words: Marla Cantrell
images: courtesy Garvan Woodland Gardens
This month, Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas, becomes a kaleidoscope of color as more than 150,000 tulips bloom. There’s nothing like walking along the trails, seeing the tulips sway in the breeze, and seeing the joy these flowers bring.
Kids love the tulips. Parents show up with cameras, getting those precious spring shots. Couples hold hands, families bring along their dog, and groups arrive in buses, ready to witness this eternal sign of the changing season.
The Spring Tulip Festival runs through April. Since we’ve had a mild winter, the tulips are expected to bloom early, making March the most colorful month. While at the garden, enjoy the tranquility of this wooded wonderland, see the waterfall, stop by the koi pond, take in the views, and get in on the activities for kids. Another plus: the architectural masterpiece, Anthony Chapel, sits just outside the garden’s borders and is free to visit. It is open to the public unless there’s a wedding, rehearsal or private event taking place.
The exact date the tulips begin to bloom is up to Mother Nature. Check Garvan Woodland Gardens’ website or Facebook page for updates.
The garden is open from 9am-6pm every day except on major holidays and the month of January. Admission is $15 for those 13 and older; $5 for kids 4-12; Free for kids 3 and younger; $5 for dogs on leash. Parking is free. Golf carts with a driver can be rented for $15 per person, cannot be reserved.
Garvan Woodland Gardens
550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs
800.366.4664 | garvangardens.org