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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

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!

Yoga at the Gardens

June 1 - June 29 2019

June 1, 15, 29
10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Klipsch Amphitheatre

200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor & Thai Fusion Certified Diana Esanu will be teaching a 5-part yoga series at the magical lands of Garvan Woodland Gardens. Each class will involve skillful stretches, gentle poses, uplifting breath work, and affirmations, followed by a ten minute guided meditation - all simultaneously in connection with nature. Come enjoy a morning inhaling the beautiful scenery while receiving the fantastic benefits of yoga. BYOM (Bring your own mats!) & your most favorite people!

Free Members |$15 Non-Members (per day) | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

June Art Exhibit: Brush Strokes

June 1 - June 30 2019

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Brush Strokes is an art club whose members, both beginners through professionals, are focused on the visual arts. It was formed to provide a support network for Hot Springs Village artists, however it has expanded to include artists in the surrounding areas. Brush Strokes stated purpose is to foster a sense of community and encourage artistic growth among the members. These goals are accomplished by regular meetings and various programs such as monthly demonstrations, communal paint times, “Painting of the Month” recognition awards, opportunities to exhibit and community involvement.

Brush Strokes also sponsors national and local professional artist workshops for Brush Strokes members and non-members. For more information, please check out their webpage

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

Into to Digital Photography - 5 Part Series

June 2 - June 30 2019

Sundays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Magnolia Room & Gardens

This series is intended for beginning digital photographers with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Now that you have the great camera, how do you use it, and what do all those dials and menu items do? Learn about F-stops, ISO, depth of field, some kind of triangle, shutter speeds, and histograms, as well as learn the basics of manual mode. Garvan staffer and photographer Julia Mann has tailored her technique to demystify the process of moving to full manual mode shooting for anyone.

$45 Members | $75 Non-Members | Registration Required | Limit of 10 | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Smartphone Photography - 3 Part Series

June 3 - July 1 2019

1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Magnolia Room & Gardens

NOTE: This is a 3-part series, but each class requires a separate ticket. Classes may be attended independently.

Monday, June 3: Session I
If you would like to improve your “phonetography” this is the class for you. This beginner level class will help you learn more about your smartphone’s capabilities and how to best use them. Instruction will cover phone camera settings, the proper way to hold and stabilize your phone for sharper images, basic focusing, depth of field, and exposure, using the zoom function and touch on composition and lighting.

$10 Members | $20 Non-Members | Registration Required | Limit of 15 | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Monday, June 17: Session 2
Students will continue improving their “phonetography” skills, moving from snapshots to print-worthy photography. We will go deeper into composition, exposure, and lighting as well as the strengths and weaknesses of smartphone cameras.

$15 Members | $25 Non-Members | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Monday, July 1: Session 3
The summer smartphone photography series culminates in this fun workshop style class. Instruction includes a short review and then adjourns to the gardens to put these concepts into action with an optional critique session to end.

$15 Members | $25 Non-Members | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Thirsty Thursdays

June 6 - August 29 2019

9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Ellipse and Children's Garden
Every Thursday in June, July and August!

Beat the heat on Thursdays at the Gardens! We will have sprinklers running in both the Children’s Garden and Ellipse all day, every Thursday during the summer months of June, July and August!

Members free | Regular admission all others: $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3

Youth Education: ADLS Stations

June 19 - August 14 2019

Wednesdays: June 19

Wednesdays: July 3, 17, 31
Wednesday, August 14
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Magnolia Room & Evans Children’s Adventure Garden

Throughout the summer, the Magnolia Room will host facilitated drop-in learning sessions for children ages 8-12. Students may explore any or all of the stations, each of which has an indoor learning component and an extension project to take to the Children’s Adventure Garden. Learning stations focus on the arts, design, literature, and science. Extended projects are available for students attending multiple consecutive sessions.

$10 per child | Includes child’s General Admission | Adult General Admission required for Garden Entry

Tie Dye Workshop

June 21 

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Get groovy with Garvan staff members Bryan and Robin Carlan at our tie-dye workshop on Tie Dye Fri-dye! Each participant will take home their own original tie-dye creation! T-shirts, dyes and all materials will be provided. Shirts will be wet when finished. Shirts must be washed before wearing; special detergent provided. One t-shirt per person (Youth S - Adult XL)

$20 per person | Registration Required | Call 800-366-4664 or register online | Regular admission applies to enter the Gardens

Tie-Dye Fri-Dye

June 21 

11 a.m. -5 p.m., Garden grounds

The Gardens is getting groovy on the 3rd Friday of June. Join us in your tie-dye attire to celebrate with a beer garden and live music. Flossie’s food truck will be on site, as well as Blue Elephant snow cones. We’ll also have Chipmunk Cafe fun pop-up snack stations throughout the Gardens. Everyone can cool off at designated “sprinkler stations” located in the Children’s Garden and at the Ellipse. We cannot wait to spend the day with everyone!

Members free | Regular admission all others: $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3

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