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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:

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

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

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

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. 

CompACT Family Services "Run for the Family 5K"

October 8 

7 a.m. – 9 a.m., Garden trails

Join CompACT Family Services to help raise awareness and support for children and youth to have healthy families. The "fun run" is for walkers and runners. You do not have to be an established runner to participate or support. It's a "fun run" for the cause. Cost for participants is $25 per person. Contact Richelle Wingo at CompACT Family Services to register: 501-262-1660.

Fly Fishing 101

October 8 

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Magnolia Room & Boat Dock

The good folks at Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters will be presenting an introductory fly-fishing class. During the morning session, participants will learn about fly selection and seasonal tips. For the afternoon, participants will learn and practice casting in beautiful Lake Hamilton. Rods and baits are provided, but feel free to bring your own!

$15 Members | $20 Non-Members | Reservations Required | Reserve Online or call 800-366-4664

Trinity Episcopal Church Choir Concert

October 10 

2 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Trinity Episcopal Church Choir will be presenting a one hour concert in beautiful Anthony Chapel.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Bonsai Gardening: Fall Essentials and Overwintering

October 13 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Magnolia Room

Join Garvan Horticulturist Bryan Carlan for a brief but thorough discussion about Bonsai growing tips, techniques, and preparations for the Fall and Winter seasons. Feel free to bring your own bonsai plants for advice and recommendations.

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

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