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Garvan Woodland Gardens

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550 Arkridge Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913-8729
+1 501-262-9300
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Woodland gardens-unique and peaceful!

There weren't many flowers blossoming, but the gardens are beautiful and peaceful nonetheless. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jcmorden
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Nice

Don't get me wrong I gave it a four due to the fact it is very beautiful however the claim to top... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kenneth M
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Rockport, United States
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Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical garden, is one of eight public, woodland gardens in the country and the only one located on a body of water. The Asian garden is ranked as the fifth best in North America, and in 2012 Garvan Woodland Gardens was named as one of the Top Five Most Spectacular Gardens In America. Over five miles of trails, unique bridges, waterfalls, a Children's Adventure Garden, and architectural wonder Anthony Chapel wedding complex are some of the highlights. View brilliant blooms year-round and one of the state's most elaborate outdoor holiday lights displays with over 4 million lights from mid-November through December; special night time hours. Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 4-12, free ages 3 and under. Golf cart rides available on a first come first served basis for additional $15 per person. Chipmunk Cafe open 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Pet friendly and many ADA accessible trails.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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550 Arkridge Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913-8729
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Reviewed yesterday

There weren't many flowers blossoming, but the gardens are beautiful and peaceful nonetheless. We got there an hour before closing after boating so were not able to walk all of the trails. We loved what we were able to see. The fairy garden was so...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Don't get me wrong I gave it a four due to the fact it is very beautiful however the claim to top Japans Garden is no where close. I found it to be lacking in presentation on Japans Garden aspect but very beautiful over all.

Thank Kenneth M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited here with my wife and another couple one was a master gardener. The paths were well laid out, the spring bloom was over but several plant types were still in flower. There is a large scale model railroad working which I found very interesting....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

You need to check in early they close early there is an admission cost but worth every penny. roaming Peacocks and other wildlife are free to see up close. the gardens were so spectacular that photos really will not do it justice. but take plenty...More

Thank Cael P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The gardens are well maintained and the staff is very friendly. This is a great activity if you enjoy viewing natural beauty and wildlife. Make sure you bring water and your walking shoes, the path is quite long but worth it.

Thank mdclark318
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens, very well kept up! Nice restrooms and food cafe very good and reasonably priced. It is a good bit of walking but they do have golf carts with a driver that can tour you the garden with on and off service! Awesome for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is nice and has several surprises. There are hills to walk up and down and the children's garden area is actually (mostly) under construction. Would have liked to have seen more perrenial flowers..but maybe too early for some.

Thank janmarieeoff
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed my visit to this woodland garden finding it quite peaceful and beautifully located on a peninsula on Lake Hamilton just outside of Hot Springs. The sound of running water coming from the many small streams and waterfalls throughout the garden were to me...More

Thank ARodriguezP
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Sherre F, Public Relations Manager at Garvan Woodland Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you! We appreciate your thoughtful review and the time it took to write it!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The garden is so beautiful and so well kept. Thank you to the volunteers and staff you are doing a magnificent job. The walking tour was very doable by anyone. We saw a couple of peacocks and enjoyed the koi pond. Kids would also enjoy...More

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the golfcart tour. Our driver knew virtually nothing about the plants and there were actually very few flowers at all ... was NOT worth $60. The train and fairy garden were about the best things. I was very disappointed ... It seemed as...More

Thank Robyn A
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Sherre F, Public Relations Manager at Garvan Woodland Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Robyn, We are sorry to hear you were disappointed in the Gardens and your tour. Your comments will be shared with our Visitor Services Director. The month of May is a transition period for gardens in Arkansas, so your comments about flowers are understandable....More

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T H
January 1, 2018|
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Response from Sherre F | Property representative |
We are closed in January. The Gardens is not open to visitors at any time.
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RIPSHOUSTON
October 12, 2017|
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Response from Bill63131 | Reviewed this property |
It was too early for fall colors when we went but I would think early to mid-November you would see an abundance of fall colors.
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Ashley E
October 1, 2017|
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Response from Sherre F | Property representative |
Yes, well-behaved dogs on leash are allowed; one dog per visitor please! Please note that dogs are not allowed during our nighttime event, Holiday Lights, except on one night for the Jingle Dogs Pup Parade. Monday, December... More
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