While we were in Arkansas last week, I wanted to visit some of their public gardens. Luckily, one of their best was located just outside Hot Springs, where we spent a day exploring the small, historic city. Called Garvan Woodland Gardens, it is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. Apparently, spring hit early, and we missed most of the blooming dogwood, red bud and daffodils.
But the azaleas were still going off.
We started at the Pratt Welcome center, and wandered the expansive gardens over by the Garden of the Pine Wind, which showcases 60 types of Japanese and other Asian maples.
This is one of the interesting maples.
The gardens are surrounded on three sides by Lake Hamilton. This is one lookout, and the Perry Wildflower Meadow is below.
The place is massive. It has a separate, 45-acre nature preserve on one side, as well as a nature center, a gorgeous chapel called Anthony Chapel, a children’s garden, an amphitheater, and many specialty gardens.
They even have peacocks and pea hens wandering around the place.
Although they feature many of the native plants of Arkansas, one garden, called the Ellen Edmonson Great Lawn, has over 10,000 square feet of mixed floral displays.
You can visit any time of year–except January when it’s closed–and find something in bloom.
(Anyone know what this is?)
This garden is yet another reason not to underestimate The Natural State.
Want to see more of Arkansas? Click HERE to read about an interesting sculpture garden.