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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.

Janet Carson Workshop "Gardening with Heirlooms"

July 13 


Monday, July 13
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Magnolia Room


Relive memories of grandmother’s garden or just come find out how to create your own great garden with tough, dependable, old-fashioned plants. Popular for generations because they’re locally adapted and require little extra care, historic varieties of everything from vegetables to favorite flowers are here to stay. Let Arkansas gardening expert Janet Carson help you create your best garden ever with Southern heirlooms.

$45 members | $60 non-member | Reservations required | Reserve Online for this workshop or call 800-366-4664

Fairy & Wizards Tea for Children

July 14 


3:00 p.m. - Magnolia Room

Children are the honored guests at this summertime tea.  The food and beverage event is served in the traditional English tea style with patrons enjoying assorted scones, finger sandwiches and desserts, all accompanied by a variety of flavorful hot teas.  Children are encouraged to dress as Fairies or Wizards for this fantasy-filled afternoon while the Gardens' own "Tea Fairy" entertains with a short "lesson" in tea etiquette, followed by stories to delight the young fairies in attendance.

$23 Members | $29 Non-members | $13 Children 12 and under | Reserve online or call 501-262-9300

Summer Beading Camps: "Baubles and Beads"

July 15 - July 17 2015


9:00-Noon (ages 6-9)
1:00-4:00 (ages 10-15)
Magnolia Room


What could be more fun for a kid than making their own jewelry? Artist Lynn Harris teaches all ages from little ones to teenagers all the basics of jewelry making. From necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to macramé and dreamcatchers, engage the innate artistic side of your child! All supplies and a snack included for each day.

$30 Members | $45 Non-members | Reservations required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101 "Herbal Gifts and Seasonal Decor"

July 19 


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

Learn how to make your own Surprise Ball, a festive piñata filled with herbal goodies! It’s just one of the craft projects you’ll see in Cindy Faulk’s "how to" demonstrations using living and dried herbs. You’ll go home from this hands-on afternoon with your own whimsical craft made with herbs and other simple materials. All supplies provided.

$20 Members | $35 Non-members | Reservations Required | Reserve Online or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101 "Adenium, Anyone? Gardening on the Dry Side" - CLASS FULL

July 24 


10:30 a.m. - Noon, Magnolia Room

Love succulents but want to add something a little more unusual than hens and chicks or aloe vera? Cactus and Succulent Society of America member Mike Rabourn will show you a whole new dimension to gardening by sharing his enthusiasm for Adenium, Lithops, and Haworthia. Offering exotic blooms as beautiful as an orchid’s and useful for everything from tiny dish gardens to succulent bonsai, these unusual, tough, water-wise plants are perfect for the busy gardener. Let this long-time teacher and technology expert share years of knowledge and experience with you for a great start growing these beautiful, low maintenance plants.

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

Gardening 101 "Less IS More! Secrets of Keyhole Gardening" - CLASS FULL

July 24 


1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

If you’d like more vegetables, flowers, and herbs with less work and less water, Aaron Harding of Texas A&M and Whippoorwill Gardens Nursery will tell you how. Keyhole gardening is a simple, maintenance free approach to raised bed gardening for high yield. Learn the steps to creating your own keyhole garden and best practice for keeping it producing the best crops you’ve ever enjoyed.

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

Culinary Series "Gourmet on a Budget" Workshop

July 26 


1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Millsap Bride’s Hall

Want to impress your friends cooking with fresh herbs? Mike Tripp of Rosemary Hill Herb Farm demonstrates the art of using herbs to make a delicious meal with affordable ingredients! Bring your apron and enjoy this hands on experience! Then "The party's in the kitchen" with two inexpensive red wines that go well with these dishes served for those who wish to partake, age 21 and over, please. (Have I.D. ready if requested.)

Menu: Salad Greens with Herb Vinaigrette, Marinated Herbal Steak with wine reduction, Tarragon-Chive Deviled Eggs, Pan Roasted Herbed New Potatoes, Broiled Homemade French Bread with Herb Butter, and Lemon Verbena Dessert Pinwheels.

Debbie Tripp of Rosemary Hill will be on hand with growing information and starter pots for sale of the herbs in recipes demonstrated during this event.

$30 Members | $45 Non-members | Reservations Required | Reserve Online or call 800-366-4664

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.

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