By Shon Cameron This month’s plant of choice heralds in spring. We are so used to seeing it in a garden or landscape, we could easily forget how special the flower really is; let’s give a round of applause for the harbinger of spring, Narcissus commonly known as the Daffodil. The Daffodil Society lists more than (1,600) sixteen-hundred cultivars in … Read More
By Doug Davis Q.: What do you get when you cross an acetylene torch and a happy man who is very reminiscent of Santa Claus? A: Ed Chrisman! Background: Ed, who played football with exceptional skill, found his calling in scrap metal decades ago. No, not as a recycler, but as an artist. Anyone with a creative bent, however, will understand … Read More
Gather ‘n’ Grow Grand Opening- Saturday, March 10th, 10 am-12 noon.
Finally! It is almost here–March, the month that our new ¼ acre Gather ‘n’ Grow Garden comes on-line to help inspire and educate people about growing food and how we are connected to our environment. You can check out the video of the construction of our newest addition but you really need to see it to appreciate it! Join us … Read More
Water on the Brain
By Dr. Robert Gilbert I spent the first five years of my life living outside the city limits of Dayton, Ohio, in my grandparents’ fishing cabin on the Stillwater River. Every one of my mother’s brothers and sisters lived there before us when first married. My mother, the youngest, was the last. Each successive sibling improved the small house. As … Read More
Staff “Pick”- Coffin Tree
By Shon Cameron, SGG Head Gardener On your next visit to the garden come view our Coffin Tree. It doesn’t have pretty flowers or a heavenly scent like some of our other trees. What is does have is a very fascinating history and has been used to make incredible works of art for centuries. Taiwania cryptomeriodes is the Latin name … Read More
Birds of SGG – Carolina Wren
It was another beautiful, sunny, winter day at SGG on Jan.5, 2012, as I looked for the bird of the month. I was walking on the conifer garden path nearest the entrance driveway. While the gardens have so many beautiful areas, I think I like the conifer section best. The symmetry of conifers makes me smile. The tall ones are … Read More
Calling All Docents!
Smith-Gilbert Gardens could not get along without the wonderful assistance of our trained Docents. Our Docents are the people that conduct the many guided tours of the Garden that we have during peak season.
Volunteers of Note – Sarah Mansfield & Graham Gold
Sarah Mansfield is one of our most dependable Docents, always willing to pitch in wherever assistance is needed. Her latest job is looking after the Hummingbird feeders. In addition, Sarah frequently works in the Hiram Butler House, helps with the Children’s Programs and conducts tours of the Garden. Sarah was born a Tennessee girl but came to Cobb County at … Read More
Birds of SGG
by Pat Pepper I do realize that choosing a crow for the bird of the month in a garden publication is risky. After all, that’s not a scarerobin propped up next to the fence around the SGG vegetable garden. When I decided to highlight one bird for this column, I had to choose a qualifying factor. I decided to cast … Read More
Volunteering at Smith-Gilbert
Nonprofit organizations could not exist without a good group of volunteers. Smith-Gilbert Garden is no different in its need for assistance. Volunteers are free to work any schedule they desire–one afternoon or morning a week, just one Saturday a month, or Sunday afternoons. If you can’t commit to a specific schedule we always need extra help for special events. The … Read More