February and March Carry Floral Celebrations, Health Courses to Garvan Woodland Gardens


Julia Mann

In the spring this will be one of the first trees to bloom by the koi pond in Garvan Woodland Gardens.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – After the Garvan Woodland Gardens are closed for the month of January, they will reopen in February for the earliest blooms of the season.

The annual “Daffodil Days and Tulip Extravaganza” start in mid-February and celebrate the transition from winter to spring at Garvan Gardens. The display starts with blooming crocuses, daffodils and hyacinths, closely followed by more than 150,000 Dutch tulips in brilliant hues. Spring annuals, dogwoods and azaleas will also bloom in the coming months. The timing of blooms depends on the weather. For the latest photos and peak flowering times, visit the Garvan Gardens Facebook page.

With a view to March, “Group Health Walks” take place every Monday from 10:15 am to 11:15 am from March to May. The first walk takes place on March 1st. Sharon Turrentine and his friends go on a 3 mile walk. Walks are held in rain or shine. Participants should meet on the Welcome Center deck. Pets and strollers are welcome.

“Yoga in the Gardens” takes place from March 6th to 20th from 10.30am to 11.30am in the Garvan Pavilion. Diana Esanu, a registered yoga teacher, will teach the series, which will include stretches, gentle poses, breath work and affirmations. A 10 minute guided meditation will follow. Participants are asked to bring their own mats.

“Go and learn!” Instructor-led tours at Garvan Woodland Gardens run March 10-24 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The hikes help participants to familiarize themselves with the garden and to keep up to date with the latest and most recent building projects in the garden. Participants should meet on the deck of the Welcome Center.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the University of Arkansas Botanical Garden and part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. The garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last entry is sold at 5 p.m. Admission is $ 15 for adults, $ 5 for children ages 4 to 12, free for children 3 and under, and $ 5 for dogs on a short leash. Some events and activities are free. Some require a fee, pre-registration, or prepayment.

Masks are required to enter Garvan Gardens and some garden areas. Check with the gardening staff for specific COVID-19 precautions and safety measures.

For more information about these events or information about upcoming events, call 501-262-9300 or 800-366-4664.