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Health Walks

September 1 - November 18 2014

Mondays | 9:00 a.m. | 3 miles (Intermediate fitness level)
Tuesdays | 9:00 a.m. | 1 mile (Beginner fitness level)

Join veteran walkers and nature lovers Sharon Turrentine and Paula Wallace for a fitness walk through the Gardens each Monday or Tuesday morning. Get your exercise, enjoy beautiful scenery, and smell the roses all in one exhilarating outing. It’s fun and it’s good for you! Wear good walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire.

Members free | Non-members $10

Health Series: Tai Chi in the Gardens

October 9 - December 4 2014

Thursdays October 9-December 4 (no meeting Thanksgiving Day)
1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Meet on Great Lawn, Garvan Pavilion is rain location.

It’s not only beautiful to watch, it’s good for you. Learn Tai Chi, the ancient low-impact method for staying flexible and toned for life! Kathy Packard of the Oaklawn Center on Aging welcomes all ages to join her each week to learn the safe, healthful practice of Tai Chi.

Members free | Non-members $10. Walk-ins welcome.

Saturday Docent Tours Are Back!

October 18 - November 15 2014

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.  Beginning on October18, every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., specially trained volunteer docents will be leading groups 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 | $10 adults | $5 ages 6-12 | free ages 0-5 |
Groups are limited to 20 people

November Art Exhibit: Mary Jayne White Photography

November 1 - November 30 2014

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

Mary Jayne White, a photographic artist from Bastrop, Louisiana, will exhibit a collection of bird and flower prints, in the Magnolia Room during the month of November. Also included in the exhibit are other nature-inspired subjects. White’s framed pictures and canvases are available for purchase.

The exhibit is free an open to the public.

Carson/Byers Workshop "Adding Color to Your Fall Garden"-SOLD OUT

November 4 

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

How do you keep your garden looking great through fall? Janet Carson of the U of A Cooperative Extension Service and Bob Byers of the Gardens will explain how to keep the color going until the first hard frosts and beyond. From annual color through the best trees and shrubs to make your fall more beautiful, learn what to plant and how to care for it so your garden ends every year with a burst of color!

A box lunch will be provided by Chipmunk Cafe. You will be given lunch options when you register.

$35 for GWG members and $45 for non-members. Advance reservations and pre-payment are required. Call the Gardens at 501.262.9300 to register. Space is limited.

"Leaves!" First Wednesday Children's Program

November 5 

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Center  
NOTE: *Advance Registration Required*

November in Arkansas is all about leaves, in myriad shapes, sizes, and colors. It’s one of the most beautiful times at the Gardens, so drop in with the kids to learn more about them. Possibly the most important organ of any living organism on earth, they manufacture the carbohydrates from which all food is derived. Your child will learn basic facts about leaves, why they are so important to our planet, and will go home with an art project reinforcing those lessons.

First Wednesday Walk-in Programs are open for children ages 5-12. $5 per child program fee. Program fee and admission for non-members is paid before entering the Gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase tickets online here:

Welcome Home, George Washington by Dean Norton

November 7 

9:30 a.m., Anthony Chapel
Author's Reception and Book Signing to follow at the Pratt Welcome Center

Garvan Woodland Gardens is pleased to present an American story by special guest Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.

“See to it that you keep it the Home of Washington,” was the charge of Ann Pamela Cunningham the founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association upon her retirement in 1874. For over 150 years people have studied, researched and dug the earth for clues helping make the home of George Washington one of the most accurately restored 18th century estates in America. The beauty, use and importance of Mount Vernon’s gardens and landscape will be discussed as well as preservation over the years with a focus on the most recently restored pleasure garden. Norton’s presentation is not a history lesson, but an informative yet entertaining look at the gardening world of George Washington.

Dean Norton is responsible for applying the latest plant science and management techniques to horticulture in a historic setting. He started working at Mount Vernon when he was sixteen years of age. After graduating from Clemson University he began his full time career at Mount Vernon in 1977. For over 35 years Dean has devoted considerable time to researching 18th century gardens and gardening practices. Besides being interviewed on television and radio, he has lectured before many professional organizations throughout the country and abroad and has received awards for conservation and preservation from the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Garden Club of America. He received the American Horticulture Societies Professional Award in 2006, is an honorary member of the Garden Club of Virginia, a board member of several historical sites, a screening committee member for the Garden Conservancy and a past president of the Southern Garden History Society.

$20 Members | $25 Non-members | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664 to purchase tickets. Seating is limited to 160.

American Rhododendron Society, Ozark Chapter Meeting and Workshop

November 8 

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Magnolia Room and Garden Grounds

Do you love rhododendrons but want to know more about how to grow them successfully in the South? Join members of the Ozark Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society for their annual fall meeting at the Gardens. You’ll learn what’s working from those growing these late spring beauties in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Buddy Lee of Independence, LA, who developed the popular Encore® Azalea series, will be the featured speaker. His talk will include information about great new plants for the all-season garden, as well as exciting species currently under development for Southern gardeners. Bob Byers, GWG Associate Executive Director, will give a brief introduction to the Azalea/Rhododendron and Maple collections at the Gardens and lead a tour of fall highlights in the Gardens following the lecture.

About Buddy Lee:

Robert “Buddy” Lee, the inventor of the Encore® Azalea, the world’s best-selling reblooming azalea, has more than 30 years experience in nursery management, breeding, propagation, and new plant development. Buddy currently serves a Director of Plant Innovations for Plant Development Services, the introducers of Encore® Azalea, the Southern Living® Plant Collection, and the new Sunset Western Garden Collection.
Buddy has been active in numerous horticultural groups and presently is serving as board member of IPPS-SR (International Plant Propagators Society-Southern Region) and of the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association. He is past president of The Azalea Society of America.

Free Members | $10 Non-members | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664 to make reservations.

Mrs. Garvan's Tea

November 11 

3:00 p.m. - Magnolia Room

This delightful afternoon tea features a living history presentation of Mrs. Verna Garvan, the Gardens' benefactress. Enjoy traditional tea fare and be entertained by Susan Harper, alias Mrs. Garvan.

Cost is $22 for GWG members and $28 for non-members (includes applicable tax). Seating is limited so make your reservations early by calling 501-262-9300/800-366-4664.

Culinary Series: "Elegant Edibles"

November 15 

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Join chef and culinary instructor Eve Baum for another adventure in our quarterly series filled with great food and fun. Learn how to mix flavors and textures to create taste sensations to start any gathering off right. Surprise and delight your friends with exciting treats like roasted tomato soup shots with candied bacon, feta cream tartlets, and mini vanilla panna cotta. Bring your appetite, and your pen—you’ll want to note all the chef’s tips and secrets being shared!

Reservations Required | $45 Members | $55 Non-members | Includes Lunch | Reserve online at or call 800-366-4664. Space is limited!

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