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March Art Exhibit

March 1 - March 31 2015

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

In March, two of the Artistic Diva’s, Millie Steveken and Cynthia Schanink, will once again grace the walls of the Magnolia room with beautiful watercolors. These long time friends enjoy painting together locally and abroad. Their latest technique is pouring paint on paper to produce lively results. Many of the paintings depict garden scenery.

Since moving to Arkansas twenty one years ago, Millie has devoted a great deal of time to painting and teaching watercolors, but she is also accomplished in other mediums. Her works have appeared in many juried shows where she has won numerous awards, and was also selected for the Artist-in-Residence program at Hot Springs National Park..She is past president of the “Artists’ Workshop Gallery” and Hot Springs Village “Brush Strokes”.” She continues to be active in these groups as well as “Mid-Southern Watercolor Society” The Repertory Theatre Artworks, and “The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs”. Her work is included in both national and private collections throughout the United States.

Cynthia, a grandmother of five, raised her three children here in Arkansas while painting and teaching in watercolor for over 30 years. Presently she is president of Hot Springs Village “Brush Strokes”. While she earned signature statues of “Mid-Southern Watercolorists,” she is also secretary and past president of the “Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs”. She is not retired from working with her husband Daniel as president in their company “TLC Vacation Rentals” with three houses that rent out short term on Mt. Nebo and Hot Springs Village. Her work has earned numerous awards in juried exhibitions and is included in both national and private collections throughout the world. When she takes a vacation it is on a cruise ship teaching watercolor to the interested guests on sea days.

Advanced Health Walks

March 2 - June 29 2015

Mondays beginning March 2 through June 29
9:00-10:00 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center Lobby

Beautiful morning strolls in an even more beautiful setting, but with a twist! Fitness buff Sharon Turrentine takes you on exhilarating 3-mile hikes through places in the Gardens most folks never see. It’s always a different route with something interesting to see and you’ll get your week off to a great start. Comfortable clothes appropriate to the weather and good walking shoes recommended. No reservations required, please join us!

Free with admission

Beginner Health Walks

March 3 - June 30 2015

Tuesdays beginning March 3 through June 30
9:00-10:00 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center Lobby

This 1-mile walk is perfect for those who want to really savor the Gardens while they get some great exercise. Garden staff members lead participants on a carefully selected course each week to get the blood pumping while enjoying whatever’s in season. Comfortable clothes appropriate to the weather and good walking shoes recommended. No reservations required, please join us!

Free with admission

Tulip Extravaganza

March 22 - April 19 2015

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

A must see! Garvan's 148,000 vibrant bulbs put on their show during the Gardens' beautifully famous Tulip Extravaganza. Even before the tulips begin their showy bloom, fragrant hyacinths and daffodils put on a spectacular spring show. Following the tulip bloom, hundreds of red, pink, violet, and white azaleas and thousands of delicate dogwood blossoms will be on center stage for a show like no other in the Natural State.

Bloom times vary according to temperatures and rainfall. Check the Gardens' Facebook page for current photos of our blooms.

Members free, $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 0-5.

Eggscellent Easter! SOLD OUT

March 29 

1:30-4 p.m., Magnolia Room

Come join in the fun and learn one of the world’s oldest continuously practiced art forms. Pysanky, or Ukrainian eggs, are created through a simple batik process using wax and dyes, but the results can be stunning. It’s great for the whole family and you can’t beat the excitement of revealing the final design underneath as the wax is melted away. All supplies provided. Open to children 6 and older, parental supervision required.

$10 Members | $25 Non-members | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

April Art Exhibit

April 1 - April 30 2015

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

Step into the exhibit space of the Magnolia Room at Garvan Woodland Gardens in April to see the artwork of The Monday Studio Artists of Hot Springs Village. Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel and Caryl Joy Young will share with you their love of the gardens and the great outdoors in this stunning exhibit in pastels, acrylics and watercolor.

Gardening 101 Workshops: "Vertical Gardening", "Espalier" & "Berries"

April 2 

9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Magnolia Room (3 classes)

Growing Up! Vertical Gardening

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

Whether you’re looking for space to expand or just want to try a fun new way to garden, let Bob Byers take you on a tour of all the ways to grow up! From planter walls to creative ways of suspending pots on fences and trellises, you’ll see dozens of ways to get off the ground for even more fun with gardening. Great for those with limited space!

Diamonds, Trellises and Trees: Espalier
11 a.m.-Noon, Magnolia Room

It’s beautiful, it’s efficient, and it’s classy. After all, it’s French! Horticulture manager Aaron Wright and landscape architect Bob Byers share pointers about espalier, a centuries-old horticultural practice for training ornamental and edible trees and shrubs into stunning geometric patterns on walls and trellises. From initial training through maintenance on mature specimens, learn the ups and downs of espalier.

1-3 p.m., Magnolia Room

Summer just wouldn’t be the same without berries and nothing’s better than growing your own. Pat Ford of Renee’s Berry Farm in London will share what he’s learned about growing great strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries in almost 20 years in business. Hear the best cultural practices and holistic farming approach the Ford family have developed during many years running a pick-your-own operation.

Free Members | $15 Non-members | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

"Strength in Motion" Tai-Chi

April 9 - May 21 2015

Thursdays, beginning April 9
1:30-2:30 p.m., Meet on the Great lawn (rain location Millsap Bride’s Hall)

It’s not just beautiful, it’s good for you. Join healthy living experts from the Oaklawn Center on Aging to learn Tai-Chi, the ancient Chinese practice that’s both art and exercise. Great for flexibility, balance, and gently building bone and muscle strength, it can be practiced at any level of fitness. Walk-ins welcome.

Free with admission

Herbs for the Black Thumb

April 12 

1:30-3:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Do you love herbs but are a beginning gardener? Do you think you can’t grow herbs without sun from dawn to dusk or that you don’t have room for them? Despite their reputation, most herbs are tough, easy to grow, and provide bountiful harvests in pretty humble conditions, if you know their “secrets.” Debbie Tripp, nursery owner and herbalist, takes the mystery out of growing herbs and gets you off to a great start with specifics you need for each of your favorites. Plants for sale at this event!

Free Members | $15 Non-members | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Carson/Byers Workshop "The Succulent Garden"

April 13 

Monday, April 13
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Join State Horticulture Specialist Janet Carson and Garvan Woodland Gardens Landscape Architect Bob Byers to learn everything you need to know for success in gardening with succulents. Learn about everything from recommended varieties for Arkansas through best cultural practices and designs using these amazingly tough plants to create beautiful water wise gardens. And, take home your own mini-succulent garden.

$75 members | $90 non-member | Reservations required | Reserve Online for this workshop or call 800-366-4664

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