Editor’s note: The event featured in this article occurred in 2017, but you’ll find other great happenings on our Events page.
Guides from Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters in Hot Springs will be presenting an introductory Fly Fishing 101 class at Garvan Woodland Gardens on June 17. Those interested will learn the basics of the craft and will practice the mechanics of casting a fly rod in surrounding Lake Hamilton. Rods are provided, but participants can bring their own gear too if they have it.
There will be two classes taking place during the day to choose from. One that goes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and one from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $20 for members of the Gardens, $25 for non-members. Reservations are required and you can do so online here.
Garvan Woodland Gardens, which is at 540 Arkridge Road in Hot Springs, is a 210 acre botanical garden located on the shores of Lake Hamilton. It is the only botanical garden in the nation that occupies all of a peninsula in a major water body. Popular attractions there include the Joy Manning Scott Full Moon Bridge and the Anthony Chapel.
This year, the Perry Wildflower Overlook and Formby Wildflower Meadow also debuted a natural stone trail that goes to the shore of Lake Hamilton. Also on site is the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden, which has a 450-foot- long elevated boardwalk and Cedar Bridge in its center.
Garvan Woodland Gardens is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for those 13 and up, $5 for those ages 4-12, and free for children under 3 years old. Guided golf cart tours are available for $15 per person in addition to admission. For more information call 501-262-9300 or visit garvangardens.org.