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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

Youth Education: ADLS Stations

June 19 - August 14 2019

Wednesdays: June 19

Wednesdays: July 3, 17, 31
Wednesday, August 14
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Magnolia Room & Evans Children’s Adventure Garden

Throughout the summer, the Magnolia Room will host facilitated drop-in learning sessions for children ages 8-12. Students may explore any or all of the stations, each of which has an indoor learning component and an extension project to take to the Children’s Adventure Garden. Learning stations focus on the arts, design, literature, and science. Extended projects are available for students attending multiple consecutive sessions.

$10 per child | Includes child’s General Admission | Adult General Admission required for Garden Entry

July Art Exhibit: Arkansas Pastel Society

July 1 - July 31 2019

9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

The Arkansas Pastel Society is a regional art organization founded in February of 2004 to promote the use of pastels as an art medium. It has over 60 members from the state and region and is open to any interested persons nationwide.

The group holds regular meetings at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. Members participate in local shows, a biennial national exhibition, workshops, member-only shows, paint-outs, and programs with demonstrations. Further information is available on the website:

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

Bonsai Techniques - Jin & Shari

July 20 

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Two bonsai techniques, called jin and shari, can give your bonsai the appearance of being older than they are and add interesting characteristics. Both techniques can be intimidating, but with some knowledge, you can create these bonsai features on your trees. This class is a demonstration of techniques.

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

Mosaic-Making Workshop - 2 Days

July 23 - July 24 2019

Tuesday and Wednesday

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Magnolia Room

Local artist Suzie Burch presents a two-day creative workshop. Each participant will design and create a dimensional mosaic art piece.

Following the principal, “One person’s trash is another’s treasure,” mosaic art can be made by up-cycling materials often found at the flea market or the neighborhood yard sale. While all materials are provided, students are encouraged to bring old trinkets, stones, and other pieces of “junk” that they would like to include in their finished piece of art! If bringing your own project to “mosaic,” it should fit within a 1 ft3 (12” x 12” x 12”) space.

$40 Members | $60 Non-Members | Registration Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Tie Dye Workshop

July 26 

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Get groovy with Garvan staff members Bryan and Robin Carlan at our tie-dye workshop on Tie Dye Fri-dye! Each participant will take home their own original tie-dye creation! T-shirts, dyes and all materials will be provided. Shirts will be wet when finished. Shirts must be washed before wearing; special detergent provided. One t-shirt per person (Youth S - Adult XL)

$20 per person | Registration Required | Call 800-366-4664 or register online | Regular admission applies to enter the Gardens

Tie-Dye Fri-Dye

July 26 

11 a.m. -5 p.m., Garden grounds

The Gardens is getting groovy on the 4th Friday of July. Join us in your tie-dye attire to celebrate with a beer garden and live music. Flossie’s food truck will be on site, as well as Blue Elephant snow cones. We’ll also have Chipmunk Cafe fun pop-up snack stations throughout the Gardens. Everyone can cool off at designated “sprinkler stations” located in the Children’s Garden and at the Ellipse. We cannot wait to spend the day with everyone!

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

Summer Photowalk: Dusk & Sunset

July 27 

6 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.

Dusk is one of the prime times for capturing beautiful images in the Gardens. Come walk with us and experience the magic of the light in the gardens at dusk and then sunset at Perry Wildflower Point or in the Garden of the Pine Wind.

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

Botanical Illustration: Daylilies

July 27 - July 27 2019

2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Magnolia Room

Ginger Ladehoff and Rush Fentress co-teach a class focused on creating meaningful botanical illustrations, this one is daylilies (hemerocallis sp.). Ginger will instruct students on drawing techniques, and Rush will discuss the botany behind the subject matter. Each class will focus on a different plant (or group of plants). 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.
    $25 Members (per class) | $40 Non-Members | Registration Required for each class | Register online or call 800-366-4664

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