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Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Takes Flight-EXTENDED thru 9/7

May 8 - September 7 2015

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily

The mystery and magic of Mystic Creatures will return in 2015, taking topiary art to new heights of imagination with Mystic Creatures: Topiary Art Takes Flight. From May 8 through August 31, Garvan Woodland Gardens will be inhabited by a mysterious menagerie of mystical creatures, including a 40-foot long Sea Serpent, 13-foot tall Sasquatch, Fairy Gourdmother playhouse, a family of Marching Mushrooms, a village of fairies, and a new majestic 20-foot wide "flaming" Phoenix. Each sculpture will feature new color palettes and plant designs and will be located in several new areas in the Gardens. Sculptures will be incorporated into specific areas with plantings that anchor each design to the surrounding garden features.

In 2014, a record number of summer visitors were fascinated with viewing the Gardens specially-designed topiary sculptures. Each living display is made of literally tens of thousands of brightly colored annuals planted in intricate patterns on steel forms covered with netting and soil. Individual irrigation systems and meticulous grooming keep the sculptures looking bright and beautiful all summer long. Created by the same garden staff and volunteers that help produce the highly-acclaimed Holiday Lights show, Mystic Creatures has become a must-see attraction for summer visitors to Hot Springs.

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

September Art Exhibit: "Mixing It Up"

September 1 - September 30 2015

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

In this eclectic exhibit, artists Linda Shearer, Joyce Weaver, and Sheliah Halderman will show their artwork.

Linda Shearer studied Chinese Brush Painting for over 25 years. She paints with both the spontaneous, or Hsieh-I style, and fine line or traditional style on rice paper. She teaches painting in Hot Springs Village and has demonstrated for a variety of clubs and organizations. Her work is permanently on display at The Artists’ Workshop Gallery in Hot Springs. Linda’s paintings include tranquil and majestic landscapes, and dynamic, lively florals that capture the essence of nature. Linda will be demonstrating Chinese Brush Paintings and presenting a brief overview of Chinese Brush Painting styles on Monday, September 21 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Joyce Weaver: People, animals and still life are her favorite subject matter in a variety of media, pastel is her preference. She is also a calligrapher. Being an active member of Brush Strokes fine art club in Hot Springs Village and the Artists’ Workshop Gallery in Hot Springs has given her opportunities to exhibit her work in various venues.

Sheliah Halderman is noted for her pastel landscapes and florals. Sheliah finds her inspiration from the beautiful scenery around her here in Arkansas and from her travels thru out the US, one could describe her paintings as colorful and compelling. Her paintings have won many awards both Nationally and locally. She is currently a member of Brush Strokes, Hot Springs Village Arts Council, Arkansas Artists Registry, Artists’ Workshop Gallery, and recently was awarded the honor of being a Signature Member of the Arkansas Pastel Society.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Master Gardener Day at GWG!

September 10 

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

Garvan Woodland Gardens will honor Master Gardeners from across Arkansas with free admission to the Gardens on Thursday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year’s event includes gardening lessons along the Garden, ample dining opportunities throughout the day with food trucks (Southern Salt Food Company and The Pie Hole) from Little Rock, as well as the Chipmunk Café at the Gardens. Lunch boxes from the Chipmunk Café may be pre-ordered online. (Turkey on Ciabatta bread, Chicken Salad on Multi-grain bun, or Pimiento Cheese on wheat bread - each with chips, cookie, grapes and drink of either bottled tea or water).

There is a special Master Gardener Day T-shirt for this year’s event for $15 with the design shown. Shirts must be pre-ordered by calling the office or online by August 24. Shirts are short-sleeved white and come in standard sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. There is a separate "ticket" for each size. Please make sure you choose the correct size when you order.

Master Gardener name tags or current membership cards must be shown for free admission. Every Master Gardener will receive a free 2016 MG calendar when they arrive.

If you are not a Master Gardener but have an interest in and love for gardening, this is a must-attend event for fall! Join gardening lovers from all over the state for this one-day event celebrating all things “garden” in the Natural State. What a great way to gather inspiration and information to help plan your own fall planting!

