Adult Programs

Classes include admission to the Gardens. A late registration fee of $5 will be added per person when registering after Monday Noon (12pm) before following Saturday’s program.

Home-made Holiday Gifts in a jar Register Now

Saturday, November 1, 2014 – 10am-12pm

Plan something personal and quite sweet to hand out this Holiday season. Get a head start by taking this class. Cindee Sweda, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent will share some excellent advice in how to make yummy home-made gifts in a jar based on apples and peaches.

Participation fee: $15 SGG Members – $20 Non-member

A late registration fee of $5 applies after 10/27

November 1, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Japanese Maple Tree Walk Register Now

Saturday, November 1 or 8, 2014 – 10am-Noon20121109-DSC08499

Join Flo Chaffin for this informative walk through the Gardens highlighting our extensive Japanese Maple collection. You’ll learn best practices for showcasing these wonderful trees in your landscape, plus discover some unusual and outstanding trees that thrive in our area.

Flo Chaffin is the owner of Specialty Ornamentals in Watkinsville, Georgia. This 2-acre nursery features plants considered rare and hard to find, including over 30 species and cultivars of hydrangeas, more than 100 cultivars of conifers, and over 125 cultivars of Japanese Maples.

Note: Flo will have a selection of Japanese Maples from her nursery available for sale.

Participation fee: $8 SGG Members – $15 Non-member

A late registration fee of $5 applies after 10/27


November 1, 2014
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
SGG- member$8.00

Bonsai Study Group Register Now

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Bonsai Study Group
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 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.
In addition to the Gardens’ bonsai collection, there are a number of bonsai for sale in the plant sale area.

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.)

November 15, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
December 13, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Decorating for the Holidays Register Now

Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 10am-Noon


Love the specific fresh smell of evergreens, pine, spruce? Bring a little piece of Smith-Gilbert Gardens indoors. Get creative with a wide range of fresh cut evergreens from the Gardens and create a wreath or piece to take home and enjoy during the Holidays.

Participation fee: $25 SGG Members – $35 Non-member

(includes instruction and supplies).

Registration is required.

Please bring a pair of pruners.


December 13, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

*Cancellation Policy: Cancellations 5 or more business days prior to the program start date : refund less a processing fee of $5.  Cancellations 1 to 4 business days prior to the program start date: no refund. Programs canceled by Smith-Gilbert Gardens for any reason are fully refunded.