Adult Programs



Bonsai Study Group

Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney ClemonsBonsai-Study-Group-009-225x300
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 events 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.)

Beekeeping 101

20150717_110212 bees _ queenThis 7-course program taught over a 9-month period provides a comprehensive approach to beekeeping.

Course topics include: the history of beekeeping, hive construction, care of the hive, and harvesting of honey. Participants will learn how to identify the most common problems impacting hive health, how to prepare bees for winter months, and the best ways to extract honey. All aspects of keeping healthy bees will be covered during the course.
In addition to the course instruction, participants may construct their own hives and stock with nucs (queen and bees). By next spring you could have your own hive and bees buzzing around your garden – the sure sign of a healthy garden!

Instructor: Daphney Glass

2016 Calendar – Saturdays 9am-12Noon20150502_111928

January 30* (new date – class postponed due to inclement weather of  1/23)- Defining class goals, expectations; order equipment And History of bees/beekeeping
February 20 – Bee biology & behavior, feeding, potential problems
March 19 – No Class – Unless needed as make-up class for 2/20
April 16 – Hive Construction
May 21 – Working hives (protection required)
June 18 – Working hives (protection required)
July – No class
August 20 – Extracting honey
September 17 – Winterizing the hive

Course fee: $225 (when registering before Jan. 8th, 2016) – Garden Members receive a 10% discount
Please note! Additional expenses for protective equipment, hives, frames, and nucs are not included in the course fee. Estimated expenses: – Protective equipment (gloves and hat with netting) $50 – 8 or 10 frame hive $265 – Nucs $160 each A nuc , or nucleus, consists of 3 or 5 frames of bees, workers, brood in all stages, a queen, and honey stores. – Medications: $10 – First season’s feed: $20

To register, contact the Garden Office at 770-919-0248 or register online.

Beekeeping 2016 flyer







*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.