Master Gardeners admitted free with Master Gardener name tag or current membership card
Click here to purchase Chipmunk Lunch Box or Master Gardener Day T-Shirt online
All others: GWG Members Free | $15 adults | $5 ages 6-12 | Free ages 0-5

Garvan Greenhouse Blowout Sale

September 10 - September 11 2015

9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Welcome Center Deck

Garvan Woodland Gardens will offer a blowout clearance sale of plants from the Gardens’ greenhouses and nursery areas on Sept. 10 and 11 in the Gardens. Hundreds of greenhouse-grown plants, trees and shrubs will be for sale. According to Becca Ohman, Garden Director, “prices will be exceptionally low” on native Garvan-grown plants, such as Japanese maples, azaleas, and Rose of Sharon. Plants offered for sale have been painstakingly nurtured in the Gardens’ nursery areas, but the time has come for plants that are not scheduled for placement in the Gardens to be liquidated.

Thursday, September 10 is the Gardens’ traditional Master Gardener Appreciation Day, and Master Gardeners will be able to have first pick of plants and take advantage of the great prices on that day. Master Gardeners receive free admission to the Gardens on that day only and plants will be available for purchase beginning at 9 a.m. Fall is considered the ideal planting time for trees and shrubs, so the timing of the sale is ideal for garden lovers and do-it-yourselfers alike.

The sale will be open to the public both days and will take place inside the Garden grounds.
Master Gardeners admitted free on September 10 only with Master Gardener name tag and current membership card.
All others pay regular admission to shop the sale: Members free | $15 adults | $5 ages 6-12 | free ages 0-5.

Artisan Series "Hypertufa, the Basics and Beyond"

September 12 

Saturday, September 12
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Magnolia Room and Railroad Garden Deck at Welcome Center

There aren't many materials adapted to more uses around the home than hypertufa. This light-weight concrete is tough, can be stained, painted, or used as a substrate for mosaics, and formed into any shape you can imagine. Join Garage Sale Queen and hypertufa expert Kandy Jones, who'll talk about using simple recipes, mixing hypertufa to proper consistency, basics of hand building, mold usage, and adding decorative materials. Each student builds their own planter, birdbath, or stepping stone to take home. Your imagination is the only limitation and Kandy has plenty of that to share. Students will also look at textures, techniques, and using armatures. The most popular part? Leaf casting!

$90 registration fee. Contact Kandy to sign up and pay the registration fee 501-375-0068 or check her website at

Culinary Series "Savory, Sweet, Sour: Herbal and Spiced Vinegars"

September 16 

Wednesday, September 16
9:00 a.m. -  Noon, Magnolia Room

Nothing adds zip to dinner like vinegar and long-time professional baker and artisan Lynn Harris shows how you can spice up the vinegar, too. From understanding different types of this tart favorite and their uses to enhancing the unique qualities of each with blends of herbs, spices, and fruits, learn all the ins and outs of creating amazing taste sensations. Participants will make a variety of their own personalized flavors to take home and leave knowing everything you need to know to make more. All supplies provided.

$10 Members | $25 Non-Members | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

The Sweet Life: Diabetic Empowerment

September 17 - October 22 2015

Thursdays -  September 17, 24 & October 1, 8, 15, 22
2:30-4:30 p.m. each day, Magnolia Room

Diabetes can be a challenge, with conflicting advice and seemingly overwhelming amounts of information. Kathy Packard from the Oaklawn Center on Aging shares tips and techniques that can make living with diabetes full and joyful. Join us and live the sweet life!

Free, but advance registration required by calling 623-0020.

"Strength in Motion" Tai-Chi

September 17 - November 5 2015

Thursdays, September 17-Nov. 5, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Great Lawn, (Magnolia Room or Garden Pavilion for Rain Dates)

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 recommended, no reservations necessary.

Class is free with Garden admission.

"Understated Elegance: Ikebana" Workshop

September 21 

Monday, September 21
1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Learning from the Chinese, the Japanese adapted their art and philosophy to all aspects of life and made it their own. And there’s no more elegant or exotic example than ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Instructor and long-time practitioner Rita Monsen discusses and demonstrates the basics, then allows participants to try their hand at this graceful, but deceptively simple, art. Custom made Ikebana container and supplies included.

$35 Members | $50 Non-members | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101 "A Tree in a Tray"

September 21 

Monday, September 21
9:30-10:30 a.m., Magnolia Room

Few things conjure exotic images of the Orient more than bonsai, the Japanese art of emulating craggy, weather-worn trees in miniature. From the specially designed and built tray used for holding carefully sculpted trees to pruning for form and structure, it’s all about the details. Garden staff members who maintain the Gardens collection will share secrets of success with the art and the culture of these “trees in a tray.”

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

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