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Advanced Health Hikes

March 13 - June 19 2017

Mondays, March 13 – June 19
9:00 a.m. – 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 3-mile hikes along various garden trails. Comfortable clothes appropriate for weather and good hiking shoes are recommended.

FREE to members or with paid daily admission | no reservation required

2017 Docent Training

March 14 - November 14 2017

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Welcome Center

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. Each seasonal class is offered twice; call to register.

  • March 14 & 28 – Orientation, Early Spring Interest
  • April 11 & 18 – Spring Interest
  • May 9 & 16 – Flowering Border & Welcome Center
  • June 6 & 13 - Summer Interest
  • September 19 & 26 – Early Fall Interest
  • October 24 & 31 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve
  • November 7 & 14 – Fall & Winter Interest
Free Members | Registration Required | Call 800-366-4664 or Register Online | Each class must be reserved separately online

Casual Health Walks

March 15 - May 31 2017

Wednesdays, March 15 – May 31
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Meet in the Welcome Center

Join local walking enthusiast Dee Garrett on 1 – 2 mile walks throughout the gardens. These walks will be held at a more relaxed, conversational pace. Comfortable clothes appropriate for weather and good walking shoes are recommended.

FREE to members or with paid daily admission | no reservation required

Spanish Exploration Class

March 30 - May 4 2017

Thursdays, March 30-May 4, Magnolia Room & Bonsai Center
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Education Department at Garvan Gardens has teamed up with Roberto and Marisela Ortega to offer a six-week series for members who are interested in learning or practicing the Spanish language. The classes are sequential, each building upon knowledge learned in previous classes. However, the setting will be casual and often informal. No previous experience is required. This unique offering will explore some of the historical background, cultural components, culinary influence, musical styles, and conversational skills that have shaped the Spanish language.

Cost: FREE and available to Garvan Gardens Members Only | Call 800-366-4664 or register online.

Art Exhibit "Arkansas Pastel Society"

April 1 - April 30 2017

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

The Arkansas Pastel Society, a non-profit educational organization, consists of a regional group of artists who work in either soft or oil pastels. Their show will demonstrate a variety of techniques portraying beautiful scenery and subjects in pastels. Their work can also be seen online at

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Spring Saturday Docent Tours

April 1 - June 30 2017

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Looking for something relaxing and fun to do on Saturday mornings?  Do you want to show off one of the best attractions in the area to friends and family when they visit?  Garvan Woodland Gardens now has the perfect way to do either.  During the months of April, May and June, every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., specially trained volunteer docents will be leading a group through the Gardens’ most beautiful landscapes, bringing attention each week to areas that are at peak for your visit. Learn about the history of the Gardens and Lake Hamilton, interesting plants you can grow at home, and about the wonderful woodlands that grace our state. 

The walk is included with your admission.
Members free | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3 |
Groups are limited to 20 people

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

April 6 - June 29 2017

Thursdays, April 6 – June 29
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Great Lawn

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

Free Members | $15 Non-members | SPECIAL: $30 any five sessions | Must pre-register in GardenShop to utilize special rate

"The Monday Studio" May-June Art Exhibit

May 1 - June 30 2017

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

Co-owners of Gallery 726 in downtown Hot Springs:Shirley Anderson, Barbara Seibel and Caryl Joy Young, share their works in “The World As We See It,” featuring interpretations of special places in Garvan Woodland Gardens in a variety of mediums -- pastels, watercolors, oils, and acrylic-- as well as other scenes from their extensive travel and experiences.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

101 Workshop "Tree Planting and Care"

May 3 

10 a.m., Magnolia Room

Certified Arborist Alison Litchy currently serves the Arkansas Forestry Commission as Urban Forestry Partnership coordinator. Her presentation will include a discussion on tree maintenance from the planting stage through mature tree care.

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

101 Workshop "No-Till Gardening"

May 10 

1:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Local Master Gardener Diane Daniel loves vegetable gardening and has been a strong supporter and educator of organic gardening practices and limited use of environmentally harmful chemicals. Her presentation is geared toward gardeners who want to grow without the back-breaking toil of digging in the dirt. Ask her nicely, and she might even educate you on extending the growing season with high tunnels and hoop houses.

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

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