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2018 Docent Class Schedule

May 8 - December 18 2018


Classes will meet in the Welcome Center and tour respective garden areas.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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.

  • March 13 – Orientation & History
  • March 27 – Spring Bulbs (including tulips)
  • April 10 – Garden of the Pine Wind
  • April 24 – Ferns & Shade Tolerant Plants
  • May 8 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve (focus on native species)
  • June 5 – Summer Annuals
  • July 10* – Flowering Border (revised date)
  • July 17 – Perry Wildflower Meadow
  • October 16 – Japanese Maple Hill & Woodland Walk
  • November 6 – Mums & Winter Annuals
  • December 18 – Winter Interest
Please call (501) 262-9300 to register for all classes or Register Online | Registration Required | Online registration requires a separate ticket for each class desired | Class space is limited

Bonsai Essentials Series - Techniques and Summer Care

June 2 - August 4 2018


First Saturdays in Summer: June 2, July 7 & August 4
10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center


Garvan Horticulturist Bryan Carlan presents a review of seasonal care, tips, and techniques for budding Bonsai gardeners. Bryan will demonstrate best practices for ensuring a healthy and attractive specimen.

Free Members | Regular admission Non-members | Reserve Online or call 800-366-4664 | Please submit a separate online reservation for each class desired

July Art Exhibit "America's Splendid Wonders"

July 1 - July 31 2018


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

Photographer Tim Gorman will be presenting his collection of pristine photographic images entitled “America’s Splendid Wonders”. The exhibit is a splendid collection from across America: from the Olympic Peninsula to the East Coast, plus favorite Arkansas images. The collection highlights the National and State parks: Glacier, Olympic, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, plus beauty and color across the landscapes and nature.

Tim’s professional photography career began in the ‘80’s working for photography studios in Fort Smith. He has done architectural, aerial, and commercial photography for clients throughout the mid-South. He has studied with well-known Arkansas and California photographers. He has been published in many construction and architectural magazines.

Tim’s main interests are in making archival fine art landscape, macro, floral, and nature prints on high-end wide-format printers, while continually upgrading his photographic nature stock of images across the America, some of which were taken in the Hot Springs area.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

Watercolors in the Garden - WAITING LIST

July 25 


9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Join us 9:00 a.m. for a short guided stroll to Garvan’s Bridge of the Full Moon. Upon return, watercolorist Cynthia Schanink will teach a landscape paint-along class, with the Bridge as the subject. The instructor will provide a drawing for participants to trace onto watercolor paper. No experience is required for this workshop, which is geared toward beginner artists. Cynthia will demonstrate each step to a finished painting for participants to take home in less than three hours. All materials are provided.

$44 Members | $60 Non-Members | This class has a waiting list; please call 800-366-4664

Garvan Rocks for Kids!

July 28 


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

Come join local artist Sissy Hubbard as she shares the generations-old tradition of drawing on stones in a class geared for kids. Participants will create their own Garvan Rocks and hide them in the Gardens for others to find if they choose.

$10 per participating individual | Reservations required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

August Art Exhibit "The World Around Us"

August 1 - August 31 2018


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

Hot Springs Village Artists Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel and Caryl Joy Young combine their talents to present this exhibit. The interpretive feelings of all three will be vividly expressed in oils, pastel, and watercolor.

Shirley Anderson, who was recently elected to the Board of the International Association of Pastel Societies and serves as the Exhibition Chair, has a passion for plein aire painting. She recently returned from her annual California trip to join other plein aire enthusiasts and has, in the past, traveled to Spain and France to paint the landscape. Shirley performs demonstrations for art groups and teaches workshops in the Central Arkansas area.

Barbara Seibel began her lifelong painting career at the age of eight when she took her first art lessons. She later operated art schools in Kentucky and North Carolina. She has won numerous awards for her lovely watercolors. She teaches art workshops regionally and watercolor classes aboard luxury cruise ships, painting in such exotic locales as the Amazon, South Africa, Iceland, Thailand and Singapore.
Caryl Joy Young’s passion for painting began when she stood in front of Van Gogh’s Starry Night in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Having taken classes from nationally-recognized pastel and oil painters, she had her first thrill of accomplishment in 2008 when she was invited to participate in Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Beauty and the Brush. Today her art hangs in the Artists’ Workshop Gallery in downtown Hot Springs.

All three artists have exhibited throughout Arkansas. For several years they have participated in ArtWorks at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

Natural State Ecology Day Camp Session 3 (ages 8-12)

August 7 - August 9 2018


9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Gardens

The Garvan Education Department offers conservation-themed day camps for children ages 8-12. Each day will feature hiking, interactive science lessons, art and design projects, and more! Students will enjoy activities that explore the amazing ecology of the Natural State, while emphasizing the importance of respectful behavior and stewardship of natural resources. Participants should pack bug spray, sunscreen, a lunch, and a water bottle. Please call about early drop off and extended care for your child.

$55 per day | Reservations Required | Online registrants must purchase a separate ticket for each day desired | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Mosaic-Making Workshop

August 21 - August 22 2018


10 a.m.–4 p.m., each day, Magnolia Room

Back by popular demand! Local artist and Garvan staff member Suzie Burch presents a two-day creative workshop. Each participant will design and create a mosaic garden-planter art piece.

Following the principal, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure,” mosaic art can be made by up cycling materials often found at the flea market or the neighborhood yard sale. While all materials are provided, students are encouraged to bring old trinkets, stones, and other pieces of “junk” that they would like to include in their finished piece of art.

Day one will find students designing and placing pieces. Day two will allow students to grout and cure the finished product. Bring a lunch or order from the Chipmunk Café.

$35 Members | $50 Non-Members | Class size limited, sign up early! | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Art & Wine

August 31 


6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Back by popular demand! Join local artist Dee Garrett as she presents an acrylic painting workshop for artists at the beginner level. Come early to stroll the Gardens and find inspiration from seasonal blooms. The subject for this class will be derived from seasonal garden inspiration.

Participants may enjoy complimentary wine and cheese as they practice their techniques, creating 8” x 10” finished pieces on canvas. All materials are provided. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

$44 Members | $60 Non-Members | Limited seating | Reservations required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

September Art Exhibit "Traditional Art Guild"

September 1 - September 30 2018


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

The Traditional Art Guild of Hot Springs will present their People’s Choice Award Show at Garvan Woodland Gardens throughout the month of September. Paintings of nature subjects in all mediums (oil, acrylic, pastels and watercolor) will be presented. The art will also be offered for sale by the artists with a portion of the sale going to projects at the Gardens. The art show winners are chosen by votes from visitors to the Gardens. Please come to the Magnolia Room anytime throughout the month of September and vote for your favorite painting.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

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