Understandably, Smith-Gilbert Gardens has its roots in the legacy developed over four plus decades by Dr. Robert Gilbert and Richard Smith. Our Bonsai Collection is a significant validation of this connection to their presence.
On a buying trip for clothing to a local mall in the 1970’s, Dr. Gilbert chanced upon a display of bonsai and became instantly fascinated. His curiosity developed into the collection that is now one of the best in the Southeast. Alongside prior acquisitions, Dr. Gilbert has recently donated many of his most important plants back to SGG. Now, his bonsai (which literally means ‘tree grown in a tray’) have returned home. In particular, a several-hundred-year-old Pond Cypress now resides back in its location of prominence. This stunning specimen is the primary focal point through the Oriental themed portal.
Approximately 71 plants comprise this mesmerizing aspect of the Gardens. Here, minutes melt into pleasant hours. Here, an appreciation of nature may be experienced on a lovely scale. Here, forms are felt as songs.