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Hot Springs National Park - Garvan Woodland Gardens


About the Garden:

Garvan Woodland Gardensis  the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. Nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas, the Gardens are a wonderful gift to all people from local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Cook Garvan.Garvan Woodland Gardens is an example of The Natural State at its best: a canopy of pines reaching skyward providing protection for delicate flora and fauna, gentle lapping waves that unfold along the 4 ½ miles of wooded shoreline, and rocky inclines that remind us of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains.


Garvan Woodland Gardens' mission is to preserve and enhance a unique part of the Ouachita environment; provide people with a place of learning, research, cultural enrichment, and serenity; develop and sustain gardens, landscapes, and structures of exceptional aesthetics, design, and construction; and partner with and serve communities of which the Gardens is a part.

From the dynamic architectural structures to the majestic botanical landscapes, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers breathtaking sights (and fantastic photo opportunities) at every turn.

Verna Cook Garvan, a long-time resident of southern Arkansas, was founder and benefactress of Garvan Woodland Gardens. The Garvans made Hot Springs their home and were involved in several businesses affiliated with ABCO (A. B. Cook) Industries, the most notable being Malvern Brick and Tile Company. Now an independent department of the University's School of Architecture, the gardens continue to flourish and grow through the support of the Arkansas Legislature, Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, many generous private donors, and over 3,000 members.


kris Kane

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
This is by far the best place on earth. Very peaceful and zen. There are gardens for miles. It is right on lake Hamilton so you can view the lake while you look at the scenery. The Christmas decorations are amazing and they have lights that go on forever! I’d recommend this place but I don’t want the whole world to know about my peaceful place to relax because you will all show up and crowd me!! 😜

Daniel Camacho

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
This place is amazing! If you like to walk a lot and enjoy nature, this place is perfect for that, we walked for about 5 hours and we didn't even finish walking all around the park! But we had a lot of fun. It has different spots where you can see the lake from. Kids enjoy it too, it has attractions that kids love and they have a really pretty wood and glass church. They also have a little restaurant, which is very reasonable in prices and has good menu for kids and adults.

Michael Thompson

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Beautiful garden and trails. Be sure to pack a lunch and enjoy the day in the gardens. We went in mid March and the tulips (95,000 of them) we're in bloom. Can't wait to go back again.

Travis Law

Thursday, March 1, 2018
A great place to visit and enjoy the scenery. The park does a great job with its water features making them look organic and natural. I'm sure in the spring all the flowers are in bloom and look great. Plan on spending at least 3 hours here taking it all in.

Genie Mack

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Came for the Christmas lights, what a display! Whoever does this clearly worked very hard to make it absolutely breathtaking! I would love to come back in the summer to see the flowers. The staff and volunteers really made the difference... From the parking lot too the ticket booth to the free hot chocolate! Thank you for such a wonderful time!

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