Bonsai Study Group
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


outdoor bonsai display at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Photo courtesy Debbie Wolfe

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.

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.)

Rose Garden Gala @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tickets for this event are VERY LIMITED. Please e-mail us at for ticket availability and purchase. 

Garden Stories @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
May 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Garden Stories

Pre-registration required

Children aged 2 to 6 years old and their caregiver will enjoy a story on a garden-related topic. Along with story time, accompanying activities will vary monthly and may include related arts, crafts, dance or organized play. Participation in Garden Stories gives you admission to the Gardens for the entire day.


SGG Member Child: $5 ($6 after Wednesday before program date)

Non-Member Child: $7 ($8 after Wednesday before program date)

Adults pay regular admission;

additional participating children are $5 each ($6 after Wednesday before program date)

Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Ticket price will increase for registrations made after the Wednesday before the program date. Children under 2 will not be charged for this program. Groupons and other promotional discounts may not be used for Garden Stories participants or accompanying adults and children.

Make-and-Take Hypertufa Planter Class @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Hypertufa is a versatile, human-made, lightweight, stone-like material that is useful for innumerable garden projects, like planters, birdbaths, sculptures and more. Master Gardener and hypertufa craftsman Lee Culver will teach you the recipe and techniques you can use to mix and form your own creations. Make your first hypertufa creation with us! Class materials and handouts are included.

Member price $35, or $30 each if you bring a friend.

Non-members $45, or $40 each if you bring a friend.

Guided Bird Walk @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
May 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

A haven for wild birds

In addition to the dozens of bird species residing on the property year-round, Smith-Gilbert Gardens lies on a major flyway for migratory birds. Each spring and again in fall, more than 100 bird species pass through and over the property on their journey between summer breeding territory up north and overwintering grounds down south. Our expert birding guides have spent years learning to identify birds by sight and sound, and have a passion for wild bird conservation.

Watch with us!

Come enjoy watching birds with us! You’ll learn keys to bird identification, where you can look for wild birds in your neighborhood, how to make your own backyard a habitat for wild birds, and more. This monthly meetup is included with garden admission.

CHEERS TO 10 YEARS! and live auctions...Save the date and buy your tickets to the Rose Garden Gala now. Proceeds support the collections and education programs of Smith-Gilbert Gardens.