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"Mystic Creatures" 2014: Topiary Art Meets Imagination

June 1 - August 31 2014


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

Garvan Woodland Gardens is pleased to present Mystic Creatures, a 2014 summer extravaganza showcasing the newest trends in the ancient and celebrated art of topiary.

Remember those childhood fantasies of magical journeys to amazing lands full of mythic beasts and strange companions? This summer, enter just such an enchanted world of Mystic Creatures during the Gardens’ biggest and most exciting summer exhibit ever. Three major topiary pieces will be on display at the Floating Cloud Bridge, Promenade, and Pavilion areas. A fourth might move around from time to time, so you’ll have to look and see where he’s hiding on each visit.

Mystic Creatures is a cooperative project of the Gardens in-house design and fabrication teams and the Landscape Architecture Department in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Designs were developed by garden landscape architects and U of A students, who studied design, plant materials, and structural systems required to create living sculptures.


Not really topiaries at all, Mystic Creatures are living sculptures based on a modern technique called mosaiculture. This art form combines centuries-old formal European parterres of clipped shrubs and annuals with the vertical character, size, and three dimensional form of traditional topiary figures. The resulting pieces feature carefully manicured plants covering structural steel frames that tower over visitors, wind through lawns and plantings, and ‘walk’ through the forest.

Let the Fairy Gourdmother welcome you to this magical menagerie populated by a Magical Sea Serpent, the ‘Shroom Family, a Fairy Village, and even Sasquatch, who’ll be hiding to see if you can find him. It’s a wonderful way to relive memories and make some new ones with the family.

Members free, $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 0-5

July Art Exhibit: Artists from Brush Stroke Fine Art Club

July 1 - July 31 2014


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

Brush Stroke Fine Art Club is made up of Hot Springs Village artists whose many fine paintings have been displayed throughout Arkansas, and adorn homes throughout the country. Paintings that will be on display at the Garden will have representations of many mediums from oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, mixed medium, with art forms from representational, impressionistic to abstract.

The show is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

August Art Exhibit: "America's Splendid Nature" by Tim Gorman

August 1 - August 31 2014


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

Arkansas native and resident of Forrest City, Photographer Tim Gorman will be presenting a selection from his collection of pristine photographic images entitled “America’s Splendid Nature”. The exhibit is a splendid collection from nature and floral beauty across America: Colorado, Wyoming, the East Coast, the Smokies, and his favorite, Arkansas. The selection highlights the beauty of nature, wild flower and floral color across the country. Many were taken from Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs.

Tim’s professional photography career began in the ‘80’s working for several professional studios in Fort Smith, AR, taking weddings, proms, portraits, sports and nature. He has since done much architectural, aerial and commercial photography. He has studied with well-known Arkansas photographers Tim Ernst and Matt Bradley. Tim has also studied with well-known wedding photographer Bambi Cantrell, from Los Angeles who is a photographer of the celebrities. He has been published in many construction and architectural magazines, plus the Arkansas Bride.

Tim has shot with 35mm, medium format and 4x5-inch film cameras, but now shoots exclusively with digital. A longtime darkroom nut, these days he is most interested in the "digital darkroom", working on his photographs in the daylight of his home studio in the country. His main interests are in making archival fine art floral, landscape and nature prints on the most current high-end printers, and continually developing his photographic talents.

The show is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Children's Summer Class "Worms! Nature's Best Composters"

August 6 


Watch a real vermicomposting bin at work, learn about earthworms and why they’re the perfect composting machines, and go home with your very own worm castle!

Children’s Summer Classes are open for children ages 5-12 and meet in the Welcome Center Magnolia Room from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per child. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Purchase tickets online by clicking here.

Anthony Chapel Closed for Maintenance

August 10 - August 22 2014


8 a.m. - 10 p.m., August 10-21
8 a.m. - 3 p.m., August 22

To maintain our world class facilities, Anthony Chapel will be closed beginning Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 8 a.m. through Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3 p.m. for routine maintenance and cleaning. The nature of this project will require that no one but authorized personnel will be allowed to enter during this time.

Thank you

Gardening 101 Workshop: "Seeds for Change"

August 14 


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

Want a bigger, better garden but have a tight budget? Let Adam Webb and colleagues from the Garland County Library tell you how to participate in their new seed bank program. Works just like a book: you check out seeds at planting time and return a portion of your crop for next year’s supply of fresh seeds for other gardeners. And, we’ll be talking about best practices for gathering, cleaning, and storing seeds.

Members free/ Non-members regular admission. Pre-registration required.


September Art Exhibit: "Ouachita Artists"

September 1 - September 30 2014


9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Magnolia Room

Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio is a working gallery and studio with 76 active and supporting members. Candles, cards, crystal works, fiber arts, gourd art, jams and jellies, jewelry, novaculite nail files, knives, whetstones; oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, pastels, pottery, photography, quilts, sculpture, soap and skincare items, wood bowls, cutting and pastry boards, gliders and swings, rolling pins, shelves, stools and tops will be offered for view and sale.

Founded in 2011, Ouachita Artists mission statement is: to share ideas and information, encourage young people, provide venues for display and appreciation of art, conduct informative demonstrations, share knowledge of techniques, support one another's efforts, and further the appreciation of creative art in the community. Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio offers classes to all age groups, and conducts monthly programs by regional artists on a variety of subjects.

The website is ouachitaartists.com, and Facebook at Ouachita Artists. Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio is located at 135 S. West St., Mount Ida, AR. Hours are Tues-Sat. 10:00-3:00; Friday 10:00-6:00. For more information call: (870) 867-3115.

The show is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Fall in the Woodlands

September 1 - October 31 2014


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

It’s the most colorful time of the year at Garvan, when Japanese maples are in full color and the hardwood forest glows in autumn’s light. Thousands of vibrant annuals and perennials, including our annual mum fest will be the show-stoppers in our fall garden.

Members Free | $10 adults | $5 ages 6-12 | Free ages 0-5

Health Walks

September 1 - November 18 2014


Mondays | 9:00 a.m. | 3 miles (Intermediate fitness level)
Tuesdays | 9:00 a.m. | 1 mile (Beginner fitness level)


Join veteran walkers and nature lovers Sharon Turrentine and Paula Wallace for a fitness walk through the Gardens each Monday or Tuesday morning. Get your exercise, enjoy beautiful scenery, and smell the roses all in one exhilarating outing. It’s fun and it’s good for you! Wear good walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire.

Members free | Non-members $10

"Seeds!" First Wednesday Children's Walk-in Program

September 3 


10 – 11:30 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Center

Bring the kids and enjoy a walk in the gardens, then stop by for some great family time learning about seeds. See all the different forms that seeds take, learn about how to grow them, and make an art project to take home.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. $5 per child plus admission. Purchase tickets online by clicking here.

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