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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@sbsmags.com.

 

 

Through August 4, Wye

Berry Picking
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

Berry picking is fun and rewarding and blueberries and blackberries are ripening mid May through July. Pick a gallon and you will be ready to make a cobbler, muffins, or delicious healthy smoothies. When you finish picking, reward yourself with some fresh cut flowers and your children with a fun time in the funland with a barnyard petting area and a ride on the “Berry” choo-choo. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit wyemountain.net or call 501-330-1906.

 

June



June 25-29, Hot Springs
Design Camp in the Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

Design Camp offers the chance to learn about the design professions through hands-on projects, tours, presentation, and discussions led by architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design faculty of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and collaborate with peers in a fun and creative studio environment while exploring the design process. Open to students going into grades 9-12. Supplies and lunches will be provided. Admission: $200 for early registration by April 13; $250 for regular registration by May 25. (Please inquire about need-based full and partial scholarships.) To register or for more information, contact Judy Stone at jkstone@uark.edu or 479-575-2399. Visit fayjones.uark.edu/news-and-events/design-camp.php. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.



June 26, Fayetteville
BGO Patriotic Summer Concert
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band will entertain guests with the “Red, White & Blooms” patriotic performance. A great way to kick off our free summer concert series! 7-9 p.m. All concerts are family-friendly and free to the public. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome or enjoy food and drink from local food trucks! For more information, visit bgozarks.org.



June 30, Rogers
Wildflower Shoot
Hobbs State Park Visitor Center

A professional from the Photographic Society of NW Arkansas will lecture on how to photograph wildflowers followed by participants photographing the thousands of wildflowers. This program is for beginners. For more information, call 479-789-5000 or email hobbs@arkansas.com.

 

July



July 4, Bismarck
4th of July Island Festival
DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge Island

Bring the family out to the park and make some great memories. Park interpreters will have a host of games and activities lined up to help you enjoy your time at DeGray. Expect a number of crowd favorites, from the watermelon-eating contest and water relays, to the underwater treasure hunt and the fourth annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Lodge Island will be the place to be with fun activities, good food, and great viewing locations for the evening fireworks display! Admission: Free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 501-865-5810.



July 4, Ward
Annual City Of Ward 4th Of July Picnic & Fireworks Show
Ward Sports Complex

There will be free hotdogs, hamburgers, and water for all that attend. There will be live music throughout the day as well as vendors, a car and bike show, and of course, the fireworks display. 4-10 p.m. Free admission; vendor entry $10, car entry $15, motorcycle entry $10. For more information, visit wardparksandrec.com.



July 4, West Fork
43rd Annual Devil’s Den Games
Devil’s Den State Park

Enjoy a fun-filled day of horseshoes, egg toss, sack races, bike parade, and of course softball tournaments, all topped off with homemade ice cream! Free admission. For more information, call 479-761-3325.



July 7, Bentonville
Forest Concert Series – Dom Flemons, Featuring the Annual Lightning Bug Hunt
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Catch fireflies and enjoy the magic of nature with Grammy Award-winning musician Dom Flemons, co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. $10 (free for members and youth ages 18 and under). For more information or to register, visit crystalbridges.org or call Guest Services at 479-657-2335.



July 14, Hot Springs National Park
Landscape Drawing
Garvan Woodland Gardens, Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Learning Center

Local artist Ginger Ladehoff teaches a drawing workshop to students interested in nature still life drawing, landscapes, and trees. While all materials are provided, participants are encouraged to bring their own pencils if they have them. Using the gardens as inspiration, each student will produce original artwork. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.$25 members, $40 non-members; limited seating, advance reservations required. For more information or to register, visit garvangardens.org or call 800-366-4664.

 

July 16, Mountain View
Gathering and Preserving the Herbal Harvest
Ozark Folk Center State Park

This hands-on class will be an herbal adventure in the height of the herb-gathering season. We will spend time outside (bring a hat and sunblock, dress accordingly) learning how to prune and harvest herbs in the mornings. We will bring our herbal bounty indoors and proceed to preserve them in different ways. We will comminute herbs and tie them into bundles for drying. Using seasonal herbs, fruits and veggies, we will create herbal vinegar and syrup; and make herbal mustard and an herb jelly or jam. We will also make and eat a few seasonal herbal favorites like pesto, salsa verde, herb butter, herb cheese, herbal soda, and an herbal iced tea. Bring a basket or box to carry your goodies home in, pruners or garden scissors, a kitchen knife, and apron if you wear one, and a go-mug for beverages. $40 registration fee. Class fee is $200 for the class plus $50 materials fee payable to instructor on day of class – cash or check. For more information, call 870-269-3851, email ozarkfolkcenter@arkansas.com, or visit ozarkfolkcenter.com.



