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

Welcome to our newest Staff member – Carrie Camden

While she holds the official title of Receptionist, our newest employee Carrie Camden is really a “Jane of All Trades”. She spent most of her career in higher education at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia. Carrie comes to us as a recent transplant from Statesboro, Georgia where she was the Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Human Resources Director and … Read More

Staff’s “Pick”

by Shon D. Cameron, SGG Gardener As one of the newest staff members here at the Gardens, I had the privilege of picking a plant for this section of the newsletter. My choice, Ilex cornuta D’Or, commonly known as the D’Or Holly,  is part of the Aquifoliacae family and related to the ‘Burfordii’ holly.  It has blocky oval, shiny dark … Read More

Volunteers Ate, Drank and Were Merry!

By Susan Schroeder, SGG Director of Operations I’m embarrassed to say I was having so much fun at Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ volunteer appreciation dinner that I FORGOT to take any photos! Around 75 volunteers, staff and City Council members filled the Hiram Butler House.  The always delightful Jim Parks arranged a warm welcome by lining the driveway with luminaries.  The extraordinarily … Read More

Gather ‘n’ Grow With The Veggie Plot Series

Inside the new Gather ‘n Grow Garden, four foot square raised beds called Veggie Plots will be the key to an educational program for families and individuals to learn sustainable and responsible vegetable gardening. Program fees ($150) will include your Veggie Plot, participation for your family in a series of 10 educational classes, and access to the Gardens during regular business … Read More

Volunteer of the Month – Jim McHatton

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep him from his appointed rounds. No, we are not referring to the postman, but of Jim McHatton, our stalwart parking guru. Ever wonder who that guy in the back parking lot wearing a long sleeved neon yellow shirt and hat is waving his arms? That’s Jim! He had … Read More

The Birds of SGG

by Pat Pepper This is my first column for the Smith-Gilbert Gardens newsletter. Over the summer I really enjoyed getting to meet many of you who came to my Backyard Birding workshop held on the porch of the Hiram Butler House and out in the gardens. As many of you know, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is an Audubon Wild Bird Sanctuary because … Read More