Spring weather in Arkansas is capricious. I was fortunate to choose a warm and sunny day for a visit to Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs for the spring tulips.

Tulip season at Garvan Woodland Gardens is a must-see if you are an Arkansas resident or if you will be in the area in the spring.

Once a barren peninsula on Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, Arkansas, Garvan Woodland Gardens is now one of the most beautiful and lush places in the Natural State.

This 210 acre piece of property is like a woodland fantasy with gorgeous second growth trees, manicured lawns, elegant gardens, well maintained walkways, exquisite bridges, and flowing water.

It is a place where nature is tamed and made into something almost too perfect to be real.

Mrs. Garvan purchased this piece of land in 1920, only 5 years after all the trees had been clear cut. She loved it so much that she never allowed it to be cut again.

According to the Garvan Gardens website: “In 1956, as a self-taught gardener, she began to develop it as a garden and possible future residence. She was intimately familiar with the land and laid out each path, marking every tree to be removed. Verna also personally chose each new plant and selected its location.”

After her death she bequeathed the gardens to the University of Arkansas. She wanted them to continue to be accessible for the people of her state to enjoy.

You enter the gardens through a welcome center which also houses a gift shop.  The gardens contain beautiful bridges which are perfect for portraits, a children’s tree house and play area, a snack bar, and a pavilion which is also available for events and weddings.

Spring is a special time at Garvan Gardens, particularly when the tulips and cherry trees are in bloom. They plant over 150,000 tulip bulbs and the display is breathtaking.

Just outside of the welcome center of Garvan Gardens is the light and airy Anthony Chapel.

The wood and glass construction brings the outside in and makes this a lovely location for a wedding or just for those seeking serenity.

Anthony Chapel is one of three glass chapels in the state of Arkansas.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is a perfect place to spend a spring day!

I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.

While you are in Hot Springs be sure and visit Hot Springs National Park. You will enjoy seeing the old bath houses. There are some great spas in the area as well as some nice places to stay and wonderful restaurants.

For some other gorgeous parks in Little Rock take a look at Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Two Rivers Park.

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. When is the best week to visit the Tulip Extravaganza in Hot Springs, AR?
    I am requesting a one-time email only and no solicitation or selling of my email address please…
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    1. The best time to see the tulips is typically in March. Of course that depends on the weather. If you keep an eye on the Garvan Gardens facebook page they keep people informed about when they expect the peak tulip viewing to be.

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