Adult Programs

Tower Garden Workshop with Bret Bowlin


Aimed at teachers, but open to any interested enthusiast.

Let’s GROW a Garden in your Classroom!!!

… a garden with NO DIRT? NO WEEDS?? Really???

… Jump right into science with the aeroponic tower garden!

…Bring the concept farm to table into your class room

Now curriculum available to take full advantage of this learning tool!


Bret BowlinBret Bowlin operates ATL Urban Farms, located in Forsyth County, Georgia. Raised in the Atlanta area, he has worked in the horticulture industry for over 30 years.

In 2013,  established ATL Urban Farms to provide seedlings, workshops, tools, and resources for the Tower Garden, with the simple goal of helping Tower Gardeners in the better way to grow clean food and educate team members sharing the Tower Garden’s in their business.

He is now also working with Tim Blank of Future Growing, bringing the Tower Garden technology to commercial and urban farmers everywhere.

Bret has been active for many years in agribusiness, on the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council, and with local tech schools.

He and Cindy live on the farm in North Georgia, and are very proud of their children, Catherine and Sam, who are both college students.

Check out the use of a tower garden in a school in Boston:


WhereSmith-Gilbert Gardens, Carriage House / outside

WhenSaturday, September 19

10-11:15am ~ Beginner- Getting to know the Tower garden and how it can be an excellent learning tool for your class room

12Noon-1:15pm ~ Advanced- Now that I have a tower garden…
the hands-on follow-up (learn about harvesting, replanting…, hear from others using the Tower Garden in their classroom,… check out the Tower  in our edible garden.

*** Seasonal seedlings will be for sale during these workshops.


Cost: current educators are free; current SGG Members are free; other enthusiasts pay $10 for garden admission and workshop participation

Registration required!

Call 770-919-0248


to reserve your spot for this unique learning opportunity


What to expect:

–          Learn about the tower garden and it’s food growing power
–          Info on aeroponic system
–          Learn about the multiple facets as a learning tool for the classroom – extensive curriculum available for 6-7 grade! This can be adapted for other grades
–          What you can grow, when to harvest, replanting…
–          Comparison to traditional gardening
–          Hear about how teachers around the country are using the tower garden as part of the STEM program
–          And don’t forget to check out Smith-Gilbert Gardens as a field trip opportunity for your class!



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.)



*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.