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Group Health Walks - Pets and Strollers Welcome!

March 4 - May 31 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!

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
  • 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

Homeschool Focus: Kid's Workshops

March 13 - May 29 2019

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Tree House & Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Kids will love these classes beginning in the Bonsai Center and then moving to the Bob & Sunny Evans Tree House in the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden. Each of the Homeschool Focus sessions is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and provides children with a hands-on project to help solidify the learning. Lessons are geared toward grades K-5.
  • March 13 – Seeds!
  • March 27 – Conservation of Natural Resources
  • April 10 – Peafowl Exploration
  • April 24 – Life Cycles of Animals
  • May 15 – Pollinators & Plant Reproduction
  • May 29 – Macroinvertebrate Stream Study

$10 per child (or participating adult) per class | Registration Required | Register online for each class separately | Call 800-366-4664 to register for multiple classes.

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

April 3 - June 26 2019

There are several options for these classes:

Wednesdays, April 3 – June 26
• 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Qigong Tai Chi

Thursdays, April 4 – June 27
• 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Beginner Short Staff
• 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advanced Short Staff

Join Oaklawn Center on Aging staff to learn this ancient, low impact practice that increases flexibility, balance, and strength. Loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable footwear are recommended. Classes will meet on the Great Lawn or near the Pavilion.

Free Members | $15 Non-Members (per day) | Non-Member Special: $45 Spring Tai Chi Pass | Pass can be purchased in the GardenShop | No reservations necessary!

May Art Exhibit: Paintings by Judy Ladd

May 1 - May 31 2019

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Judy’s art career spans many years of education in the arts as well as juried art competitions in Arkansas, Houston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. Judy studied Fine Arts and Geology at the University of Houston. Judy lived in Socorro, New Mexico where her interest in old historical sites drew her attention and she painted abandoned buildings and structures indigenous to the desert. Her paintings were displayed in a gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1999 her paintings were accepted into a juried New Mexico Art Contest at the New Mexico State Fair Grounds.

As a scuba diver, in Houston, Texas, Judy started painting underwater sites that fascinated her so she went under the nom de plume, The Diving Artist.

After moving to Hot Springs, Judy painted local interesting sites, pets and buildings. She has done commissioned work around the US and continues her exploration in oils, water colors and acrylics. Judy continues to accept commissions for any subject and will deliver in any medium.

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

Summer Photowalk: Summer Annuals

June 1 

3:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

Improve your photography! Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to attend our summer series of photowalks. Any camera, including smartphones and tablets/IPads are welcome. The walks last 1.5 to 2 hours, with a quick classroom session before each walk to discuss lighting, composition, and focus tips for each session.

Our first walk will begin at the Welcome Center; we will stroll along the garden trails through the beds planted with hundreds of summer annuals which provide countless breathtaking photo opportunities.

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

Everyday Meditation Series - Relax, Breathe and Feel Better!

June 1 - June 15 2019

June 1, 8, 15
11:15 am @ Serenity Circle (meet at 11 a.m. to walk to location)

Meditation is scientifically proven to reduce stress! Psychologist Dr. Martien Carroll leads this series that introduces the practice of meditation. Forget about needing special mantras, difficult physical postures, or your own guru! Dr. Carroll teaches how anybody at any age or level of activity can relieve stress, improve health, and practice wellness with simple meditation.

Dr. Martien Carroll is a clinical psychologist with a full practice in Hot Springs, AR. Dr. Carroll is well known for helping people recognize their own mind/body connection years before it was scientifically identified as an important component of everyday wellness. He has studied hundreds of different meditation techniques over his 50 year practice. Dr. Carroll has successfully taught thousands of people to use meditation practices simply and effectively to reduce stress, increase energy, feel better, and achieve more.

Free Members | $15 Non-Members (per day)| Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Yoga at the Gardens

June 1 - June 29 2019

June 1, 15, 29
10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Klipsch Amphitheatre

200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor & Thai Fusion Certified Diana Esanu will be teaching a 5-part yoga series at the magical lands of Garvan Woodland Gardens. 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. Come enjoy a morning inhaling the beautiful scenery while receiving the fantastic benefits of yoga. BYOM (Bring your own mats!) & your most favorite people!

Free Members |$15 Non-Members (per day) | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

June Art Exhibit: Brush Strokes

June 1 - June 30 2019

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Brush Strokes is an art club whose members, both beginners through professionals, are focused on the visual arts. It was formed to provide a support network for Hot Springs Village artists, however it has expanded to include artists in the surrounding areas. Brush Strokes stated purpose is to foster a sense of community and encourage artistic growth among the members. These goals are accomplished by regular meetings and various programs such as monthly demonstrations, communal paint times, “Painting of the Month” recognition awards, opportunities to exhibit and community involvement.

Brush Strokes also sponsors national and local professional artist workshops for Brush Strokes members and non-members. For more information, please check out their webpage

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

Into to Digital Photography - 5 Part Series

June 2 - June 30 2019

Sundays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Magnolia Room & Gardens

This series is intended for beginning digital photographers with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Now that you have the great camera, how do you use it, and what do all those dials and menu items do? Learn about F-stops, ISO, depth of field, some kind of triangle, shutter speeds, and histograms, as well as learn the basics of manual mode. Garvan staffer and photographer Julia Mann has tailored her technique to demystify the process of moving to full manual mode shooting for anyone.

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

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