February at Garvan Woodland Gardens


Happy Valentine’s Day! Yep, the holiday is synonymous with flowers. Which got me
thinking…flowers…gardens…Garvan Woodland Gardens! Yes, that is how this topic
comes to you today. So, if you love flowers, here is a peek at a few of their
upcoming events. For starters, more than 200,000 daffodils in various shades of
yellow make their annual appearance during Daffodil Days Feb. 15-March 7. Call
the Gardens for peak bloom times at 501-262-9300.
On Feb 18 from 9:30-noon Garden Director Bob Byers shares some of the early history of the Gardens during “Off the Garden Path”.  He’ll take you “off path” for a view of some of the first plantings made
by Verna Garvan and to the site of the Gardens’ first entrance where visitors came by boat. Mrs. Garvan, alias Susan Harper, will also make an appearance and share her life story.
A Gardening 101 Workshop is scheduled for Feb. 21 in the Magnolia Room. Topics include

 “Camelliasand Early Spring Interest in the Garden” – 9:30 a.m. to Noon and  “What Do I Do with All ThesePlants I keep Buying” -1 to 3.   Garden Director Bob Byers will share information about camellias, including theirhistory, flower forms, care, and cultivation techniques. Participants alsotake  a walk through the Gardens tosee the camellias planted by Verna Garvan. In the afternoon, Elizabeth Frazierof Landscape Design Company, will share tips for using plants in the garden.


Gardening 101 sessions are free to GWG members and previously registered volunteers. Regular garden admission applies to non-members. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 501-262-9300 for more details.

 The gardens are located on the shores of Lake Hamilton and are part of the department of the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture. It  is the only botanical garden in the nation that occupies all of a peninsula in a major water body. Popular garden attractions include The Anthony Chapel, a work of art that features a 57-foot, open-rafter ceiling supported by pine columns and crossbeams and the Joy Manning Scott Full Moon Bridge. There is also a 1.5 acre Evans Children’s Adventure Garden that provides a maze comprised of massive boulders for children to negotiate and a manmade cave with an entry behind a 12-foot waterfall.1-800-366-4664; www.garvangardens.org.


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