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Welcome to the Gardens!

OPEN DAILY! Hours: noon to 6 pm

Payments by EXACT CASH or CREDIT CARD only

The Chipmunk Café will be closed Sunday, August 16 through Wednesday, August 19 for vacation.

Prices: $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3 | $5 dogs
(dogs must be on a short, non-retractable leash)

  • Masks are required indoors by Arkansas Governor's Executive Order 20-43
  • Chipmunk Cafe open Noon to 4 p.m. for window pick up.
  • GardenShop Open Noon to 6 p.m. (5 shoppers at a time limit)
  • No other buildings will be open at this time.
  • Golf Cart Tours NOT AVAILABLE until further notice.
  • The Boat Dock is now open for Chipmunk Cafe deliveries; please allow 1 hour for orders to deliver.
  • The Garvan Model Train is now running daily, weather permitting.


Welcome to Garvan Woodland Gardens, the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. Nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas, the Gardens are a wonderful gift to all people from local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Cook Garvan.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is an example of The Natural State at its best: a canopy of pines reaching skyward providing protection for delicate flora and fauna, gentle lapping waves that unfold along the 4 ½ miles of wooded shoreline, and rocky inclines that remind us of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains.

Garvan Woodland Gardens' mission is to preserve and enhance a unique part of the Ouachita environment; provide people with a place of learning, research, cultural enrichment, and serenity; develop and sustain gardens, landscapes, and structures of exceptional aesthetics, design, and construction; and partner with and serve communities of which the Gardens is a part.

From the dynamic architectural structures to the majestic botanical landscapes, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers breathtaking sights (and fantastic photo opportunities) at every turn.


Click here to learn about employment opportunities at Garvan Woodland Gardens.