July 21, Fayetteville
BGO’s Firefly Fling
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks will transform into a magical world with dozens of fun activities for children and adults; including fairy house building, photo booths, an obstacle course, giant bubbles, nature stations, and more! The garden will come alive with live music and tales from storytellers, and after dark there will be glowing games, glow-in-the-dark performances and fire dancing. The Firefly Shoppe will have fairy wings, wands, glow sticks and other festival items for sale. 6-10 p.m. Advance tickets – $12/adults and $4/kids ages 3-13. At the gate, tickets will cost $15/adults and $5/kids 3-13. Children under 3 admitted free. For more information, visit bgozarks.org.

 

July 31, Fayetteville
BGO’s Free Summer Concert Series
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

There’s nothing better than summer nights in the garden, enjoying these unique open-air performances. All concerts are family-friendly and open to the public. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome or enjoy food and drink from local food trucks! Consider riding your bike with b-parking on the Tyson Terrace.
Please leave pets at home. 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit bgozarks.org.

 

August



August 2-4, Wye
Berry Picking
Wye Mountain Flowers and Berries

Berry picking is fun and rewarding and blueberries and blackberries are ripening mid May through July. Pick a gallon and you will be ready to make a cobbler, muffins, or delicious healthy smoothies. When you finish picking, reward yourself with some fresh cut flowers and your children with a fun time in the funland with a barnyard petting area and a ride on the “Berry” choo-choo. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. For more information, visit wyemountain.net or call 501-330-1906.



August 4, Washington
Gardening Basics For The Fall
Historic Washington State Park Visitor Center

Just because winter is almost here, doesn’t mean you must put your gardening tools away. Some of your favorite plants come from a healthy fall/winter garden. Join our historic gardener in a hands-on workshop geared toward fall and winter gardens and learn how to properly care for your plant beds over the winter. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $25. For more information, visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com or call 870-983-2684.



Aug 7-9, Hot Springs National Park
Natural State Ecology Day Camp Session 3
Garvan Woodland Gardens

A conservation-themed day camp for children ages 8-12. Each day will feature hiking, interactive science lessons, art and design projects, and more! Students will enjoy activities that explore the amazing ecology of the Natural State, while emphasizing the importance of respectful behavior and stewardship of natural resources. Participants should pack bug spray, sunscreen, a lunch, and a water bottle. Please call about early drop off and extended care for your child. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $55 per day, reservations required. Online registrants must purchase a separate ticket for each day desired. For more information or to register, visit
garvangardens.org or call 800-366-4664.



August 9-11, Hope
42nd Annual Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park

The Hope Watermelon festival features numerous activities including arts & crafts, food, entertainment and other family-oriented activities. You can participate in a 5k race, take in a dog show, or enter the “Watermelon Idol” talent contest. The last day of the festival will be a night to remember closing with a concert. Headliner to be announced soon! For more information, visit hopewatermelonfest.com.



August 10, Mountainburg
National S’Mores Day
Lake Fort Smith State Park, Visitor Center Fireplace

What better way to celebrate National S’mores Day than to make s’mores? Join us as we make our own delicious s’mores and learn a bit about the tasty treat while we’re at it. This event is free and everyone is welcome to join. S’mores are available on a first come, first served basis as supplies are limited. 6-6:30 p.m. To give us an idea of how many people to expect, please contact the park at 479-369-1010.



August 11, Prairie Grove
Salve Workshop
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Latta Barn

Ozarkers have long believed in the wisdom of herbal remedies. Join master gardener Jane-Ellen Ross for hands-on tips, tricks, and techniques for making a “cure-all” yarrow and comfrey salve. You’ll get to take a jar of salve home, and leave with some herbal recipes, as well! 9:30-11:30 a.m. This workshop is limited to 15 participants; registration fee $15. This class fills quickly, so be sure to sign up early. For more information or to register, call 479-846-2990.



August 17, Bentonville
Moon Gardens and Nighttime Pollinators with Cody George
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Discover the enchanting creatures who pollinate after dark, and the flora and fauna that sustain them in this program with Crystal Bridges’ horticulturist Cody George. Beginning just before dusk, George will feature a variety of plants perfect for a moon garden, discussing the nighttime pollinators that might visit them, then lead a tour on our trails and grounds where we might just spot a few. 7-9 p.m. Free. For more information or to register, visit crystalbridges.org or call Guest Services at 479-657-2335.

 

State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.