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"Brushwood Dance" An Art Installation by W. Gary Smith

April 25 - December 31 2016


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

Gary Smith, FASLA of W. Gary Smith Design, is the featured artist for a year-long exhibit entitled: "Brushwood Dance" An Art Installation by W. Gary Smith. Smith is a nationally-known landscape architect and artist who employs a very collaborative design process to create site-specific art installations crafted from materials harvested from the site.

Smith brought his philosophy of "creating meaningful encounters between people, plants and the natural world" to Garvan Woodland Gardens in late 2015. Following two days of intensive planning meetings with Gardens horticulture and operations crews, a vision was cast for an art installation approximately 450 feet long and 6 feet in diameter in a serpentine shape composed of natural materials, primarily saplings and branches, gathered from the Gardens and organized in bundles.

Smith was on hand the week of April 25-29 to create the massive brushwood art installation piece. "Brushwood Dance" winds along Warren's Woodland Walk, ripples along rock walls, arches over the trail, and undulates through the bulb meadow to its crescendo at the Three Sisters of Amity Daffodil Hill. The installation will be on display through the Spring 2017 and will be highlighted in the Gardens' seasonal displays such as Holiday Lights and Tulip Extravaganza.

For more information on W. Gary Smith, please go to: http://wgarysmith.com/about

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

Plant ID Hikes with Rush Fentress: Members Only

June 2 - November 17 2016


Thursdays through mid November
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (roughly), Meet at Welcome Center Plaza

Do you like to break a mental sweat? Join us on a casual hike through the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden and on to the Hixson Nature Preserve, home to dozens of Arkansas’s native plant species. Facilitated by Garvan Director of Education Rush Fentress, participants are encouraged to share their knowledge of native botanical species while learning from others in this educational community. Hikes will be led at a comfortable, conversational pace.

Free Members | Membership required for early entry to gardens

August Art Exhibit: "Mixing It Up"

August 1 - August 31 2016


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

Linda Shearer, Joyce Weaver, and Sheliah Halderman will show their artwork.

Linda Shearer’s paintings include traditional and contemporary scenes of misty mountains, waterfalls, peaceful rivers and vibrant flowers and birds. She uses a variety of rice papers and her paintings encourage the viewer to relate to the scene and sense the unique quality and beauty of nature.

Joyce Weaver works in watercolor and mixed media. Favorite subjects include people, pets and still life, although her show will contain several landscapes and some abstract art. She is a member of Brush Strokes and the Artists’ Workshop Gallery in Hot Springs, and has won several ribbons in competition.

Sheliah Halderman is mainly a pastel artist who enjoys painting all subjects but primarily paints landscapes of Arkansas and from photos from her travels. She has also taught pastel classes and workshops thru local art groups and at the National Park Community College.

Art exhibits are free and open to the public. A portion of all sales go to benefit Garvan Woodland Gardens.

Traditional Art Guild Exhibit

September 1 - October 31 2016


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

In September and October, Garvan Gardens will host an exhibit by the Traditional Art Guild. Not only will this be a beautiful display by all-local artists, but it will be TAG’s annual People’s Choice Exhibit. This is a competition for TAG members in which the winners are selected by the public. Visitors are asked to select a ballot and vote for their favorite piece. This is a fun and interactive way for visitors to view the artwork and have a little fun deciding who they think should win.

The Traditional Art Guild (TAG) is one of Hot Springs’ oldest associations of local artists, dating back to 1964. Members are all local residents whose art skills vary from beginner to professional. The Guild meets monthly, September through May at the Garland County Library. Guests are welcome to visit a meeting once prior to joining. For more information contact President Connie Rogers 501-463-8677.

Art exhibits are free and open to the public.

Fall in the Woodlands

September 1 - November 18 2016


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

Watercolors with Cynthia Schanink

September 10 


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Magnolia Room

Cynthia Schanink is an experienced watercolorist on the Arkansas Arts on Tour roster. She has been painting flowers in watercolor for over 30 years. In this class, Cynthia will share her knowledge of four different techniques to create beautiful flower paintings, with all materials provided. Students will learn from her original designs of tulips, angel trumpets, roses and orchids. Arches 140# watercolor paper and American Journey paints will be used for the 10” x 11” finished works of art. The watercolor subject is floral, with illusions of a second detention from color sanding.

$50 Members | $65 Non-Members | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

"Pearl's Girls" Anniversary Performance

September 11 


3 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The girls return for an encore performance of the play “Pearl’s Girls.” “Pearl’s Girls”, an award winning One Act play, was written by local writer, Isobel McQuiston. Isobel explains the title. “My mother was Pearl, and my sisters and I often referred to ourselves as Pearl’s girls. I was the youngest, my three sisters were all several years older. They have all passed.” “Pearl's Girls” have gathered in their family home to discuss and decide the distribution of the home and it's contents. Preparing for the inevitable is difficult for every family and the timing is never convenient but not something they can avoid. It often brings out the best and the worst of family relationships.

The cast includes:Betty Johann, Doreen Wilson, Sharon Turrentine, Jodi Tooke, and Ruth Sedler.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Health Walks

September 12 - November 14 2016


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Meet in the Welcome Center


Stimulate your heart and senses with health walks at Garvan Woodland Gardens! Fitness buff Sharon Turrentine will challenge you on exhilarating 3-mile hikes along various garden landscapes. With a different route each Monday, you will get your week off to a great start! Comfortable clothes appropriate for weather and good walking shoes are recommended.

Free Members | $15 Non-members | No reservation required

Local Cuisine! A Culinary Pairing Event

September 17 


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Join us for a culinary exploration into the fall season. This event features the pairing of craft beers, cheeses, and meats from the following local providers:

  • JV Farms, Bismarck, AR
  • Kent Walker Artisan Cheese, Little Rock, AR
  • Superior Bathhouse Brewery, Hot Springs, AR
While exposing the taste buds to carefully chosen flavor profiles, participants will learn about the collaborative efforts of farmers, brewers, and food producers that supply a community with locally sourced goods. Garvan Gardens would like the opportunity to convince you to shop local!

$40 Individual | $70 Couple | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

2016 Docent Training Classes

September 20 - November 1 2016


9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Magnolia Room and respective Garden areas

September 20 – Early Fall Interest
November 1 – Fall/Winter Interest

Docent classes are provided free of cost to volunteers who would like to serve as docents on guided group tours. Please call (501) 262-9300 to register. 

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