Garvan Woodlawn Gardens & Anthony Chapel | Arkansas | RTX Traveler Magazine

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


Just 6 miles south of downtown Hot Springs, the 210-acre botanical garden is situated along the shore of Lake Hamilton and offers visitors the chance to experience the beauty of Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains.

Operated by the University of Arkansas, the gardens offer an escape from reality. Walking paths meander through a wooded wonderland of well-maintained gardens, waterfalls and streams designed to educate visitors on the natural beauty of the area.

Highlights include the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden, the Ellen Edmonston Great Lawn and the award-winning Garden of the Pine Wind. Listed as one of the best Asian gardens in North America by the Journal of Japanese Gardening, the majestic four acres includes a rock and stream garden, more than 300 Asian plants and a half-acre koi pond.


Comprised of four structures and a meditation garden, the complex was dedicated in September 2006 and is free for the public to visit.

Situated on the outskirts of the gardens, the Anthony Chapel Complex is free to visit, making it a great way to experience the gardens on  a budget. Used throughout the year for weddings, the complex includes the Millsap Bride’s Hall, Evans Grooms Quarters, Anthony Family Carillon, Evans Celebration Garden and the breathtaking Anthony Chapel.

With  landscaping that includes ornamental grasses, ferns and low-growing junipers, the Evans Celebration Garden is ideal for taking in the surrounding beauty while reading a book or just unwinding while on vacation.

Adjacent to the garden is the most recognizable landmark on the property, the Anthony Chapel. Bringing the outdoors inside, the six-story tall structure uses an open beam design with floor-to-ceiling glass walls to create an unparalleled ambiance. Considered by renowned architect Maurice Jennings to be his “finest” work, the chapel is a must visit for anyone in the Hot Springs area.


Daffodil Days

177500305wFebruary 15 – March 15

Typically starting around mid-February the main garden grounds begin to come alive with the blooming of around 200,000 daffodils. Various shades of yellow and white blanket the Three Sisters of Amity Daffodil Hill along the Warren Woodlawn Walk, creating a masterpiece only mother nature could paint.

Tulip Extravaganza

March 15 – April 19

For a show like no other in the Natural State be sure to visit during the must see Tulip Extravaganza. Before the tulips begin their spectacular bloom, tens of thousands of fragrant hyacinths and daffodils put on a spectacular spring show. Later, in April, hundreds of red, pink, violet and white azaleas and thousands of delicate dogwood blossoms will be on center stage.


550 Arkridge Rd.
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913
(800) 366-4664
Feb – Mid-Nov,
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily;
Mid-Nov – Dec,
Noon – 9 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day






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