As Part of our mission to educate, we offer informational programs for everyone from beginning “green thumbs” to master gardeners, including children and adults.



Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12 noon – 1 p.m.) Open to all visitors; included with 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.

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.)


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 which is postponed until further notice.

During 6 consecutive Mondays 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 collection 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. Due to safety precautions this program will be limiting the number of participants accepted this year. 


We are always planning new ways to offer memorable learning experiences while following the current and evolving state and CDC guidelines. Information on our new spring programs such as Wednesday Wonders, virtual field trips, SGG Kids and Nature & Art workshops are available throughout the school year. Visit our family programs page to register!

Please contact Education Coordinator, Nina Baldwin, for all youth programming inquiries at as each field trip will have different needs.