acrylic-- as well as other scenes from their extensive travel and experiences.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Herbs of the Bible by C the Difference

May 28 

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

Cindy Faulk of C the Difference presents a survey of herbs, spices, and other plants referenced by the Bible. Her presentation will focus on the various uses of these plants, such as making essential oils, medicinal benefits, culinary uses, and symbolisms found in literature. Participants will make an infused oil similar to what would have been used in Biblical times.

$20 Members | $30 Non-Members | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

101 Workshop "Bonsai Essentials-Summer Edition"

May 30 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Magnolia Room

Join Garvan Horticulturist Bryan Carlan this morning for a brief but thorough discussion about Bonsai tips, techniques, and preparations for the summer season.

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

101 Workshop "Landscape for Life" Series - MEMBERS ONLY

June 1 - June 29 2017

Thursdays in June
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Millsap Bride’s Hall and Garden grounds

This course will be completed over the 5 consecutive Thursdays in June. “Landscape for Life was developed to provide training to homeowners on sustainable gardening practices. It is based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™). SITES™ is a collaborative effort between the United States Botanic Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.” source:

Space is limited and reserved for Garvan Woodland Gardens members | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Janet Carson Workshop: Gardening for Pollinators

June 8 

Magnolia Room
9:00 a.m. – lunch included – 3:00 p.m.

Extension Horticulture Specialist Janet Carson presents the case for attracting pollinators to your home garden. Guest speakers John Zawislak and Pat Gipson will join Janet as the trio explores the world of bees, butterflies, and the myriad pollinators that support the ecological communities we live in. Check-in conducted, refreshments served, and lunch orders taken from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.

$35 Members | $50 Non-Members | Lunch Included | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

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