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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

September Art Exhibit: Traditional Art Guild

September 1 - September 30 2019


9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

The Traditional Art Guild promotes art education, art appreciation and creativity among artists of all levels. The guild also welcome art lovers. As one of the oldest art guilds in Arkansas, this is one of their main exhibits each year. The group is looking forward to hanging garden flora and fauna in Garvan Woodland Gardens again.

Traditional Art Guild meets September - May on the third Thursday of each month 10 am (9:30 for refreshments) in Garland County Library Auditorium.

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

Intro to Digital Photography: 5 Part Series - CLASS FULL

September 8 - October 6 2019


Sundays, Sept. 8 – Oct. 6

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

This series is intended for beginners with a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera.
Come join our five-class series and demystify the process of learning to use your digital camera in manual mode. Garvan staffer and photographer Julia Mann teaches this series using her successful technique that is tailored to be understandable and build confidence and knowledge in every student. This “hands on” class has everyone taking better photos from the first class forward.

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

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!

Yoga at the Gardens

September 14 - November 16 2019


September 14*, 28
October 12, 19
November 2, 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.,

* First class on Great Lawn, all other classes: 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 | Register online for each class separately or call 800-366-4664

Botanical Illustration Series - Two Classes

September 21 - October 26 2019


Saturday, September 21
Saturday, October 26
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon, Magnolia Room

Local artist Ginger Ladehoff and Garvan Director of Education Rush Fentress co-teach a series of classes focused on creating meaningful botanical illustrations. 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.
  • September 21 – Hibiscus sp. (hardy hibiscus)
  • October 26 – Acer sp. (maples)
$20 Members (per class) | $35 Non-Members | Registration Required| Register online for each class separately or call 800-366-4664

Gardening 101: Fall Edition

September 23 


9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Magnolia Room & Southern Inspiration Garden

Want to plant a garden, but not sure where to start? At Garvan, Master Gardeners maintain an area designed specifically with you in mind! The Southern Inspiration Garden serves as the classroom for this hands-on approach to learning about gardening. Come see how much fun you can have digging in the dirt!

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

Fall Photowalk: Sunset at Perry Point

September 28 


6 p.m., meet in 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.

By popular request, we will attempt to capture all the colors of a stunning Arkansas sunset from the overlook at Perry Point.

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

Garvan Rocks for All Ages!

October 1 


9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Magnolia Room

Come join local artist Sissy Hubbard as she shares the generations-old tradition of drawing on stones. Participants will create their own Garvan Rocks and hide them in the Gardens for others to find if they choose.

$10 per person per class | Reservations required | Register online or call 800-366-4664

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.

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