I took this photo looking up into the Carillon Tower sitting next to the Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is one of the most unique structures you’ll see anywhere. Stark, straight lines, shooting up into the air, surrounded by trees in the midst of this peaceful garden, almost seems too much of a contradiction, but somehow it works.

It stands 59 feet tall and consists of 16 copper-clad columns. It was completed in 2007 as a gift from the Anthony family to the gardens. The Anthony Chapel next to it is equally impressive. Both are frequent sites for weddings and reunions. The bells in the tower ring out throughout the day and can be heard from all over the garden.

Garvan Woodland Gardens is located on a 210-acre peninsula on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. There are fabulous walking trails around the gardens that let you enjoy the incredible array of plants and flowers. For those who can’t walk to enjoy the gardens, Garvan offers a guided golf cart tour for an additional charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit online at http://www.garvangardens.com/ for all of the details on the gardens and the Carillon Tower.

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