An exotic dancer in the garden — Zenobia

by Dr. Robert Gilbert For my garden in Kennesaw, Ga., now called Smith-Gilbert Gardens, I was always on the prowl for the new and unusual. That was possible because I had plenty of room for plant experiments. In 1981 I ordered from the Gossler catalog something I had never seen before, because it sounded exotic, Zenobia (ze-noh-bee-ah) pulverulenta (pul-ver-u-len-ta). Its … Read More

Volunteer of the Month- Casey Musselman

Our Volunteer of the month for July is the guy with the big smile, Casey Musselman. Casey is a Volunteer of many talents. He works in the Hiram Butler House, out in the Garden and also is a Tour Docent.  Casey is always willing to help out with any task that comes up, be it taking admissions, selling memberships, pulling … Read More

Kid’s Garden Plot Series Continues

Are your kids learning anything this summer? These kids are! They came for our “Putting Seeds to Bed” program and learned all about starting plants from seeds, rootings and cuttings by visiting the Greenhouse.  They created planters from recycled paper tubes and egg cartons and got squash, beans and sunflowers seeds to start their own gardens. Then they planted some … Read More

Garden Gallop Wrap-Up

As dawn broke on the morning of June 18th, 55 stalwart volunteers from all over Cobb County gathered in downtown Kennesaw to set up registration tables, water stations, sponsor booths and sound equipment in preparation of the inaugural Garden Gallop 5K Race. Slowly runners trickled in to pick up their numbered race bibs and began their warm-up stretching. The buzz … Read More

Portrait of the gardens founders installed

Family and friends gathered on June 21 in the library at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw to unveila portrait of SGG’s founders Richard L. Smith and Dr. Robert Gilbert. Dr. Gilbert commissioned the portrait created by artist Camille Barton of Franklin, NC, as a permanent remembrance of Richard Smithwho died in 2002. The portrait was revealed in a ceremony attended by … Read More

Smith-Gilbert Gardens – Past, Present, and Future

Excerpts from The Dibbler by Jan Dahling with contributions from Dr. Robert Gilbert, Jack Driskell, Patti Locke, Cheryle Kerr, Courtney Vanderbilt, Doris and Don Meadows, and the City of Kennesaw The location known as Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw has a rich history.  But this is no ordinary botanical garden…it is a unique, lifetime collection in a historical location…a garden vision … Read More

The other dogwood: An underappreciated native

By Dr. Bob Gilbert We are so used to seeing our native Dogwood Cornus florida in the spring we tend to not recognize other native Dogwoods such as Cornus alternifolia (al-ter-ni-foli-a). There are two types of Dogwood blooms. Cornus florida has white petals more accurately called bracts with the true small yellow flowers in the middle. The other bloom type … Read More

Volunteer of the Month – Suzanne Boesl

Suzanne Boesl developed a love of gardening from her father, who always had a huge vegetable garden and lovingly tended his 5 acre property. Gardening was a source of pride and a way to relieve stress for him. Gardening has become a passion for her. She has transformed her back yard into a perennial garden and is currently working to … Read More

Volunteer of the Month – Dr. Bruce Gillett

There is so much to say about the leader of the Rose Warriors, Dr. Bruce Gillett.  A retired neurologist and Master Gardener, he has put his knowledge, elbow grease and affection into making our Rose Garden picture perfect all bloomin’ season. This month the roses are spectacularly gorgeous as a result of his group’s careful care. (And just in time … Read More