This weekend Gina and I visited Garvin Woodland Gardens. The Gardens were the dream of Verna Cook Garvan. The site for Garvan Woodland Gardens was purchased in the 1920's. In 1956 Mrs. Garvin began to develop it as a garden and possible future residence. She was intimately familiar with the land and laid out each path, marking every tree to be removed. She also personally chose each new plant and selected its location.
The peak tulip viewing times at the gardens are March 15 through April 10. Garvin Woodland gardens are beautiful anytime of the year, but I think that the tulip season is quite possibly the best.
Garvin Woodland Gardens is the largest remaining undeveloped tract of land on Lake Hamilton, the Mid-South's most popular recreational Lake. There are nearly three miles of recreational trails.
There are enough ornamental trees to plant an avenue over two miles long with a tree every twenty feet. There are 65 different varieties of Asian maple.
Garvin Woodland gardens has over 2,000 azaleas of 160 varieties, or enough to completely cover over an acre spaced five feet on center. There are 128 species of ornamental native shrubs and wildflowers and over 300 varieties of flowering perennials and groundcovers.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.