Birds of SGG: Hummingbirds

On Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, SGG will once again host its most popular public event, Hummingbird Banding. Most people are fascinated by Hummingbirds because they are beautiful and are astounding aerial acrobats. I was telling my mother in Florida about this event when she interjected, “How in the world can you band those tiny little legs?” Banding is definitely a … Read More

Pollination In Georgia

Submitted by John Dolan, Smith-Gilbert Gardens Volunteer Beautiful, Messy Spring During the March/April time frame in Atlanta, the “yellow stuff” that accumulates on our cars in the Smith Gilbert parking lots, and makes most of us Atlantans have runny noses and watery eyes is pollen that is falling from lots of different specie of trees and shrubs, but mainly from … Read More

Dogwoods in BLOOM at Smith Gilbert Gardens

  Flowering dogwoods are some of the most widely planted ornamental trees in Georgia. They are a Georgia native tree and can be found growing throughout the state. AND NO, they are not the officially designated State Tree (the Southern Live Oak is the official tree for the Peach State). Dogwoods are not difficult trees to grow, but success does … Read More

Great Backyard Bird Count Results

Smith-Gilbert Gardens hosted a Great Backyard Bird Count event on Saturday, February 17th and boy was it a success! Our citizen scientists recorded over 34 species throughout the day (see complete list below).  Visitors were encouraged to grab a pair of binoculars and identification sheet and see what they could spot in the Garden We were so excited to have … Read More

The Great Backyard Bird Count 2018

Photo courtesy of Audubon Society Written by SGG Volunteer birder Pat Pepper The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held over a four-day period in February, Friday through Monday, Feb. 16, 17, 18, 19. This count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Smith-Gilbert Gardens will host its GBBC on Saturday, … Read More

Smith-Gilbert Gardens “ROCKS”

Smith-Gilbert Gardens (SGG) has recently opened up a new and exciting area within its’ 16 acres of natural botanical beauty hidden off Pine Mountain Road in Kennesaw. According to the Marietta Daily Journal, this new permanent exhibit is being funded with grants from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and American Conifer Society and completed by volunteers contributing more than 400 … Read More

Happy National Bird Day

Did you know January 5th is National Bird Day? We love our bird residents here at SGG and especially love any reason to celebrate them! You can help conserve these amazing creatures by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count February 16-19. In fact, visit SGG on Saturday, Feb 17th and we’ll help do the counting for you! You’ll have … Read More

Christmas Tree Trivia

CHRISTMAS TREE TRIVIA Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850. In 1979, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted except for the top ornament. This was done in honor of the American hostages in Iran.   The tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of … Read More

The Conifers of Smith-Gilbert Gardens…

Written by SGG Volunteer John Dolan, Ph.D Smith-Gilbert Gardens (SGG) offers the visitor a large variety of conifers with many different wonderful species for all to see and enjoy. The SGG is home to 230 conifers representing 26 genera. One of twelve American Conifer Society member gardens in the southeastern U.S., and designated an ACS Reference Garden, the Conifer Garden … Read More

2017 Fall Migration

Written by SGG Volunteer Birder Pat Pepper I have written many blogs about the wonderful birds you can see in Georgia only during migrations, such as Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, and beautiful neo-tropical warblers. This blog, however, is not about a few eye-catching migrants, but about the wonderment of seeing even very common birds migrating in large numbers. Several weeks … Read More