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Spanish Language for Beginners: 10 Weeks

September 4 - November 15 2018

Tuesdays & Thursdays

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

The Education Department at Garvan Gardens offers a 10-week session for members who are interested in learning or practicing the Spanish language. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and will follow an introductory curriculum with all textbooks and/or workbooks provided. No previous experience is needed. The program will feature keys to pronunciation, vocabulary and phrase building, verb conjugation, listening skills, and cultural differences among Spanish-speaking countries.

$100 Members | $125 Non-Members | Reservations are required and seating is limited | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Group Health Walks - Pets and Strollers Welcome!

September 10 - November 16 2018

9 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 in 52 minutes with fitness buff Sharon Turrentine
  • Wednesdays – 2+ miles at a challenging pace, alongside nature enthusiast Ginger Ladehoff
  • Fridays – 2+ miles at a comfortable, conversational pace led by Garvan staff member Dee Garrett
Free Members | $15 Non-members | No reservations required!

Vinyasa Yoga Series

September 22 - November 10 2018

Saturday, September 22
Saturday, October 20
Saturday, November 10

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Great Lawn

Local yogi Audra Ladehoff presents a one-hour session. Vinyasa yoga is a flowing practice linking breath to movement - a continuous sequence of poses that flows from one to the next with an assigned inhale or exhale, resulting in a fluid, expressive class that is perfect for those who like to move. Get ready to feel stronger, more energized and grounded as you practice.

$5 Members (per session) | $20 Non-Members (per session) | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

October Art Exhibit "Mixing It Up"

October 1 - October 31 2018

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Hot Springs Village artists Shelia Halderman, Marlene Gremillion, and Linda Shearer will exhibit art works in various mediums. Landscapes, florals, still lifes and contemporary images will be shown.

Sheliah Halderman is currently a member of Brush Strokes, Arkansas Artists Registry, and the Artists’ Workshop Gallery. She is a charter and Signature member of the Arkansas Pastel Society. She is a past member of the Hot Springs Village Arts Council. Sheliah is a retired elementary art teacher and has taught pastel art classes at National Park Community College, and has also given many workshops in using pastels.

Marlene Gremillion is member of Brush Strokes, a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, the Louisiana Watercolor Society and Arkansas Pastel Society. Marlene teaches at the National Park Community College, in Continuing Education and at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. She also enjoys traveling and teaching workshops. She is a registered teacher through the Arts on Tour with the Arkansas Arts Council Little Rock, AR. Marlene is in the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ 2017-2018 Artists Registry and member of the International Society of Experimental Artists.

Linda Shearer is a member of the Brush Strokes art league and The Village Art Club in Hot Springs Village, and she teaches and does demonstrations in Hot Springs Village. She will be exhibiting Chinese Brush Paintings, including traditional and contemporary landscape scenes and vibrant florals.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

Landscape for Life: 5 Weeks

October 3 - October 31 2018

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Magnolia Room & Millsap Bride’s Hall

Landscape for Life is a class designed to encourage participants to embrace sustainable practices while improving or developing a property. Over this five-session series, each participant will produce a design project with assistance and guidance from instructors. Local industry professionals serve as guest speakers as the class navigates the curriculum found at

$50 Individual | $65 Couple Doing Project Together | Reservations required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

Tai Chi Series "Strength in Motion"

October 4 - November 15 2018

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Beginner Short Staff
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Advanced Short Staff

Great Lawn & Garvan Pavilion

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 Members | $15 Non-Members (per day) | Non-Member Special: advance purchase pass $30 for all Fall sessions | Reservations required for Non-Member Special rate pass | Call 800-366-4664 9 am - 4 pm weekdays to purchase the special pass

Landscape Drawing Series

October 11 - November 10 2018

September 15, October 11, & November 10

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Local artist Ginger Ladehoff teaches a drawing workshop to students interested in nature still life drawing, landscapes, and trees. Ginger is a local artist, art educator and nature enthusiast. She loves to express herself through drawing outdoors. While all materials are provided, participants are encouraged to bring their own pencils if they have them. Using the gardens as inspiration, each student will produce original artwork.

$25 Members per class | $40 Non-Members | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664 | Each class requires a separate online ticket

2018 Docent Class Schedule

October 16 - December 18 2018

Classes will meet in the Welcome Center and tour respective garden areas.
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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.

  • March 13 – Orientation & History
  • March 27 – Spring Bulbs (including tulips)
  • April 10 – Garden of the Pine Wind
  • April 24 – Ferns & Shade Tolerant Plants
  • May 8 – Children’s Garden & Nature Preserve (focus on native species)
  • June 5 – Summer Annuals
  • July 10* – Flowering Border (revised date)
  • July 17 – Perry Wildflower Meadow
  • October 16 – Japanese Maple Hill & Woodland Walk
  • November 6 – Mums & Winter Annuals
  • December 18 – Winter Interest
Please call (501) 262-9300 to register for all classes or Register Online | Registration Required | Online registration requires a separate ticket for each class desired | Class space is limited

Pysanky Retreat at the Gardens

October 20 - October 22 2018

Magnolia Room, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily

The Pysanky masters return to Garvan for their annual retreat. Pysanky, or the Ukrainian Easter egg, is a folk art that decorates the ancient symbol of spring and rebirth through a batik process using beeswax and dyes. Intricate geometric, floral, and animal designs in a rainbow of colors emerge as the waxed patterns are melted away. Watch artisans work and view displays of hundreds of finished eggs in a variety of styles. Many are for sale so you can take one home, too!

The workshop cost is $175 per person which includes workshop fee, dinner party on Oct. 21, pizza party on Oct. 22, 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.

Online ticket sales are no longer available. Limited spots left. Call Susan Harper at 501-262-9603 to book tickets for the workshop or for spouses.

Celebrate Fall!

October 27 

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Garden Grounds

Get your costumes on and join us for our fourth annual Celebrate Fall day at the Gardens! Explore our spooky train, trick-or-treat with our volunteers, and get a free pumpkin from our pumpkin patch. Kid’s activities will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include face painting, spooky science experiments and potions, wand making, and silly pumpkin decorating. The Chipmunk Cafe will be serving a special fall menu! Bubba Brew’s Beer Garden opens at 11 a.m. Candy and pumpkins are first-come, first served. Come Celebrate Fall with your family!

Members Free | $15 Adults ages 13 and up | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3

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