The Senior Adult Ministry from First Baptist Church recently embarked on a trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens at Hot Springs.

The Senior Adult Ministry from First Baptist Church recently embarked on a trip to Garvan Woodland Gardens at Hot Springs.


Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 210-acre botanical garden located at 550 Arkridge Road, approximately 6 miles from Hot Springs National Park. It is owned by the University of Arkansas and is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the month of January.


The gardens are situated on a woodland peninsula with 4.5 miles of shoreline on Lake Hamilton. The gardens feature rocky inclines reminiscent of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains, floral landscapes, streams and waterfalls in a natural woodland setting.


The gardens were started by Verna Cook Garvan of Malvern. The garden site was purchased in the 1920s after a clear-cut in about 1915. In 1956, Garvan began to develop the site as a garden and over the next 40 years planted thousands of specimens. Upon her death, Garvan left the property to the Department of Landscape Architecture through the University of Arkansas Foundation.


Before touring the gardens, the seniors had dinner at the Outback Steakhouse, said to be the premier Outback Steakhouse in Arkansas. Steaks and seafood were in abundance and enjoyed by all.


Those making the trip were James House, driver, Jeanette McGrew, trip organizer, Ann Adair, Ann Holt, Myra Twitchell, Audrey Borecky and Charlie Schmieder.