Garvan Woodland Gardens

One of the benefits of having a child attend the Arkansas School for Math, Sciences and the Arts, a residential high school Hot Springs, is that we get to visit and further explore the Spa City.  On one such occasion, earlier this school year, we decided to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon strolling around Garvan Woodland Gardens.

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This was Kurt’s inaugural visit and a return for Sabrina and me.  We were lucky enough to have reveled in the splendor of the tulips this past spring.

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But it was late August; far from tulip season.  I wasn’t sure what I had talked Kurt into; I certainly didn’t want him to leave disappointed.

There was no need to worry.  The folks at Garvan Woodland Gardens know how to showcase color, even when flowers start to fade.  When all else fails, stick to the coleus, caladiums, and hosta, with a splash of vinca for good measure.  It was impressive!

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Staff attend to the tiniest details; it’s our job to appreciate them!

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Even though most waterfalls in Arkansas had been dry for some time, the Koi Pond Waterfall near the Japanese garden area was flowing!

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A favorite area was the Fairy Village.  Tiny, adorable cottages filled a shady area near the main entrance.

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Luckily, the Arkansas August heat that normally makes outdoor exploration unbearable had decided to subside a bit, allowing us to spend most of the afternoon traipsing around this magnificent 210 acres.  It was a wonderful road trip for Kurt and me, and an awesome way for Sabrina to get away from the rigors and stress of adjusting to this new phase in her life.  Having a place of retreat is important for her, and this momma is grateful that Garvan Woodland Gardens is one among many available in the Hot Springs area!

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