Tyson Foods brings back free Tuesday nights at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

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Tyson Foods of Springdale has pledged $50,000 to help fund Tyson Tuesday Nights from June 6 to Aug. 29 at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville.

The venue will be open to the public for free — except on June 13, for Art & Cocktails in the Garden, a previously scheduled, ticketed event — and will extend its hours until 8 p.m. each night of the event series. The series will include a variety of programming, including live music, cooking demonstrations, gardening tip sessions and other educational experiences, according to a Tyson press release. The inaugural Tyson Tuesday event series was last year.

“After the outstanding success of last year’s Tyson Tuesday Nights, we are pleased to again have the generous support of Tyson Foods,” Charlotte Taylor, executive director of the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, said in the release. “This donation makes it possible for the public to come enjoy the vibrant beauty of the garden on summer evenings at no cost. Our hope is to reach people across Northwest Arkansas and beyond, helping them experience the natural beauty of the Ozarks.”

The funding will also go toward educational programming that serves about 16,000 school-age children per year, according to the press release.

Tyson Foods said it has supported the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks organization since two years before the 42-acre property opened to the public in 2007.

“The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks plays a big part in what makes Northwest Arkansas so great,” Pat Bourke, program manager of corporate social responsibility for Tyson, said in the release. “Tyson Tuesday Nights will make it even more convenient for our community to discover the wonderful programming and experiences the garden has to offer.”