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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!

October-November Art Exhibit: Robyn Hazard and Charles Peer

October 1 - November 30 2019


9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily through Nov. 22
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Nov. 23-30

Magnolia Room

Robin Hazard-
Born in Freeport, Texas, Robin Hazard has always been inspired by color as evident in her strong and vibrant paintings. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, her fine art degree focused on painting, drawing and printmaking.
She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and has been included in many corporate and private collections including the American Bank in Houston and the Cancer Treatment Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Recently, several pieces of the historic Whittington Valley were selected for permanent collection at Camp Aldersgate, Little Rock, Arkansas. Her drawings were featured at the Kimbell Museum’s Creative Process - Drawing Symposium in 1983. She has also been included in the 500 Exposition in Dallas, the Dallas Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Dallas Life Magazine, and in many gallery exhibits. Her vibrant pastels have been featured in solo and group exhibits at the Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Arkansas in Conway, St. Vincent Center for Women and Children, Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Plein Air Exhibitions, and Arts in the Air, at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, University of Arkansas, Morrilton, Arkansas. In the fall of 2008, she joined 16 artists currently exhibiting in Hot Springs for an exceptional exhibit in Shanghai, China, sponsored by the Chinese Government. Her work is currently represented by Boswell Mourot Fine Art in Little Rock, Arkansas, Boswell Mourot Fine Art in Miami, Gallery Central, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Cerulean Galler in Amarillos, Texas, Latitudes, Rockport, Texas and Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas.


Charles Peer-
After receiving his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arkansas in 1979, Charles Peer opened his studio on the historic Main Street of his hometown, Van Buren, Arkansas. In 1990, he and his family moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where he assumed a teaching position in the Department of Visual Arts at John Brown University, a position which he still holds. In addition to serving as professor he is also the university’s Fine Arts Gallery director.
Peer is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Ozark Pastel Society. He has served as a guest artist for many arts organizations, the juror for regional competitions and the leader of pastel workshops.
He was recently included in the October/November 2016 issue of Pratique des Arts, a beautiful art magazine published in France, in an article titled “To Be Discovered” and in the December 2015 issue of Pastel Journal Magazine in an article titled “Artists to Watch”. His work was included in numerous juried exhibitions sponsored by the Pastel Society of America and the International Association of Pastel Societies, as well as receiving awards in the Richeson 75 exhibits for Small Works and for Landscapes, shows held by the Northwest Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of the Southwest, the Arkansas Pastel Society, The Heart of America Artists Association, the Ozark Pastel Society and the Artists of Northwest Arkansas. Peer was recognized with the Purchase Award at the Rockefeller Institute Professional Artist Invitational in 2010 and selected for the 2015 “Oklahoma Impressionism Exhibition” at Tulsa, OK’s Zarrow Center for Art and Education. In 2010 he was also selected as the summer Artists-in-Residence for the Buffalo National River.

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

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

October 2 - November 20 2019


Wednesdays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 20
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. - Yang Tai Chi

Great Lawn

Thursdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 21
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. - Beginner Tai Chi
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. - Advanced Tai Chi
Great Lawn

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

Free Members | $15 Non-members | Register at oaklawncenteronaging.com

Yoga at the Gardens

November 2 - November 16 2019


Two classes left:
November 2, 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.,
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 | Please Register Online

Herbalist Series - 3 Classes

November 3 - November 17 2019


This 3-part series featuring herbs of Arkansas is presented by our local natural herbalist, Tami Sain.

Each class: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Magnolia Room

  • October 20 – Fall Herbs- with a focus on growing and uses of sage, goldenrod, sumac, and fennel.
  • November 3 – Herb Harvesting, Drying, & Storage
  • November 17 – Plant Now for Winter Bliss- with a focus on growing winter savory, rosemary, sage, thyme, & horseradish.
Free Members | $15 Non-members | Registration Required | Please Register Online

Fall Photowalk: Anthony Chapel

November 17 


9:30 a.m., Meet at Welcome Center

An elegant blend of native wood, glass, and stone, majestic Anthony Chapel is a must see and photograph destination in the Gardens. The Chapel has numerous distinct architectural details that are waiting to be discovered and captured by your lens.

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.

Free Members | $15 Non-members | Registration Required | Please Register Online

The Village Big Band Holiday Lights Opening Night Concert

November 23 


7:00 p.m., Anthony Chapel

Come to the Scheuck Rose Tree Lighting Ceremony and then conclude your opening night experience being entertained in beautiful Anthony Chapel by the Village Big Band from Hot Springs Village. This annual favorite concert features various holiday pieces to kick-off our Holiday Lights Season.


The concert is Free | Regular admission to see Holiday Lights | Click here to access ONLINE TICKETS to Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights 2019

November 23 - December 31 2019


4 p.m. - 9 p.m. nightly
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days

NEW for 2019: Reserved Time Tickets



Getting tickets to Holiday Lights is as easy as 1-2-3


  1. Click on the BUY TICKETS LINK above, click the week you want to access online Holiday Lights tickets
  2. CREATE your UTix ACCOUNT, choose and ORDER your tickets online for DATE and TIME desired
  3. Bring Ticket Code(s) on your MOBILE DEVICE or as a PRINTED TICKET(s) for admission to Holiday Lights
Online Ticket holders will use the EXPRESS ENTRANCE LANE to enter and park. Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your TICKET ENTRANCE TIME.

Members do not need Reserved Time Tickets, but Members do need to bring a PHOTO I.D. and their MEMBERSHIP CARD to use the EXPRESS ENTRANCE LANE. If members are bringing visitors who need to pay admission, then they will need to purchase online Reserved Time Tickets.

The most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas for the holiday season opens at Garvan the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). The Gardens will be aglow with over 4.5 million lights in a myriad of natural settings. Features include the luminescent Garden of the Pine Wind, the 50-foot tall Holiday Tree which plays holiday tunes animated to a light show, the Parterre garden on the Great Lawn, and traditional holiday scenes in the woodlands. Conclude your walking tour with free hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Café is open nightly until 9 p.m. serving soups, sandwiches, and snacks.

We’ve got some great new opening week festivities planned!
  • Schueck Rose Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Saturday, November 23 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Live Reindeer and Santa’s Sleigh
    November 25, 26, 27 @ 4-9 p.m.
Holiday Lights is open when it rains; the Gardens closes in the case of inclement weather that would threaten the safety of visitors (lightning, ice, hail. high winds). Sorry, there are no refunds for closings.

Members Free with Current Membership Card and PHOTO I.D. | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3 | Note: Dogs are not allowed in the Gardens during Holiday Lights except on Monday, December 2 for the Jingle Dog Pup Parade

Lake Hamilton First Grade Choir Concert

November 24 


5:30 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Lake Hamilton First Grade Choir is an audition-based group with 50 members, directed by Stephanie Smith.


The concert is Free | Regular admission to see Holiday Lights | Click here to access ONLINE TICKETS to Holiday Lights

Dance Arts Performance

November 25 


5:30 p.m., Anthony Chapel

For the first time, Dance Arts will perform festive dance routines to your favorite holiday tunes. Come enjoy some wonderful dancers in a beautiful chapel.

The concert is Free | Regular admission to see Holiday Lights | Click here to access ONLINE TICKETS to Holiday Lights

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