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"Two Artists - Two Mediums" Bennett and Garstecki Art Exhibit

February 1 - March 31 2018

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

Extended from 2017, two of our most popular exhibitors are Brenda Bennett and Darlene Garstecki.

In a world where many eyes are glued to smartphones and other high-tech gadgets, Brenda Bennett and Darlene Garstecki seek to show us something different – something pleasing to the eyes – beyond the everyday world and its digital distractions.

Brenda Bennett is an award-winning oil and acrylic painter. Ms. Bennett’s canvases depict a variety of subjects, including landscapes and wildlife. She does not gravitate toward one type of subject matter in particular though, and explains that her paintings choose her. “In essence, my day-to-day experiences dictate my work,” she explains.

Darlene Garstecki is an award-winning contemporary fiber art designer from Hot Springs Village. Her fiber art is a result of her passion for nature, travel and photography. She incorporates her photographs into realistic fiber art for the home or business using bright, clear hues and thread/bead embellishments to enhance each piece to add texture and depth.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

Horticulture "Minnie" Series

March 6 - June 12 2018

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Garvan Horticulturist Minnie Shelor presents a mini-series throughout spring that culminates with the completion of a container garden.

  • March 6 – Introduction to Landscape Design
  • April 17 – Foundations of Container Gardening
  • June 12 – Application of Container Design ($20 materials fee)
Free Members | $15 Non-members each class | Participants may bring their own materials | Reservations required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664 | Registration online requires separate registration for each class (June 12 online ticket includes materials fee)

Daffodil Days & Tulip Extravaganza

March 10 - April 8 2018

Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Celebrate the end of winter at the Gardens during Tulip Extravaganza! There are thousands of beautiful blooms – starting in February with crocus, daffodils, and hyacinths; followed closely or perhaps concurrently depending on weather by over 150,000 brilliant Dutch tulips. In addition, spring annuals and azaleas bloom, making it the biggest display of color between Dallas and Memphis all season. For up-to-date photos and peak bloom times, check the Gardens’ Facebook page:

Free Members | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3 

2018 Docent Class Schedule

March 13 - December 18 2018

Classes will meet in the Welcome Center and tour respective garden areas.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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.

  • March 13 – Orientation & History
  • March 27 – Spring Bulbs (including tulips)
  • April 10 – Garden of the Pine Wind
  • April 24 – Ferns & Shade Tolerant Plants
  • May 8 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve (focus on native species)
  • June 5 – Summer Annuals
  • July 3 – Flowering Border (focus on perennials)
  • July 17 – Perry Wildflower Meadow
  • October 16 – Japanese Maple Hill & Woodland Walk
  • November 6 – Mums & Winter Annuals
  • December 18 – Winter Interest
Please call (501) 262-9300 to register for all classes or Register Online | Registration Required | Online registration requires a separate ticket for each class desired | Class space is limited

Homeschool Focus

March 14 - May 19 2018

Various dates, see below
Meet in Bonsai Learning Center

Each of the Homeschool Focus classes is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and provides children with a hands-on project to help solidify the learning.

Build an Herb Garden
  • March 14, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • March 17, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
DIY Earth Day Eco Bags
  • April 21, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Build a Butterfly Garden & Feeder
  • May 16, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • May 19, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
$10 per child or participating adult per class | Reservations Required | Each class requires separate registration online | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Arkansas Forestry Series

March 15 - May 24 2018

Magnolia Room, various times

The Arkansas Forestry Commission presents the following lecture series:

  • March 15 – Forestry in the Ouachita Mountain Region: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • April 19 – Fruit Tree Planting and Care: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • May 24 – Tree ID Lecture & Hike: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
$10 per class Members | $20 per class Non-Members | Reservations required | You must register for each class separately online | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Group Health Walks - Pets and Strollers Welcome!

March 19 - June 29 2018

9 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center

Stimulate your heart and senses as you take in the beautiful grounds on organized health walks at Garvan Woodland Gardens!

  • Mondays – 3 miles in 52 minutes with fitness buff Sharon Turrentine
  • Wednesdays – 2+ miles at a comfortable, conversational pace led by artist Dee Garrett
  • Fridays – 2+ miles at a challenging pace, alongside nature enthusiast Ginger Ladehoff
Free Members | $15 Non-members | No reservations required!

Celebrate Spring!

March 24 

9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun-filled day at the Gardens to celebrate all that Spring has to offer! The Gardens will be beautiful in full bloom, and we want to celebrate with you!

9 a.m. - Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Re-Opening of the Japanese Garden
Bob Byers will return to the Gardens to help us celebrate. After the ribbon cutting, Mr.
Byers, who was here when the Garden of the Pine Wind was built, will give a walking tour of the Japanese Garden. Tour is free for members and $15 for non-members. Advance reservations are required and spots are limited.

9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Children’s Activity Booths
Throughout various locations in the Gardens, we will have volunteers stationed with fun activities for children of all ages. Booths will include face painting, rock decorating, wand making, origami, and paper flowers/wishes. These activities are included with admission.

11 a.m. - Beer Garden Opens at Garvan Pavilion
Bubba Brews Brewing Company and Buffalo Brewing Company will be located at the Garvan Pavilion, along with food trucks, to help us celebrate spring. Beverages and food will be available for purchase in this area, and the breweries will be serving a custom draft made especially for Garvan Gardens. Valid IDs are required to purchase alcohol. The Chipmunk Café will be open and serving crowd favorites as well.

Free Members | Regular Admission Non-Members | Click here to purchase Admission Tickets

Hydroponic and Aquaponic System Design

March 24 

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. plus construction time, Magnolia Room

Nolen Buffalo of The Water Buffalo, in Little Rock, presents a demonstrative lecture on the benefits, limitations, and design aspects of hydroponic and aquaponics gardening systems. Following the lecture, participants who wish to construct their own systems will receive guidance, materials, and tools to make and take a basic “bubbling bucket” hydroponic system.

$20 Lecture Only Member | $45 Lecture and System Build Member | Non – Member prices are $30 and $55, respectively | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101: Spring Edition

March 26 

10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Magnolia Room

Want to plant a garden, but not sure where to start? At Garvan, Master Gardeners maintain an area designed specifically with you in mind! The Southern Inspiration Garden serves as the classroom for this hands-on approach to learning about gardening. Come see how much fun you can have digging in the dirt!

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

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