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Understanding Natural Light Photography Workshop - CANCELED

May 30 

This workshop has been canceled.


June 1 - June 29 2020

Pets and Strollers Welcome!

June 1– June 29
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 at Garvan Woodland Gardens!
  • Mondays – 3 miles with Sharon Turrentine & the Monday Crew
  • Thursdays – 2 miles with alternating GWG Staff
Free to Members or with paid daily admission | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3 | No reservations needed! Just show up ready to walk!

Art Exhibit: Darlene Garstecki and Brenda Bennett

June 1 - June 30 2020

“Two Artists – Two Mediums”

Opening Date is TBD when the Gardens reopens through June 30

A dual exhibit of fiber art by Garstecki as well as oils and acrylics by Bennett.

Darlene Garstecki is an award-winning contemporary fiber art designer from Hot Springs Village. Her fiber art is a result of her passion for nature, travel and photography. She incorporates her photographs into realistic fiber art for the home or business using bright, clear hues and thread/bead embellishments to enhance each piece to add texture and depth.

Brenda Bennett is an award-winning oil and acrylic painter. Ms. Bennett’s canvases depict a variety of subjects, including landscapes and wildlife. She does not gravitate toward one type of subject matter in particular though, and explains that her paintings choose her. “In essence, my day-to-day experiences dictate my work,” she explains.

Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public during regular business hours of 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. A portion of the sale of any work benefits Garvan Woodland Gardens.


June 1 - November 5 2020

Classes through the end of May have been canceled.
Classes will meet in the Welcome Center and tour respective garden areas.
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • February 18 – Welcome Back! Current Docents Meeting
  • March 10 – Garden Orientation & History
  • March 17 – GWG Master Plan Overview - Class canceled
  • March 24 – Spring Bulbs (including tulips) - Class cancelled
  • April 7 – Garden of the Pine Wind - Class cancelled
  • April 21 – Ferns - Class canceled
  • May 5 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve - Class canceled
  • May 26 – Native Plant Species - Class canceled
  • June 1 – Summer Annuals 
  • June 29 – Flowering Border (focus on perennials) *8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • October 15 – Mums & Early Fall Interest
  • November 5 – Forest Ecology 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.

Registration is required for each class. Register for classes online or call 800-366-4664

Tai Chi Series "Strength In Motion" - CANCELLED UNTIL JUNE

June 4 - June 25 2020

Thursdays, June 4 – June 25
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Beginner
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advanced

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 to Members or with paid daily admission | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | free ages 0-3 | No reservations required

Fairy & Wizards Tea for Children

July 14 

3:00 p.m. - Magnolia Room

Children are the honored guests at this summertime tea.  The food and beverage event is served in the traditional English tea style with patrons enjoying assorted scones, finger sandwiches and desserts, all accompanied by a variety of flavorful hot teas.  Children are encouraged to dress as Fairies or Wizards for this fantasy-filled afternoon while the Gardens' own "Tea Fairy" entertains with a short "lesson" in tea etiquette, followed by stories to delight the young fairies in attendance. This event is appropriate for children ages 4 and up.

$34 Members | $39 Non-Members | $15 Children 4-12 attending with adult | Reservations Required | Seating is limited and social distancing rules will be in effect | Call 800-366-4664 or buy tickets online.

"Raphael, Painter in Rome" Book Signing

July 24 

Friday, July 24

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Magnolia Room

Stephanie Storey, bestselling author and Hot Springs native, will be reading, discussing, and signing her newest novel, Raphael, Painter in Rome. Stephanie’s debut novel, Oil and Marble, was hailed by The New York Times as “tremendously entertaining” and is now in development as a feature film by Pioneer Pictures. Her new novel–about the young, beautiful, brilliant painter of perfection, Raphael–is another art historical thriller that brings the giants of Renaissance art to life. Stephanie will give special readings of the work at 10:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m., followed by a brief discussion. There will be an opportunity to purchase the novel and have Stephanie personally sign your copy.

Event is free and open to the public. Regular admission applies to visit the Gardens

Mrs. Garvan's Fall Tea

November 10 

3 p.m., Magnolia Room

This delightful afternoon tea features a living history presentation of Mrs. Verna Garvan, the Gardens’ benefactress. Enjoy traditional tea fare, be entertained by Susan Harper’s expert depiction, and take a stroll through the Gardens’ fall color before or after the tea.

$34 Members | $39 Non-members | Reservations Required | Seating is limited | Includes admission to the garden


Holiday High Teas

December 1 - December 8 2020

3:30 p.m. - Magnolia Room
Tuesday, December 1 AND Tuesday, December 8

Enjoy over 4.5 million twinkling lights illuminating the Gardens after this festive tea.  The traditional English tea style offers patrons a sampling of assorted scones, finger sandwiches and desserts, all accompanied by a variety of flavorful hot teas.

$39 Members | $42 Non-members | Reservations Required | Advance Tickets Required | Limited seating | Ticket includes admission to Holiday Lights | Please make sure to choose the correct date desired!

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