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Group Health Walks - Pets and Strollers Welcome!

March 4 - May 31 2019

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center

Stimulate your heart and senses as you take in the beautiful grounds on organized health walks in the Gardens! Walks are held rain or shine; join all three each week and meet your fitness goals at Garvan!

• Mondays – 3 miles in 52 minutes with fitness buff Sharon Turrentine
• Wednesdays – 2+ miles- “Halfway Hike” co-led by Ginger Ladehoff & Dee Garrett
• Fridays – 2+ miles – “The Week-ender” with Rush Fentress

Free Members | $15 Non-members | No Reservations Required!

Botanical Illustration Series

March 9 - May 4 2019

2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Magnolia Room

Local artist Ginger Ladehoff and Garvan Director of Education Rush Fentress co-teach a series of classes focused on creating meaningful botanical illustrations. Ginger will instruct students on drawing techniques, and Rush will discuss the botany behind the subject matter. Each class will focus on a different plant (or group of plants). These classes include a short botanical lecture and one-on-one instruction with drawings. All materials are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own pencils if desired.
  • March 9 – Tulipa sp. (tulips)
  • April 20 – Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
  • May 4 - Hydrangea macrophylla (bigleaf hydrangea)

$25 Members (per class) | $40 Non-Members | Registration Required | Register online for classes separately or call 800-366-4664

Docent Training Classes

March 12 - November 5 2019

Classes meet in the Welcome Center on Tuesdays
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. each class

  • March 12: Orientation and History
  • March 26: Spring Bulbs (including tulips)
  • April 9: Garden of the Pine Wind
  • April 23: Ferns and Shade Tolerant Plants
  • May 7: Children's Garden & Nature Preserve (focus on native species)
  • June 4: Summer Annuals
  • July 9: Flowering Border (focus on perennials)
  • July 16: Perry Wildflower Meadow
  • October 15: Mums and Early Fall Interest
  • November 5: Forestry and Late Fall Interest
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.

Free | Registration Required | Please call 501-262-9300 to register for all classes or register online for each class individually

Homeschool Focus: Kid's Workshops

March 13 - May 29 2019

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Tree House & Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Kids will love these classes beginning in the Bonsai Center and then moving to the Bob & Sunny Evans Tree House in the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden. Each of the Homeschool Focus sessions is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and provides children with a hands-on project to help solidify the learning. Lessons are geared toward grades K-5.
  • March 13 – Seeds!
  • March 27 – Conservation of Natural Resources
  • April 10 – Peafowl Exploration
  • April 24 – Life Cycles of Animals
  • May 15 – Pollinators & Plant Reproduction
  • May 29 – Macroinvertebrate Stream Study

$10 per child (or participating adult) per class | Registration Required | Register online for each class separately | Call 800-366-4664 to register for multiple classes.

April Art Exhibit: Wall Sculptures by Lori Arnold

April 1 - April 30 2019

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Arkansas Sculptor Lori Arnold celebrates her art with a special Art Exhibit for Garvan Woodland Gardens.
Specializing in porcelain clay and fired glass, Arnold has created original contemporary wall sculptures designed with a focus on the gardens. “Over the course of my life, I developed a willingness to embrace new ideas with an opened mind and an open heart. As I learn about and develop my art form, I’ve realized my greatest strength lies in being able to fully express myself through each piece I create. It is my passion. My goal is provoking thought while touching emotions, all the while granting viewers the ability to connect and be inspired on a deeper level.” -Lori Arnold

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public during regular operating hours.

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

April 3 - June 26 2019

There are several options for these classes:

Wednesdays, April 3 – June 26
• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Qigong Tai Chi

Thursdays, April 4 – June 27
• 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Beginner Short Staff
• 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advanced Short Staff

Join Oaklawn Center on Aging staff to learn this ancient, low impact practice that increases flexibility, balance, and strength. Loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable footwear are recommended. Classes will meet on the Great Lawn or near the Pavilion.

Free Members | $15 Non-Members (per day) | Non-Member Special: $45 Spring Tai Chi Pass | Pass can be purchased in the GardenShop | No reservations necessary!

Herbalist Series: Session 3-Uses & Recipes

April 28 

2 – 3:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

What am I supposed to do with all of these herbs? Session 3 concludes the Spring Herbalist Series, with an investigation into practical uses of herbs. With uses ranging from cleaning products to calming teas, Tami shares recipes that will help you put all those homegrown herbs to use. What’s the dill with all of these herb puns?

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

Landscape for Life: 5 Weeks

May 1 - May 29 2019

1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Magnolia Room & Millsap Bride’s Hall

Landscape for Life is a class designed to encourage participants to embrace sustainable practices while improving or developing a property. Over this five-session series, each participant will produce a design project with assistance and guidance from instructors. Local industry professionals serve as guest speakers as the class navigates the curriculum found at

$50 Individual | $65 Couple Doing Project Together | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

May Art Exhibit: Paintings by Judy Ladd

May 1 - May 31 2019

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Judy’s art career spans many years of education in the arts as well as juried art competitions in Arkansas, Houston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. Judy studied Fine Arts and Geology at the University of Houston. Judy lived in Socorro, New Mexico where her interest in old historical sites drew her attention and she painted abandoned buildings and structures indigenous to the desert. Her paintings were displayed in a gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1999 her paintings were accepted into a juried New Mexico Art Contest at the New Mexico State Fair Grounds.

As a scuba diver, in Houston, Texas, Judy started painting underwater sites that fascinated her so she went under the nom de plume, The Diving Artist.

After moving to Hot Springs, Judy painted local interesting sites, pets and buildings. She has done commissioned work around the US and continues her exploration in oils, water colors and acrylics. Judy continues to accept commissions for any subject and will deliver in any medium.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public during regular operating hours.

"Bonsai for Beginners: Nursery to Stock Pot"

May 4 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Back by popular demand! Garvan Horticulturist Bryan Carlan leads a hands-on workshop for beginning Bonsai gardeners. Bryan will discuss plant selection, container and materials sources, and techniques for producing a Bonsai specimen that will endure the years. Each participant will produce a potted Bonsai style tree.

$45 Members | $60 Non-members | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

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