Docent Training

January 28, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Anna Bell King


Smith-Gilbert Gardens seeks volunteers to join its team of docents. These highly-trained volunteers will lead interactive tours of the collections at the Gardens. Docents enhance the visitor experience through facilitating discussion and acting as a vital link between our plant and art collection and the visitor.

 Beginning Monday, January 28th, prospective docents will participate in a docent training course designed to prepare individuals to lead tours and assist with programs designed for children and adult groups. Classes will be conducted weekly at the Gardens, located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road in Kennesaw, from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm for five consecutive weeks. Docents will learn about the variety of plants, flowers, and sculptures in the 16 acre Gardens as well as the story of the property and its historic Hiram Butler House. In addition, they will become familiar with techniques for presenting educational programs to children.

Docents are called upon to lead or assist with groups touring the Gardens. Weekday morning availability is imperative for this position. Besides leading tours, docents can become involved in programs such as our Garden Ecology Homeschool Series, Garden Stories, and more!

This a great position for retired and future teachers, volunteers who enjoy working with children, and those who love to share their passions with others.

No background in horticulture, botany, or gardening is required. We will teach you all you need to know!

Docents are required to submit a formal application, available on the website, and must submit to a background check and drug screen.

For more information, please contact Anna Bell King at 770-919-0248 or via e-mail at

January 28: History
February 4: Garden Art
February 11: Horticulture, Garden Info and Tour w Lisa
February 18: Adult Garden Tour w Patsy
February 25: School Field Trip Tour w Bruce Hornbuckle
March 4: A special presentation: PERILS AND PITFALLS OF GARDENING by Bruce Gillett, MD, then Safety, Meet & Greet


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Garden Hours

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

Private 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. *

2019 Holiday Hours

  • July 4th

  • Thanksgiving
    11/28-11/29 - CLOSED  
    11/30 - Open regular hours
  • Christmas
  • Admission

    *Effective 3/1/19

    General Admission $10
    Seniors (age 65+) $8
    Military & University Student $5
    Youth ages 3-17 (with family) $5
    Children, ages 2 and younger (with family) Free
    SGG Members Free
    Group Tours Book a Tour

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    Kennesaw, Georgia 30152

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