Bonsai Display


Dr. Bob Gilbert stands next to the Pond Cypress. It is one of five plants Dr. Gilbert recently donated to the SGG collection.

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.

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Garden Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday & Monday Closed

Drop-in Guided Tours
11:00 am, Fridays and Saturdays May-July, September-October

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Guided tours for groups of 10 or more available by appointment.

*Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the garden premises, with the exception of service animals. *

2018 Holiday Hours

  • Thanksgiving
    11/22-11/23 - CLOSED  
    11/24 - Open regular hours
  • Christmas
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    Adults $7
    Seniors (age 60+)
    KSU Student
    Children, ages 6-12
    (with family)
    Children, ages 5 and younger
    (with family)
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