Pop Up Fundraiser at Marietta Wine Market @ Marietta Wine Market
Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Citizen Science Homeschool Series: Project Budburst @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Mar 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Phenology is the study of the timing of the biological events in plants and animals such as flowering, leafing, hibernation, reproduction, and migration. Scientists who study phenology are interested in the timing of such biological events in relation to changes in season and climate. In this session, you’ll learn all about plant phenology through Project Budburst


The Citizen Science Homeschool Series for 2018-19 is open to students in grades K-5. Every month, students will learn about a different citizen science project, the issues surrounding the project and how they can get involved. In addition to learning about current issues in science, students will learn and practice observation, recording and communication skills.


Citizen Science Homeschool Series

2018-19 Schedule

September 20, 2018    Bumble Bee Watch               

October 18, 2018         The Great Sunflower Project 

November 15, 2018     What’s In Your Backyard      

December 20, 2018     NASA Globe Observer          

January 17, 2019          I See Change                           

February 21, 2019        Project FeederWatch            

March 21, 2019            Project BudBurst                  

April 18, 2019              Georgia Adopt-A-Stream       

Preregistration in advance of each program is required, so that we can ensure adequate staffing and program materials.


To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application and a garden representative will contact you. 


Garden Members                                                                            General Public

Parent                                  Free                                                       Parent                                  $10.00

First Student                      $10.00                                                   First Student                      $15.00

Additional Students        $8.00                                                     Additional Students        $13.00

Children 2 and younger  Free                                                       Children 2 and younger    Free


Admission to this program gives you access to the gardens all day…great for a picnic lunch and independent study! Adults who are Members of Smith-Gilbert Gardens receive free admission. For further details or to register, email or call Smith-Gilbert Gardens at (770) 919-0248.

Pre-registration is required. Please register online: Homeschool Series

Girl Scout Badge Day @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bonsai Study Group
Apr 13 @ 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.)

Spring Plant Sale @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Smith-Gilbert Gardens hosts its Spring Plant Sale on April 13th from 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Find the perfect plant for your own landscape and garden! The Spring Plant Sale will be staffed with knowledgeable horticulturists to answer questions and give garden advice.

**Please note, some plants will be subject to limited quantities per person

MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Early access to Plant Sale at 8:00 AM on Saturday. MUST PRESENT MEMBERSHIP CARD TO PURCHASE PLANTS DURING THESE TIMES! Split payments will not be permitted.

Ticket prices are $10/adult, $8/seniors, $5 for children 3-17, and children 2 and under are free. Members enjoy free admission.

The Spring Plant Sale is a rain or shine event. Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. Visit or call 770-919-0248 for complete details. Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road in Kennesaw.

Choose from a diverse selection of native species and unusual varieties of plants including:

  • Dogwoods
  • Redbuds
  • Magnolias
  • Ginkos
  • Japanese Maples
  • Ivy Leaf Maples
  • False Cypresses
  • Native Azaleas
  • Camellias
  • Hydrangeas
  • PLUS lots of flowering perennials and annuals to diversify your backyard pollinator habitat!