Casey Musselman

Casey Musselman

Smith-Gilbert Gardens depends upon the gracious support of the community. Dedicated volunteers from the area help maintain this sanctuary for future generations.

Casey Musselman, a Smith-Gilbert Gardens volunteer who recently moved out of state said the following, “Volunteering at SGG is a chance to learn, work, contribute, exercise, socialize, and improve one’s attitude. Being an SGG volunteer means surrounding one’s self with the natural beauty of the gardens, as well as working with people who display the best facets of human nature. Every SGG volunteer contributes their knowledge to help others, their work to help the garden, and their love of gardening to bring joy to the visitors. From the most knowledgeable gardener who has decades of experience, to the novice who struggles with identifying weeds, everyone does their best and contributes what they can. When I look back, I see myself at my best when I was at the garden. An SGG volunteer will find themself part of an organization that values its volunteers as much as it values its gardens. It is a classic example of giving a little time and effort to receive a bountiful amount of peace, joy, and satisfaction.”

Gardening Volunteers are needed on Mondays when the Gardens are closed to the public to maintain the Gather ‘n’ Grow, Rose, and General Gardens. All experience levels are welcome! Come share your expertise or learn with the best. Tour Docents and House Docents to help in the office and Gift Shop are needed every other day of the week to assist us. Our Bonsai Study Group meets on the second Saturday of each month to moniter the bonsai collection.

All Volunteers must submit an application and participate in a Volunteer Training.

Become a tour guide at Smith-Gilbert Gardens!

Are you a former educator who would like to stay connected with children, or do you just like working with little ones, this time in a gorgeous garden setting? You can share your knowledge and passion for plants, flowers, gardening, the outdoors, history and art here at Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

Beginning on Thursday, January 30, 2014 we will hold a five week course designed to prepare you to lead tours and assist with presenting programs designed for children from kindergartener up to 4th grade. These programs will be designed to meet the common core standards of the school system.

The once a week two hour classes will include information about our garden sculpture, plant identification ,the history of the Hiram Butler house , as well as classes focusing specifically on children’s programs designed by our Education Coordinator, Stefanie Haerynck.

As a reward for your volunteer efforts, Jim Parks, Volunteer Coordinator, also regularly schedules field trips to other gardens and interesting locations. Volunteer social events include a summer potluck lunch and a Volunteer Christmas party.

If you are more interested in giving tours for grown-ups, adult docent training classes begin Tuesday, March 18th.  For more information about either session, please call Jim Parks or Stefanie Haerynck at 770-919-0248 or e-mail or  Registration is required. You can register online at

Smith-Gilbert Gardens conducts classes for anyone interested in learning to lead tours of the Garden or give tours of the historic Hiram Butler House (ca 1881).  Classes include plant identification, history of the Hiram Butler house and information about our 30 pieces of Garden Sculpture. Trained volunteers also assist with greeting guests and helping in the gift shop.  The only requirement for being an SGG docent is enthusiasm! At the conclusion of the sessions, you will be fully prepared to take groups on guided tours through the Gardens. Come and join a great group of volunteers and participate in the many activities we have at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. We look forward to having you join us.

Thanks to our sponsors!