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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

Tai-Chi Series: "Strength in Motion"

March 17 - June 16 2016

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Great Lawn

It’s beautiful and good for you. Join Oaklawn Center on Aging to learn this ancient, low impact practice that increases flexibility, balance, and strength. Loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.

Free Members | $15 Non-Members | SPECIAL: $25 any five sessions | $50 any ten sessions | Must pre-register to utilize special rate | | (501) 262-9300

"Meet the Horticulturist" Series (March-May)

March 31 - May 26 2016

Select Thursdays this Spring!
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Magnolia Room, Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens Horticulture Specialist Minnie Shelor shares seasonal and topical gardening tips. Presentations will be offered in the Magnolia Room with some portions presented outdoors among various Garvan landscapes.
Free Members | $15 Non-members | No registration required

Proper Bed Making
Thursday, March 31

Preparing your soils for planting– For those who are new to gardening, the basics of and tips on how to prepare your soils for planting. Topics covered include soil amendment, testing your soils, planting basics, and basics of mulching.

Tickled Pink (and Blue and Purple and Red….)
Thursday, April 14

Selecting annual color – Learn how to use a color wheel to select colors that work well together, as well as determine the best annuals for your site.  Determine what information you need before your trip to the garden center and how to interpret the information on the tags.

Contain Your Excitement
Thursday, April 28

Tips and tricks for gardening in small spaces – Don’t let those small spaces be neglected!  Learn the basics of container gardening: from how to select your containers all through how to maintain your containers through the winter months.

Your Mum Is Hungry
Thursday, May 19

Fertilizer Basics – Decipher the mysteries behind the formulations, why organic fertilizers may suit your needs, and signs to look for to determine when to fertilize.

Cut it Out
Thursday, May 26

Cut flower gardening – Bring your flowers inside by selecting varieties of flowers that do well as cut flowers.  A selection of plants will be discussed, as well as some basics on flower arrangement, pressing, and drying.

"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

May Art Exhibit "Artsy 2" by Millie Steveken and Cynthia Schanink

May 1 - May 31 2016

“Artsy Two” Millie Steveken and Cynthia Schanink of Hot Springs Village are exhibiting watercolor and acrylic paintings of landscape, portrait, floral and abstract. The artists love to paint the Gardens when they come to visit. They have been painting most of their lives and received numerous awards in many different art shows. They are members of the village art group Brush Strokes, the Fine Arts Center and Traditional Art Guild in Hot Springs and Mid-Southern Watercolor Society.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room and are free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Cinco de Mayo FUNraiser

May 5 

6 - 8 p.m., Garvan Pavilion

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Garvan Woodland Gardens! Join us for a FUN evening at the Garvan Pavilion celebrating summer. Traditional Mexican foods will be served. Sip margaritas, beer, or mango peach tea while enjoying festive musical entertainment! Take an after hours stroll through the beautiful Gardens. Come alone or bring a crowd. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Menu by Special Touch Catering, Debbie Talley:

  • Chicken Enchiladas
  • Mexican Rice & Black Beans
  • White Cheese Dip
  • 7-Layer Dip
  • Salsa & Chips
  • Mini Sopapillas
  • Beverages: Margaritas, beer, mango peach tea and water

$30 Members | $45 Non-members | Advance Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

National Public Gardens Day

May 6 

The annual day of celebration to raise awareness of America’s public gardens and their important role in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education in communities nationwide. Garvan is offering a 25% off coupon for purchases in the GardenShop on that day. May not be combined with other discounts.

Get the coupon here (must print coupon for discount):

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

Ouachita Hills Academy Mother's Day Handbell Concert

May 8 

3:00 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The talented handbell choir from Ouachita Hills Academy returns to delight audiences with their beautiful sounds for Mother’s Day.

Concert is free and open to the public.

In the Garden: Tropicals with Janet Carson

May 12 

Magnolia Room
9:30 a.m. – Lunch – 3:00 p.m.

With Summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to experiment with plants that enjoy a tropical climate! Join Arkansas State Horticulture Specialist Janet Carson and friends as they present seasoned tips shared by local and regional Master Gardeners. This topical class is perfect for gardeners of all levels of experience! Registration begins and refreshments will be served at 9:00 a.m.

$15 Members | $30 Non-Members, includes Garden admission | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Survey Says! with Gena Stout

May 14 

Magnolia Room
10:00 a.m. – Lunch – 4:00 p.m.

Join Master Gardener County 76 speaker Gena Stout as she enlightens on a broad survey of topics:

  • Companion Plants
  • Edibles in the Landscape
  • Phenology
  • Shade Gardening
  • Square Foot Gardening
$15 Members | $30 Non-Members, includes Garden admission | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

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