Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. The facility is in the Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas on a peninsula extending into Lake Hamilton.
The extensive gardens are a place of learning, research, and cultural enrichment. During the annual Spring Tulip Extravaganza, however, they’re just plain beautiful!
Visitors come from around the country to celebrate the end of winter with the thousands of beautiful blooms. Crocus, daffodils, and hyacinths lead off the explosion of color in early spring – an event known as the Daffodil Days.
This is followed, as soon as weather permits, by over 150,000 Dutch tulips, spring annuals, and azaleas: the Spring Tulip Extravaganza. The combined effect gives Garvan Woodland Gardens the largest display of seasonal blossoms in the region.
As stated above, though the dates “March 1st through April 30th” are given for the Tulip Extravaganza, the actual date varies with the weather. For up-to-date peak bloom times, visit the Garvan Woodland Gardens Facebook page.
Garvan Woodland Gardens is the only botanical garden in the U.S that occupies an entire peninsula on a major water body. The peninsula, which is over a quarter of a mile long, features hillsides and overlooks that offer spectacular Lake Hamilton views. Extensive landscaping, using native materials, transformed the peninsula into one of the most beautiful facilities of its kind.
Garvan Woodland Gardens
Tulip Extravaganza: March 1st through April 30th, 2017
550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913
The gardens are open 9 am to 6 pm, daily except on major holidays. Closed in January.
Visit www.garvangardens.org for more information.
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