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Did you ever have childhood daydreams of magical journeys to amazing lands full of mythic beasts and strange companions? This summer, Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs will provide a chance for you to enter just such an enchanted world during the Gardens’ biggest summer exhibit ever, “Mystic Creatures 2014: Topiary Art Meets Imagination.” Three major topiary pieces will be on display at the Floating Cloud Bridge, Promenade, and Pavilion areas. At up to 13 feet tall and covered in almost 20,000 plants, these living sculptures are some of the most ambitious of their kind to ever appear in the Mid-South.

 Not really topiaries at all,  the “Mystic Creatures” are living sculptures based on a modern technique called mosaiculture. This art form combines centuries-old formal European parterres of clipped shrubs and annuals with the vertical character, size, and three-dimensional form of traditional topiary figures.

“Mystic Creatures” is a cooperative project of the Gardens in-house design and fabrication teams and the Landscape Architecture Department in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Designs were developed by garden landscape architects and University of Arkansas students, who studied the design, plant materials, and structural systems required to create living sculptures.

“Mystic Creatures" is on display now through August 31 at Garvan Woodland Gardens (LINK: The exhibit is open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Members are free. Prices for non-members are $10 for adults, $5 ages 6-12, and free for ages 0-5. Visit their site at for more details.