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Event Calendar

Mrs. Garvan's Fall Tea

November 10 -

Winter Garden Festival 2020

November 21 - December 31 2020

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

September 3 - October 29 2020



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Welcome to the Gardens!

Payments by EXACT CASH or CREDIT CARD only for admission

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
  • Visitors should bring their own BOTTLED WATER because the drinking fountains are closed due to COVID.
  • No other buildings are open at this time.
  • Golf Cart Tours NOT AVAILABLE until further notice.
  • 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.