Bonsai Study Group
Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12 noon – 1 p.m.) Open to visitors; free, after paid garden admission
Rodney Clemons visits Smith-Gilbert Gardens on the 2nd Saturday of each month (some exceptions as noted on the events calendar) to oversee, evaluate, care for, and prune the Gardens’ bonsai collection. Along with a small group of well-trained and very experienced volunteers, Rodney provides expert care in all aspects of maintaining the collection.
Visitors are welcome to ask questions and talk with Rodney and the volunteers to learn more about this ancient art.
In addition to the Gardens’ bonsai collection, there are a number of bonsai for sale in the plant sale area.
If you’re interested in learning more about bonsai, please plan a visit on the 2nd Saturday.
(Please note: We request you do not bring your personal bonsai trees to the Gardens.)
Decorating for the Holidays
Bring a personal touch to your holiday decorations at a fraction of the cost of store-bought decor! Smith-Gilbert Gardens hosts its annual Decorating for the Holidays class on Saturday, December 2nd from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Students will learn how to construct a wreath using natural materials found in the garden and take their final creation home!
Pre-registration is required for this class. Space is limited
Cost (includes instruction, supplies and admission to the gardens for the day)
General Public $35
Garden Member $25
*Participants need to bring pruners and clippers
Become a Garden Docent
Get ready for Spring. We need enthusiastic guides to tour garden clubs, adult groups, preK groups, elementary students… on an exciting exploration of the gardens. A garden docent truly enriches a tour for visitors in many ways. All who are interested should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up for the free docent course starting January 23, 2017. During 5 consecutive Mondays (1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20) from 9:30am-Noon you will receive training providing you with the necessary info on horticulture, the history of the property, info about the outdoor sculpture and how to tour children through the gardens to confidently lead a tour around the gardens. All we ask in return is your commitment to lead tours this spring.
Mondays, 9:30am – Noon