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Group Health Walks - Pets and Strollers Welcome!

March 19 - June 29 2018

9 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center

Stimulate your heart and senses as you take in the beautiful grounds on organized health walks at Garvan Woodland Gardens!

  • Mondays – 3 miles in 52 minutes with fitness buff Sharon Turrentine
  • Wednesdays – 2+ miles at a comfortable, conversational pace led by artist Dee Garrett
  • Fridays – 2+ miles at a challenging pace, alongside nature enthusiast Ginger Ladehoff
Free Members | $15 Non-members | No reservations required!

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

April 5 - June 28 2018

Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Great Lawn & Garvan Pavilion

Join Oaklawn Center on Aging to learn this ancient, low impact practice that increases flexibility, balance, and strength. Loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable footwear are recommended.

Free Members | $15 Non-Members | Non-Member Special: advance purchase pass $30 for any five sessions in the GardenShop | No reservations required

2018 Docent Class Schedule

May 8 - December 18 2018

Classes will meet in the Welcome Center and tour respective garden areas.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Docent training classes are designed to prepare (and refresh) individuals to serve as volunteer tour-guides. Participants may join these free classes at any time.

  • March 13 – Orientation & History
  • March 27 – Spring Bulbs (including tulips)
  • April 10 – Garden of the Pine Wind
  • April 24 – Ferns & Shade Tolerant Plants
  • May 8 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve (focus on native species)
  • June 5 – Summer Annuals
  • July 10* – Flowering Border (revised date)
  • July 17 – Perry Wildflower Meadow
  • October 16 – Japanese Maple Hill & Woodland Walk
  • November 6 – Mums & Winter Annuals
  • December 18 – Winter Interest
Please call (501) 262-9300 to register for all classes or Register Online | Registration Required | Online registration requires a separate ticket for each class desired | Class space is limited

June Art Exhibit: "Ouachita Artists"

June 1 - June 30 2018

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

Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio is a working gallery and studio with active and supporting members. Founded in 2011, Ouachita Artists mission statement is: to share ideas and techniques through conducting informative demonstrations, to further the appreciation of creative art in the community and sustain a physical gallery for the community by providing venues for display of many art forms and by using our local artists and programs to inspire, educate and expose people to the joys of art.

Ouachita Artists classes, demos, and ARTrageous nights have steadily gained in popularity. Come out and see what they have to share during the month of June at Garvan.

The show is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Bonsai Essentials Series - Techniques and Summer Care

June 2 - August 4 2018

First Saturdays in Summer: June 2, July 7 & August 4
10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Garvan Horticulturist Bryan Carlan presents a review of seasonal care, tips, and techniques for budding Bonsai gardeners. Bryan will demonstrate best practices for ensuring a healthy and attractive specimen.

Free Members | Regular admission Non-members | Reserve Online or call 800-366-4664 | Please submit a separate online reservation for each class desired

Design Camp in the Gardens

June 25 - June 29 2018

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day, Magnolia Room & Gardens

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentation and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while exploring the design process.

The camp is open to students going into grades 9-12. Supplies and lunches will be provided.

The camp is $350 for regular registration or $250 for Garvan Gardens members by May 25. Details and registration links can be found on the Design Camp page on the school’s website.
Design Camp is supported by a grant from the U of A Women’s Giving Circle.

For more information, contact Judy Stone at or 479-575-2399.

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design

Garvan Rocks for Grownups!

June 26 

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Millsap Bride’s Hall

Come join local artist Sissy Hubbard as she shares the generations-old tradition of drawing on stones. Participants will create their own Garvan Rocks and hide them in the Gardens for others to find if they choose.

$10 per participating individual | Reservations required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

Celebrate Summer!

June 30 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate all that summer has to offer, including the new Tree House in the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden. Stroll through the Gardens and enjoy our summer annuals. Children’s craft booths (included with admission) will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. And, if construction schedules allow, the new Tree House should be welcoming visitors– hopefully for a walk through–but definitely for viewing.

The Means of Grace coffee/tea truck will be at the Pavilion beginning at 9 a.m. Then, a Beer Garden featuring Bubba Brews, more food and music will open in the Garvan Pavilion at 11 a.m.

Members Free | Regular Garden admission applies to all others: $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3

Tree ID Hike

June 30 

9:30 a.m., meet at the Welcome Center

Come help us kick off our Celebrate Summer Day with an educational and entertaining stroll through Garvan Woodland Gardens. Dr. Victor Ford from the Cooperative Extension Service provides a personal and memorable approach to tree identification. Great for kids and adults alike!

FREE to GWG members or with paid daily admission

July Art Exhibit "America's Splendid Wonders"

July 1 - July 31 2018

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

Photographer Tim Gorman will be presenting his collection of pristine photographic images entitled “America’s Splendid Wonders”. The exhibit is a splendid collection from across America: from the Olympic Peninsula to the East Coast, plus favorite Arkansas images. The collection highlights the National and State parks: Glacier, Olympic, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, plus beauty and color across the landscapes and nature.

Tim’s professional photography career began in the ‘80’s working for photography studios in Fort Smith. He has done architectural, aerial, and commercial photography for clients throughout the mid-South. He has studied with well-known Arkansas and California photographers. He has been published in many construction and architectural magazines.

Tim’s main interests are in making archival fine art landscape, macro, floral, and nature prints on high-end wide-format printers, while continually upgrading his photographic nature stock of images across the America, some of which were taken in the Hot Springs area.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

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