Julia Mann

Red buckeyes in bloom this spring at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – In addition to enjoying the continued unfurling of spring blooms at Garvan Woodland Gardens, visitors can take part in a range of health and fitness activities in May.

“Group Health Walks” will be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. each Monday through June. Sharon Turrentine and friends will lead a three-mile walk. Walks will be held rain or shine. Participants should meet on the Welcome Center deck, and pets and strollers are welcome.

“Yoga at the Gardens” will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m., May 15 and 29, at the Klipsch Amphitheatre. Diana Esanu, a registered yoga instructor, will teach the series, incorporating stretches, gentle poses, breath work and affirmations. A 10-minute guided meditation will follow. Participants are asked to bring their own mats.

The Tai Chi Series “Strength in Motion” will meet from 1:30-2:30 p.m. each Thursday through June. The Oaklawn Center on Aging leads this ancient, low-impact practice that increases flexibility, balance and strength. Loose, comfortable clothing and comfortable footwear are recommended. Classes will meet on the Great Lawn.

“Walk and Learn!” tours guided by Garvan Gardens docents will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 12 and 26 and June 16 and 30. The hikes will help participants gain familiarity with the garden and stay updated on the current and recent construction projects within the garden. Participants should meet on the deck of the Welcome Center.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is the botanical garden of the U of A and part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with the last admission sold at 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12, free for children ages 3 and younger, and $5 for dogs on a short leash. Some events and activities are free. Some require a fee, advance registration or prepayment.

Check with garden staff about specific COVID-19 precautions and safety measures.

For more information about these events or to check on upcoming events, call 501-262-9300 or 800-366-4664.