Garvan Woodland Gardens Est. 2002

550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs, AR 71913, United States

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Welcome to Garvan Woodland Gardens, the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas.
Nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas, the Gardens are a wonderful gift to all people from local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Cook Garvan.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Church / Chapel / Temple
Garden
Views
Forest
Garden
Lake
Landscaped Grounds
Water Feature
Style
Elegant
Garden Party
Romantic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Welcome to Garvan Woodland Gardens, the botanical garden of the University of Arkansas. Nestled in the picturesque Ouachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas, the Gardens are a wonderful gift to all people from local industrialist and philanthropist Verna Cook Garvan.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is an example of The Natural State at its best: a canopy of pines reaching skyward providing protection for delicate flora and fauna, gentle lapping waves that unfold along the 4 ½ miles of wooded shoreline, and rocky inclines that remind us of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains.

Garvan Woodland Gardens' mission is to preserve and enhance a unique part of the Ouachita environment; provide people with a place of learning, research, cultural enrichment, and serenity; develop and sustain gardens, landscapes, and structures of exceptional aesthetics, design, and construction; and partner with and serve communities of which the Gardens is a part.

From the dynamic architectural structures to the majestic botanical landscapes, Garvan Woodland Gardens offers breathtaking sights (and fantastic photo opportunities) at every turn.

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

If alcohol is served, there is an additional security fee.
There is a refundable damage deposit required 30 days prior to the event.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
180
Buffet
N/A
Standing
180
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2002
Curfew
10 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Accommodations
Bridal Hall and Groom's Quarters included in weekend Chapel wedding package.
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:

Garvan Woodland Gardens, the University of Arkansas' 210 acre botanical garden, is one of eight public, woodland gardens in the country and the only one located on a body of water. Over five miles of trails, unique bridges, waterfalls, a Children's Adventure Garden, and architectural wonder Anthony Chapel wedding complex are some of the highlights. View brilliant blooms year-round and one of the state's most elaborate outdoor holiday lights displays with over 4 million lights from mid-November through December; special night time hours.

The 5,100 square foot Pratt Welcome Center, with its natural stone walls and exposed cypress posts and beams, is a beautiful gateway to the 210-acre botanical garden. In addition, the GardenShop, restrooms, and meeting facilities, including an executive boardroom, are also located here.  This is the place for many of the Gardens’ workshops and special events, too. Monthly art exhibits can also be viewed in the center’s Magnolia Room.

Design:
About the Anthony Chapel Complex (our glass chapel): An elegant blend of native wood, glass and stone, 160-seat Anthony Chapel offers a sanctuary for reflection and rejuvenation of the spirit to visitors to the 210-acre Garvan Woodland Gardens. The majestic chapel and its four accompanying structures - Millsap Bride's Hall, Evans Groom's Quarters, Evans Celebration Garden, and the Anthony Family Carillon - were designed by acclaimed architects Maurice Jennings and David McKee of the Fayetteville firm founded by E. Fay Jones, an internationally-recognized student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Construction of the $5.8 million Anthony Chapel Complex was funded entirely through private donations. Construction began in September 2004, and a dedication was held on September 30, 2006.
-Interior dimensions: 138' long x 57' high
-Exterior dimensions: 138' long x 60' high
-1,230 sq. ft. of glass skylights
-9,860 sq. ft. of glass walls
-5,300 sq. ft. of flagstone sidewalks
-126 tons of flagstone in floors and sidewalks
-4,800 sq. ft. of stone walls
-62,500 sq. ft. of structural lumber
-11,000 sq. ft. of roof area
Standout Venue Features:
Japanese maples, Asiatic gardens, rare trees and shrubs, and over 160 types of azaleas make up this natural cornucopia.
Extra Perks:
10 tables and 100 chairs are included with all reception venue rentals.
Our Anthony Chapel package includes use of Millsap Bride's Hall, Evans Groom's Quarters, a one hour rehearsal, and our sound technician.
Awards & Notables The Asian garden is ranked as the fifth best in North America, and in 2012 Garvan Woodland Gardens was named as one of the Top Five Most Spectacular Gardens In America.
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