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Health Walks in the Gardens

March 3 - June 30 2014

March – June ONLY, No walks for July & August, Starts back in September

3 Mile Moderate - 9 a.m. Mondays - Garden Grounds, various routes
1 Mile Beginner - 9 a.m. Tuesdays - Garden Grounds, various routes

Starting Monday, March 3rd, two of the Gardens' most avid walkers will begin leading Guided Health Walks in the Gardens once weekly. Local fitness fan and Anthony Chapel singer Sharon Turrentine will lead a 3-mile walk every Monday at 9 a.m. for moderate level walkers. Garvan Woodland Gardens staffer Paula Wallace will lead a 1-mile walk every Tuesday at 9 a.m. for beginner level walkers.

Walkers are invited to meet at the Welcome Center to join the groups. Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes. No reservations are necessary.

The guided walks are free to members, while regular Gardens admission applies for non-members.

Garden Tai Chi for Diabetes

March 6 - May 29 2014

Every Thursday, Starting March 6 - May 29
1:30-2:30pm, Ellen  Edmondson Great Lawn

Join Kathy Packard from the Oaklawn Center on Aging to learn the art of Tai Chi and how it helps individuals with not only diabetes but all sorts of health ailments. The major problems of diabetes are the associating complications such as heart disease, visual impairment, and stroke.

Tai Chi focuses on building strength, balance and flexibility through slow, fluid movements combined with mental imagery and deep breathing. Scientific studies have shown tai chi to have beneficial effects on cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength, balance, peripheral circulation, reduced tension, and anxiety. These in turn minimize the complications of diabetes.

Wear loose comfortable clothing. Can be barefoot or wear soft shoes that do not restrict movement of the feet.

For more information or to enroll in this class, call the Oaklawn Center on Aging at 501-623-0020. Admission is free to Garden members, $10 admission for non-members. The class is no charge.

Garden Stroller Strut

March 7 - September 26 2014

Every Friday, Starting March 7-September 26
10:30-11:00 a.m., Pratt Welcome Center

Join us for a morning stroll to awaken your senses! Parents and caregivers of young children are invited for this short interactive walking tour.

Free with admission. No registration required.

Tulip Extravaganza

April 1 - April 20 2014

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

A must see! Garvan's 130,000 vibrant tulips put on their show during the Gardens' now famous Tulip Extravaganza. Even before the tulips begin their showy bloom, tens of thousands of fragrant hyacinths and daffodils put on a spectacular spring show. Later, in April, hundreds of red, pink, violet, and white azaleas and thousands of delicate dogwood blossoms will be on center stage for a show like no other in the Natural State.

Bloom times vary according to temperatures and rainfall. Check the Gardens' Facebook page for current photos of our blooms, or call for more information.

Members free, $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 0-5.

April Art Exhibit: "Three Artists"

April 1 - April 30 2014

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

In this eclectic exhibit, artists Marlene Gremillion, Sheliah Halderman, and Linda Shearer partner to showcase their work. From water media and collage, to pastel landscapes and florals, pen and ink, oils, to Chinese scroll paintings and rice paper paintings–this exhibit will “have it all!”

Members free, regular Gardens admission applies to all others.

Gardening 101 Workshop: "Great American Gardens: The Virtual Tour"

April 22 

9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

Do you love gardens? Are you looking for some new destinations for travel? If so, let the Garden’s landscape architect and frequent traveler Bob Byers take you on a guided tour of the best botanical gardens and nature centers in the U.S. With slides and great garden plants from each to try at home, it’s a great vicarious journey. Add a few new places to your bucket list or just sit back and enjoy some great garden scenery!

Free to GWG members & regular admission for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Please call 501-262-9300 to register. Space is limited.

Drop-In Family Program: "Naturally Dyed Eggs"

April 25 - April 26 2014

April 25 and April 26
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Education Center

Certain plants contain powerful dyes that create stunning colors. Join us for this interactive class to learn more about these plants while decorating vibrant eggs. Your children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult.

$5/child plus Garden admission. No registration necessary for Drop-In Programs.

May Art Exhibit: "Arkansas Pastel Society"

May 1 - May 31 2014

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

The Arkansas Pastel Society, a non-profit educational organization, consists of a regional group of artists who work in either soft or oil pastels. Their show will demonstrate a variety of techniques portraying beautiful scenery and subjects in pastels. To see their work, visit their website:

Members free, regular Gardens admission applies to all others.

Garden Art Series: "Silk Scarf Painting" - SOLD OUT

May 3 

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Join local artist and Garden staff member Susan Harper for this fun hands-on workshop. You will explore the techniques of painting with brilliant color dyes on silk. Design techniques are easy to apply and flowers are the perfect subject for this art form. Classes are taught in an open, relaxed manner and geared for the beginner interested in exploring silk painting.

$100 for Garden members and $125 for non-members.

This class will include lunch and the following supplies: 2 long and 2 square scarves, frame for long scarves, silk dyes-4 colors for mixing gutta and applicator bottle, permanent dye set and 1 small bamboo brush. You will have an additional supply list that you will be responsible for bringing. The class is limited to 10 participants. Pre-Registration is required. Registration deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014. You will receive only a partial refund after April 18, 2014 and will be able to pick up your supplies at the Garden. Please Call 501-262-9300 to register.

Drop-In Family Program: "Peacocks!"

May 3 - May 17 2014

May 3, May 10 and May 17
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Education Center

Did you know that there's no such thing as a "girl peacock". The birds are actually called Peafowl... With the male being the peacock and the female being the peahen! Join us to learn more and see our Garden Peafowl friends and take home a craft as well. Your children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult.

$5/child plus Garden admission. No registration necessary for Drop-In Programs.

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