Garvan Woodland Gardens memberships are now more valuable than ever

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Blooming tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.

For over 20 years, Garvan Woodland Gardens has provided a unique experience for Arkansas residents and visitors from around the world. The garden, an outreach center and learning laboratory for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, became the nation’s first woodland garden, hosting more than 2.5 million total visitors.

In this special setting of nature and design, visitors explored the 2.5 miles of trails, witnessed the four seasons of Arkansas outdoors, enjoyed the holiday season at the annual Christmas lights display, been united in marriage in the Anthony Chapel and enjoyed various educational opportunities.

For the past two decades, Garvan Woodland Gardens has strived to keep this garden experience accessible to everyone with affordable admission fees. These fees have only been increased twice during this period. Yet the garden has seen extraordinary growth over the past two years, setting a record attendance in 2021. With this growth, the demands on the upkeep and management of the garden have increased. And the garden still has ambitions to grow to accommodate even more visitors, activities and features in the future.

To continue to provide a world-class experience at Garvan Woodland Gardens, it has become necessary to increase the cost of adult admissions to $20 effective April 1, 2022. as well as group rates and special student rates and U of A staff. With two-tier membership starting at just $75 per year for two adults, it only takes two visits to pay for a membership.

As Garvan Woodland Gardens continues to grow, it will provide enhanced attractions and provide educational opportunities for all visitors.

The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is $15 for adults until March 31, $5 for children 4-12, free for children 3 and under, and $5 for dogs on a short leash.

For more information on these events or to check for upcoming events, call 501-262-9300 or 800-366-4664.

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