Garvan Woodland Gardens

Interpretive Master Plan

Hot Springs, AR

Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 200-acre gem nestled in the Ouchita Mountains in central Arkansas. It is the legacy of Verna Cook Garvan, who bequeathed her nascent gardens to the University of Arkansas in 1993.  The Gardens boast a rich history seated in naturalized gardens, native environments, stunning geologic formations, and ever-present water.  It is the home of one of the largest collections of E. Faye Jones architecture in the country.

However, visitors often leave the Gardens without a message that embraces the essence of the place.  With valuable input from the University and visitors, the Terra team created an interpretive master plan that uncovers the heart of the Gardens. The plan formulated an overarching theme and four supporting sub-themes, the latter of which guided the organization of trail systems, thresholds, and interpretive media.


  • The Acorn Group

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