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Docent Training Classes

March 12 - November 5 2019

Classes meet in the Welcome Center on Tuesdays
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. each class*

  • March 12: Orientation and History
  • March 26: Spring Bulbs (including tulips)
  • April 9: Garden of the Pine Wind
  • April 23: Ferns and Shade Tolerant Plants
  • May 7: Children's Garden & Nature Preserve (focus on native species)
  • June 4: Summer Annuals
  • July 9: Flowering Border (focus on perennials)
  • *July 16: Perry Wildflower Meadow: NEW TIME: 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • October 15: Mums and Early Fall Interest
  • November 5: Forestry and Late Fall Interest
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.

Free | Registration Required | Please call 501-262-9300 to register for all classes or register online for each class individually

Thirsty Thursdays

June 6 - August 29 2019

9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Ellipse and Children's Garden
Every Thursday in June, July and August!

Beat the heat on Thursdays at the Gardens! We will have sprinklers running in both the Children’s Garden and Ellipse all day, every Thursday during the summer months of June, July and August!

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

August Art Exhibit: Monday Studio Artists

August 1 - August 31 2019

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Hot Springs Village artists Caryl Joy Young, Barbara Seibel and Shirley Anderson will present selected pieces of their artwork in this exhibit.

Young will be one of the artists participating in the Art in the Parks in Hot Springs in April, in the 11th Annual Delta Arts Festival in Newport, Arkansas, June 7-8; and at Art on the Border in Ft. Smith, AR, July 19-20. Then in September, she will be one of two featured artists at the Artists’ Workshop Gallery in Hot Springs.

While continuing to teach and exhibit art locally and nationally, Seibel embarked on a different kind of art adventure a few years ago, teaching art aboard luxury cruise ships. She loves teaching art while seeing the world! She records her travels in art journals, creating small sketches and recording her thoughts as a reminder of her travels.

Anderson is an exhibiting member of the Art Group Gallery in Little Rock. She is currently serving as Exhibition Chair of the International Association of Pastel Societies and is on the Executive Committee. Her work has been juried into exhibits in seven states across the United States. She is a Signature Member of the Arkansas Pastel Society.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public during regular operating hours.

September Art Exhibit: Traditional Art Guild

September 1 - September 30 2019

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

The Traditional Art Guild promotes art education, art appreciation and creativity among artists of all levels. The guild also welcome art lovers. As one of the oldest art guilds in Arkansas, this is one of their main exhibits each year. The group is looking forward to hanging garden flora and fauna in Garvan Woodland Gardens again.

Traditional Art Guild meets September - May on the third Thursday of each month 10 am (9:30 for refreshments) in Garland County Library Auditorium.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public during regular operating hours.

Gardening with Permaculture Workshop - CANCELED

September 7 

We apologize that the presenter has cancelled this workshop.

Intro to Digital Photography: 5 Part Series

September 8 - October 6 2019

Sundays, Sept. 8 – Oct. 6

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

This series is intended for beginners with a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera.
Come join our five-class series and demystify the process of learning to use your digital camera in manual mode. Garvan staffer and photographer Julia Mann teaches this series using her successful technique that is tailored to be understandable and build confidence and knowledge in every student. This “hands on” class has everyone taking better photos from the first class forward.

$45 Members | $75 Non-Members | Registration required | Limit 10 | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Group Health Walks - Pets and Strollers Welcome!

September 9 - November 22 2019

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Meet in Welcome Center

Stimulate your heart and senses as you take in the beautiful grounds on organized health walks in the Gardens! Walks are held rain or shine; join all three each week and meet your fitness goals at Garvan!

• Mondays – 3 miles in 52 minutes with fitness buff Sharon Turrentine
• Wednesdays – 2+ miles- “Halfway Hike” co-led by Ginger Ladehoff & Dee Garrett
• Fridays – 2+ miles – “The Week-ender” with Rush Fentress

Free Members | $15 Non-members | No Reservations Required!

Yoga at the Gardens

September 14 - November 16 2019

September 14*, 28
October 12, 26
November 2, 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.,

* First class on Great Lawn, all other classes: Klipsch Amphitheatre

200 hr. registered yoga instructor & Thai fusion certified Diana Esanu will teach a 5-part yoga series. Each class will involve skillful stretches, gentle poses, uplifting breath work, and affirmations, followed by a ten-minute guided meditation - all simultaneously in connection with nature. BYOM (Bring your own mats!) and your most favorite people!

Free Members |$15 Non-Members (per day) | Reservations Required | Register online for each class separately or call 800-366-4664

Botanical Illustration Series - Two Classes

September 21 - October 26 2019

Saturday, September 21
Saturday, October 26
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Magnolia Room

Local artist Ginger Ladehoff and Garvan Director of Education Rush Fentress co-teach a series of classes focused on creating meaningful botanical illustrations. These classes include a short botanical lecture and one-on-one instruction with drawings. All materials are provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own pencils if desired.
  • September 21 – Hibiscus sp. (hardy hibiscus)
  • October 26 – Acer sp. (maples)
$20 Members (per class) | $35 Non-Members | Registration Required| Register online for each class separately or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101: Fall Edition

September 23 

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room & Southern Inspiration Garden

Want to plant a garden, but not sure where to start? At Garvan, Master Gardeners maintain an area designed specifically with you in mind! The Southern Inspiration Garden serves as the classroom for this hands-on approach to learning about gardening. Come see how much fun you can have digging in the dirt!

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

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