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"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: http://wgarysmith.com/about

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

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. 

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.

Silk Painting Workshop with Jamie Kirkell - SOLD OUT

July 25 - July 26 2016


9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Millsap Bride’s Hall


Jamie Kirkell presents a two-day silk painting workshop for beginners. Admission to this class includes all materials that will be used during the class. Participants will paint three silk scarves each!

Day 1: Introduction of participants, setting up of workstations, introduction to painting on silk and wax resist techniques, design theory and painting designs on silk

Day 2: Continue with design theory and painting on silk, introduction of special techniques, clean up, display artwork, fashion show

$175 per Non-Member | $150 per Member | Lunch available through Chipmunk Café | Register online or call 800-366-4664 | Space is limited and you must register on or before July 18, 2016. 

August Art Exhibit: "Mixing It Up"

August 1 - August 31 2016


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

Linda Shearer, Joyce Weaver, and Sheliah Halderman will show their artwork.

Linda Shearer’s paintings include traditional and contemporary scenes of misty mountains, waterfalls, peaceful rivers and vibrant flowers and birds. She uses a variety of rice papers and her paintings encourage the viewer to relate to the scene and sense the unique quality and beauty of nature.

Joyce Weaver works in watercolor and mixed media. Favorite subjects include people, pets and still life, although her show will contain several landscapes and some abstract art. She is a member of Brush Strokes and the Artists’ Workshop Gallery in Hot Springs, and has won several ribbons in competition.

Sheliah Halderman is mainly a pastel artist who enjoys painting all subjects but primarily paints landscapes of Arkansas and from photos from her travels. She has also taught pastel classes and workshops thru local art groups and at the National Park Community College.

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

Garvan Rocks! with Sissy Hubbard

August 9 


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!

$5 children under 18 | $10 member adults | $15 non-member adults  | pre-registration required | Click here to register online or call 800-366-4664

Fall in the Woodlands

September 1 - November 18 2016


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

It’s the most colorful time of the year at Garvan, when Japanese maples are in full color and the hardwood forest glows in autumn’s light. Thousands of vibrant annuals and perennials, including our annual mum fest will be the show-stoppers in our fall garden.

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

"Pearl's Girls" Anniversary Performance

September 11 


3 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The girls return for an encore performance of the play "Pearl’s Girls." "Pearl's Girls”, an award winning One Act play, written by local writer, Isobel McQuiston, will be premiered on Sunday, September 11, 2016  in Anthony Chapel. In 2000, The Crystal Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Westcliffe, Colorado sponsored their first New Colorado Voices One Act Play Contest. The McQuistons were living in Colorado at the time. Isobel submitted “Pearl's Girls” and was chosen the winner. This play was presented on stage in the historic Jones Theater in Westcliffe, Colorado. Isobel explains the title. “My mother was Pearl, and my sisters and I often referred to ourselves as Pearl's girls. I was the youngest, my three sisters were all several years older. They have all passed.”

“Pearl's Girls” have gathered in their family home to discuss and decide the distribution of the home and it's contents. Preparing for the inevitable is difficult for every family and the timing is never convenient but not something they can avoid. It often brings out the best and the worst of family relationships.

The cast includes:

Betty Johann as Marian, who lived most of her adult life in California.
Doreen Wilson (Pearl's oldest grandchild, who will portray her own mother) Hannah, who never lived more than seven miles from the family home.
Sharon Turrentine, Rita, always considered the prettiest in the family and a bit materialistic.
Jodi Tooke, Eve, benefited from her position as the baby in the family but was also the one expected to handle situations as her parents aged.
Lynn Pellegrino..........................the unexpected.  

 Performance is free and open to the public.

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