Welcome to Garvan Woodland Gardens, the 210-acre botanical garden off the shores of Lake Hamilton nestled within the scenic Ouachita Mountains. This gorgeous botanical garden is owned by the University of Arkansas and was first given as a gift from local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Cook Garvan. Garvan Woodland Gardens features one of the top 10 ranked Japanese Gardens, excellent seasonal blooms, and hundreds of thousands of plantings throughout the spectacular location. This garden is also home to many architecturally significant structures, such as the wood and glass Anthony Chapel that attracts many guests, locals and tourists alike, daily.
The Garvan Woodland botanical garden is an example of the Natural State at its best, the grounds showcasing a canopy of pines reaching skyward providing protection for delicate flora and fauna below. You may explore the 4.5 miles of wooded shoreline, taking in all the tall pine trees as you listen to the gentle lapping waves of Lake Hamilton. The rocky inclines are reminiscent of the Ouachita environment, and one of the main goals of this institution is to preserve and enhance this unique environment. The institution also strives to develop and sustain gardens that can be used as educational and recreational sources for all members of the community, nation, and world at large. While here your group will have to see the Bridge of the Full Moon, Daffodil Hill, Dooley Pergola, and the beautiful Garden of the Pine Wind, and check out the fun gift shop before you go!