Garvan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Arkansas, especially in the spring, when the Tulip Extravaganza draws daily crowds to see 150,000-plus colorful blooms.

Named one of the top five gardens in the country, Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 210-acre woodland fantasy located on a Lake Hamilton peninsula.

One of the highlights of the gardens is the architecture, inspired by renowned architect and Arkansas native E. Fay Jones who believed architecture should reflect and fit within the natural beauty surrounding it. Jones designed the Garvan Pavilion, which serves as the center of activity for the gardens. His influence is seen in other structures in the gardens, such as the Anthony Chapel.

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Arkansas, especially in the spring, when the Tulip Extravaganza draws daily crowds to see 150,000-plus colorful blooms.

Garvan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Arkansas, especially in the Spring, when tulip and daffodil events draw thousands of people.

Special events are scheduled throughout the year, including Daffodil Days and Tulip Extravaganza in springtime, and Fall Flower Days in October, which celebrates a rainbow of 8,000 chrysanthemums in bloom. Don’t miss the popular Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens, which illuminates the area’s winter beauty with 5 million Christmas lights during much of November and all of December. This holiday event is so popular, it lures visitors from across the state and the region each year.

Special exhibits are hosted each year, including past exhibits like "Mystic Creatures" (pictured), which showcased fantasy- and fairytale-inspired topiary sculptures.

NEW TREE HOUSE FOR KIDS

Garvan Woodland Gardens unveiled a new, kid-approved addition in summer 2018.

The garden teamed up with the Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design to create the magical Bob and Sunny Evans Tree House located within the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden.

The tree house floats among the branches of pines and oaks. The structure perfectly blends in and feels like a natural part of the forest.

The tree house is also a place for children to learn more about nature through interactive exhibits and structures. The interpretive elements enable children to learn and explore by stimulation, rather than just reading plaques.

For more information about the gardens or the new treehouse, visit GarvanGardens.org.