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Health Walks

March 7 - June 27 2016

9:00 – 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 exhilarating 3-mile hikes along various garden landscapes. With a different route each Monday, you will get your week off to a great start! Comfortable clothes appropriate for weather and good walking shoes are recommended.

Free Members | $15 Non-members | No reservation required

"Brushwood Dance" An Art Installation by W. Gary Smith

April 25 - December 31 2016

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, Garden Grounds

Gary Smith, FASLA of W. Gary Smith Design, is the featured artist for a year-long exhibit entitled: "Brushwood Dance" An Art Installation by W. Gary Smith. Smith is a nationally-known landscape architect and artist who employs a very collaborative design process to create site-specific art installations crafted from materials harvested from the site.

Smith brought his philosophy of "creating meaningful encounters between people, plants and the natural world" to Garvan Woodland Gardens in late 2015. Following two days of intensive planning meetings with Gardens horticulture and operations crews, a vision was cast for an art installation approximately 450 feet long and 6 feet in diameter in a serpentine shape composed of natural materials, primarily saplings and branches, gathered from the Gardens and organized in bundles.

Smith was on hand the week of April 25-29 to create the massive brushwood art installation piece. "Brushwood Dance" winds along Warren's Woodland Walk, ripples along rock walls, arches over the trail, and undulates through the bulb meadow to its crescendo at the Three Sisters of Amity Daffodil Hill. The installation will be on display through the Spring 2017 and will be highlighted in the Gardens' seasonal displays such as Holiday Lights and Tulip Extravaganza.

For more information on W. Gary Smith, please go to:

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

June Art Exhibit: "America's Splendid Beauty" by Tim Gorman

June 1 - June 30 2016

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

Arkansas native and resident of Saint Francis County, Photographer Tim Gorman will be presenting a collection of pristine photographic images entitled “America’s Splendid Beauty”. The exhibit is a splendid collection from across America: from the Olympic Peninsula to the East Coast, plus favorite Arkansas images. The collection highlights the nature, floral beauty and color across the landscapes and nature.

Tim’s professional photography career began in the ‘80’s working for photography studios in Fort Smith. He has since done architectural, aerial and commercial photography for clients throughout the mid-South. He has studied with well-known Arkansas and California photographers. He has been published in many construction and architectural magazines.

Tim has shot with medium format and 4x5-inch film cameras in the past, but now shoots exclusively high resolution digital format. A longtime darkroom nut, these days he is most interested in the "digital darkroom", working on his photographs in the daylight of his home studio in the country. His main interests are in making archival fine art landscape, macro floral, and nature prints on high end wide-format printers, and continually upgrading his photographic nature stock of images across the America, some of which were taken at Garvan Gardens.

Art exhibits are free and open to the public. A portion of all sales go to benefit Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Plant ID Hikes with Rush Fentress: Members Only

June 2 - November 17 2016

Thursdays through mid November
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (roughly), Meet at Welcome Center Plaza

Do you like to break a mental sweat? Join us on a casual hike through the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden and on to the Hixson Nature Preserve, home to dozens of Arkansas’s native plant species. Facilitated by Garvan Director of Education Rush Fentress, participants are encouraged to share their knowledge of native botanical species while learning from others in this educational community. Hikes will be led at a comfortable, conversational pace.

Free Members | Membership required for early entry to gardens

Youth Theater Series with Lanie Carlson

June 4 - August 6 2016

First Saturdays this summer: June 4, July 2 and August 6

Starstuff Story Time (ages 5-8)
10 a.m., Magnolia Room

Starstuff Story Time is an interactive storytelling experience.  The read through introduces the story to the cast. Then, the cast chooses their characters. Using costumes and props provided, the story is retold as the cast acts it out.

Starstuff Reader’s Theater (ages 9-12)
11 a.m., Magnolia Room

Starstuff Reader’s Theater introduces the cast to a scene or chapter from a play or a novel. The cast chooses characters, and using costumes and props, reads the scene while acting it out.

$10 per child per class | Choose appropriate date when purchasing tickets online | pre-registration required | Click here to register online or call 800-366-4664

2016 Docent Training Classes

June 7 - November 1 2016

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Magnolia Room and respective Garden areas

June 7 – Flowering Border
September 20 – Early Fall Interest
November 1 – Fall/Winter Interest

Docent classes are provided free of cost to volunteers who would like to serve as docents on guided group tours. Please call (501) 262-9300 to register. 

Garvan Rocks! with Sissy Hubbard

June 14 - August 9 2016

Second Tuesdays this summer: June 14, July 12, August 9

Magnolia Room & Garden Areas
Two Classes per day | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

At last year’s Celebrate Fall day, visitors of all ages enjoyed finding carefully hidden pieces of mineral treasure. But, where did they come from? Inspired by artist Bryan Payne’s Doodlestones, Garvan Gardens has embraced the pursuit of making people smile. Come join us, as local artist Sissy Hubbard shares the generations-old tradition of drawing on stones. Participants will create their own Garvan Rocks and hide them in the Gardens for others to find. Finally, let the treasure hunt begin!

$10 children under 18 | $20 member adults | $30 non-member adults  | pre-registration required | Click here to register online or call 800-366-4664

University of Arkansas Summer Design Camp

June 27 - July 1 2016

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day, Magnolia Room & Gardens

The Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design is returning for the third annual Summer Design Camp, offering the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentation and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while they walk with you through the design process. Hands-on projects, tours, movies & discussions will all be a part of this collegiate experience!

The camp is open to students going into ninth through 12th grades in fall 2016. Supplies and lunch will be provided. For more information online, click here.

The cost is $350 for for registration by May 27. Need-based scholarships are available.

To register or for more information, contact Judy Stone at or 479-575-2399.

July Art Exhibit: "Brushstrokes"

July 1 - July 31 2016

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

Brushstrokes, a talented Fine Arts Group of over thirty gifted artists, will display a variety of original paintings in watercolor, pastel, oil and acrylic in the Magnolia Room with an emphasis on the wonders of nature.

Art exhibits are free and open to the public. A portion of all sales go to benefit Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Wilderness Survival Camp

July 7 - July 9 2016

Hixson Nature Preserve, Klipsch Amphitheater, & other Garden Areas
9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily, lunch included

Are you prepared to survive being stranded in the wilderness? Agriculturalist and adventure guru Scott Sullivan and partner, naturalist Chelsea Preciado, present a 3-day workshop where participants of all ages can learn and share survival skills. Scott will focus on fire-starting with natural and prepared materials. Other topics include shelter construction, edibles in the landscape, and water purification. Each participant will prepare his or her own fire-starting kit made from natural materials that are found in abundance in the Ouachita Mountain environment. Once students have successfully started their own fires, they are encouraged to practice the new skills, help other students, and solidify their learning through teaching others. This workshop can be attended one, two, or all three days!

Member Adults and ALL Children under 18: $85 one day | $100 two days | $115 three days
Non-Member Adults: $100 one day | $125 two days | $150 three days
Pre-registration required | Click here to reserve online or call 800-366-4664

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