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February Art Exhibit: Traditional Art Guild

February 1 - February 28 2015

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

The Traditional Art Guild is excited and honored to announce our Annual People's Choice Contest will be in the Magnolia Room of Garvan Gardens in February, 2015. The show will be a fun and colorful array of works created in all types of mediums showcasing a variety of techniques by TAG members. Guests to the exhibit will vote for their favorite painting and the recipient of the most votes wins a cash prize. The guild was formed by a group of Hot Springs artists over 50 years ago and its primary function is to promote, influence and provide encouragement to artists through traditional arts.

TAG meets monthly, September through May, at the Garland County Library and new members are always welcomed. Guests are free to visit one meeting prior to joining. For more information about TAG see

The show is free and open to the public.

Culinary Series: "Ambrosia! Cupid's Treats for a Truly Enchanted Evening"

February 7 

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Wouldn’t you like to whip up something really special for that special someone? Cupid’s helpers from Chiffonade Chef Services will show you great recipes you can make for the most romantic Valentine’s evening ever. And you’ll get to try them all just to get you in the mood. Let’s show Cupid that chocolate, gin, and cherries are a lot more fun than arrows! Come ready for a great meal and an easy, mesmerizing menu.

$45 members | $60 non-members | Registration required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Sweethearts Dinner 2015

February 12 

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

Make a date with your sweetheart! Treat your Valentine to a special night at the Gardens with a gourmet seated dinner, cocktails, beer and wine, and entertainment! Last year’s banquet was a sold-out success, so make plans now to come!

$100 per couple members | $125 per couple non-members | Reservations required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101: Ready, Set, Spring! - SOLD OUT

February 13 

9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Magnolia Room

Ground Works: Soil, the Building Block of a Successful Garden

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Garland County Cooperative Extension Service Agent Allen Bates knows a lot about dirt. Let him show you the importance of healthy soil for a great landscape and how you can get started on creating some of your own. Get the big picture on soil basics like properly preparing your garden, why you should test your soil, and how to read soil test results. You’ll leave ready to get planting.

Growing Right: Pruning Techniques for your Best Trees Ever
10:45 a.m. - Noon
Alison Litchy of the Arkansas Forestry Commission tells all the ins and outs of pruning your trees properly. She’ll discuss techniques for producing trees that are strong, healthy and attractive. Listen and learn how, when and why to prune as Alison demonstrates simple principles for making sure your tree trimming efforts are a BIG success.

Gardening by the Moon
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Your grandparents probably performed every task on the farm by the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Hear about the principles behind the world’s most famous calendar and how these ancient concepts can help create great gardens in our own time. From planting and harvest to when pruning and weeding work best, there’s a time for everything under the moon!

Lunch Options (be sure to choose the lunch option for THIS DATE):
$10 Option 1: Turkey on Wheat, lettuce, tomato, pickle spear, mustard/mayo packets, chips, and cookie with tea or lemonade
$10 Option 2: Pimento Cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle spear, chips, and cookie with tea or lemonade

Free members | $15 non-members | Registration required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Daffodil Days

February 15 - March 15 2015

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

Enjoy the dance of thousands of daffodils in various shades of yellow and white, when these happy blooms make their annual appearance throughout the Gardens. Many are concentrated on the Three Sisters of Amity Daffodil Hill on Warren's Woodland Walk in the center of the main garden grounds, as well as at the Trapp Mountain Overlook and on the Twin Rock Ridges Trail.

Regular Gardens admission applies. Members free, $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free ages 0-5.

Check the Gardens Facebook page for current status of the Gardens blooms.

Feed the Birds! Treats for Feathered Friends

February 19 

9:30-10:45 a.m., Millsap Bride's Hall

From pine cones to corn cobs, it's fun to turn everyday objects into special treats for wild birds. Retired teacher Ellie Elsenheimer and other Garden volunteers show kids how to make sure our feathered friends are healthy and happy during the cold weather. Learn about what birds eat while making your very own feeder to take home.

$5 per child member | $10 per child non-member | Registration required | Ages 5-12 | Children must be accompanied by an adult | Reserve online or call 501-262-9300/800-366-4664

Carson/Byers Workshop "Propagate!"

February 26 

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

Are your gardening ambitions bigger than your budget? Join Janet Carson, Bob Byers, and the Gardens’ horticulture staff to learn how to get free plants! From air-layering to root division and leaf cuttings, watch the experts propagate favorite houseplants and annuals to carry over winter or just have extras for the garden and to share. At this hands-on event, you’ll not only see how to propagate a wide range of plant materials, you’ll get to do your own and take them home.

Lunch Options (be sure to choose the lunch option for THIS DATE):
$10 Option 1: Turkey on Wheat, lettuce, tomato, pickle spear, mustard/mayo packets, chips, and cookie with tea or lemonade
$10 Option 2: Pimento Cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle spear, chips, and cookie with tea or lemonade

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

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.

Mrs. Garvan's Tea

March 10 

3:00 p.m. - Magnolia Room

This delightful afternoon tea features a living history presentation of Mrs. Verna Garvan, the Gardens' benefactress. Enjoy traditional tea fare and be entertained by Susan Harper, alias Mrs. Garvan.

$23 Members | $29 Non-members | Reserve online or call 501-262-9300

Beauty and the Bride, 2015 Hot Springs Bridal Expo

March 15 

1 to 4 p.m. - Hot Springs Country Club

"Beauty and the Bride," the 2015 Hot Springs Bridal Expo is again presented jointly by Garvan Woodland Gardens and Signature Events. Meet dozens of vendors at the beautiful Hot Springs Country Club, 101 Country Club Drive. This will be an opportunity for prospective brides to find ideas for ceremony and reception venues, wedding attire, hair and makeup, florists and designers, bakeries and caterers, photographers and videographers, musicians and DJs, event planners, rentals and supplies, personalized gifts, accommodations, transportation, and more.

Door prizes and a Hot Springs Destination Wedding Package will be given away. Must be present to win. Drawing will be held at the conclusion of the Bridal Expo on March 15, 2015. Restrictions and limitations apply. Subject to vendor availabiity/vendor services/products cannot be redeemed for cash.

Admission: $10 per person at the door.

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