Adult Programs

Bonsai Study Group

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.)

Beekeeping 101


IMG_7705This multi module program strives to introduce the enthusiast to beekeeping and to support participants along the way for the first year. By next spring you could have your own hive and bees buzzing around your garden – the sure sign of a healthy garden !The course is split up into two modules:
Becoming a beekeeper and running your own hive will require you to take module I+II.




Module I :
For all who is interested in understanding bees and their role in nature, learning to understand bee behavior and what it takes to become a beekeeper…

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 9am-12Noon: History of Beekeeping

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 9am-12Noon : The Wonderful World of Bees
Bee biology & behavior, feeding, potential problems​

Participation in module I : $90/ person
Note: there is no need for beekeeping gear or hive materials for this module.

Module II: 
practical beekeeping (*)
The hands-on part to keeping bees, learn and do as you become a beekeeper. This module covers hive construction, care and safety around the hive, best practices to robbing and extracting honey, inspecting hive for Varroa mites and preparing the hive for the winter months. All aspects of keeping healthy bees will be covered during the course.

Saturday, April 1 – 9am-12Noon: Building your hive(**).  

Saturday, May 6 – 9am-12Noon: Hive safety and inspecting the hive.

Saturday, June 17 – 9am-12Noon: Robbing the hive and extracting honey.  

Saturday, Aug 19 – 9am-11am: Winterizing the hive.

Participation in module II : $180/person
(*) Note: This module requires participants to acquire beekeeping gear to participate and work the hives. Estimated expense : – Protective equipment (gloves and hat with netting) $50
(**) Participants will need to acquire hive materials (detailed info during module I). Estimated expenses: – 8 or 10 frame hive $265 – Nucs $160 each (A nuc, or nucleus, consists of 3 or 5 frames of bees, workers, brood in all stages, a queen, and honey stores). – Medications: $10 – First season’s feed: $20

Course fees
936583_1133584179999309_8463355645085666660_nModule I: $90/person
Module II : $180/person (*) does not include beekeeping gear and hive materials
preregistration for Module I+II: $250/person (*) does not include beekeeping gear and hive materials

Smith-Gilbert Gardens Members receive a 10% discount
Please note! Additional expenses for protective equipment, hives, frames, and nucs are not included in the course fee. 

Take advantage of early registration!

Beekeeping Instructor: Daphney Glass

DaphneyEncouraged by a friend to take the class at Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Daphney was quickly captivated by the art and science of beekeeping and wanted to learn everything she could. Daphney is a Certified Beekeeper, owns and tends multiple hives and continues training to expand her knowledge. She is greatly appreciated by her students and keeps in touch as they get into the second and third years of beekeeping.


Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association
Coweta Beekeepers Association
Paulding County Beekeepers

Experienced in bee removals from structures.

Training experiences:

Smith Gilbert Gardens Beekeeping 101 (December 2013-2014)
Certified Beekeeper UGA Program Through MABA (2014)
Georgia Beekeepers Association Conference (2014 & 2015)
Eastern Apicultural Society Conference (2015)
American Beekeeping Federation Conference (January 2016)
Young Harris Beekeeping Institution (2015 & 2016)
Heartland Apicultural Society Conference (July 2016)


What former beekeeping students are saying:

“I took the beekeeping class with Ms. Glass a little over a year ago. My appreciation for the honey bee has drastically increased and continues with each visit to our hive. My 11 year old son has overcome his fear of bees and has now taken an active role in the health and care of our hive. He has used the knowledge he has gained in school as well as earning his merit badge in scouts. 

Ms. Glass is a wealth of information and continues to support her past students in every way from a quick email to assistance at her home with honey extraction. 

Anyone that has any interest in honeybees should give serious thought to taking a glass with Ms. Glass. It would not be time wasted and you would leave with a desire to continue your education.”

~ Bill White

“If you love honey, as I love honey, it is fascinating to learn about these creatures, the bees, from Daphney. Her knowledge is incredible and her presentation keeps you wanting to learn more. She is witty and entertaining in her presentation and takes the time to answer any questions. Her passion and care for the bees shows each time she works the hives. I enjoy helping every time she asks. When someone loves what they do, it shows and she certainly loves her bees.”
~ Your honey loving sister, Selena

“Bee keeping is a fascinating hobby and you need a good instructor to introduce you to this growing, exciting hobby. … Daphney’s classes are laid back, informative and hands on. She took the time to explain and answer classroom questions, made her classes fun and interesting and got us off to a good, confident start. I have called her several times since the class with beginner questions and she always responds with patience and sometimes amusement and even drove to my house to do a hive inspection. She loves her bees and it shows in her enthusiasm and knowledge. If you are curious about bee keeping, please arrange to take one of her courses. You won’t bee sorry.”
~ Ward Mitchell
Amateur beekeeper


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 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 – NoonSONY DSC



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    11/23-11/24 - CLOSED  
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