Plant Sale & Expo

Annual Garden Tour

Gardeners’ Night Out

Lunch & Learn

Speakers Bureau

Thyme to Read Book Club

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Upcoming Events

Smith-Gilbert Gardens Tour Leader Training @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm


Smith-Gilbert Gardens seeks volunteers to join their Docent Training class of 2020. Docents are the outgoing volunteers who lead interactive tours of the gardens for all types of groups and casual garden visitors. Beyond leading tours, docents also help with environmental education programs like Garden Stories, Butterfly Ambassadors, Scout programs, guided bird walks and more. Docents are the key link between Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ mission to be a resource for education, the physical collections at the gardens, and garden visitors.

No prior gardening experience is required – trainees will learn all they need to know. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who enjoys learning and teaching others. Due to the garden’s hours and popular tour booking times, some weekday morning availability is required.
Training begins Monday, January 27 from 9:30 to noon, and continues on each following Monday through March 2. Trainees will learn the history of the Hiram Butler House and surrounding property, the plant and sculpture collections at the gardens, and everything else they need to know to lead a fun, informative tour at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Upon completion of training, new docents can start leading tours right away!

Anyone interested in joining the Docent Training class of 2020 should submit their New Volunteer Application online at Applicants will be required to submit to a background check and drug screen.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens houses more than 4,000 species of plants on 17 acres in Kennesaw, GA. United by woodland paths, the gardens consist of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination. These include the Bonsai Exhibit, Paladino Camellia Garden, Crevice Garden, Rose Garden, and American Conifer Society Reference Garden. The gardens are open Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 AM to 4 PM. For more information, please go to

Vegetable Gardening in the Home Landscape @ North Cobb Regional Library
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Whether planning a vegetable garden in a raised bed or pots, there are ways your family can enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden no matter what its size.

Gardeners’ Night Out: A Children’s Garden for Fun and Learning @ West Cobb Regional Library
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Children love to be outside and play in the dirt. With a child’s natural curiosity and endless energy what better way to spend time with kids than working and playing in the garden. Children can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time, while observing the cycle of life firsthand. Gardening gives children a chance to learn an important life skill, one that is overlooked in the classroom. Gardening is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature and emphasizing early on how important it is to be good stewards of the planet.

Master Gardener & UGA Extension Program Assistant Terri Carter will be the presenter.

Thyme to Read Book Club: The Overstory by Richard Powers @ Cobb County Water Lab Training Room
Feb 14 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

The Thyme to Read Book Club will be discussing The Overstory by Richard Powers

Facilitator: Cris Force

Book is available through the Cobb County Public Library System



Lunch & Learn: Honey Bees and Beekeeping @ Cobb County Water Lab Training Room
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Entomologist, apiculturist, and former Extension Agent Mickey Anderson will instruct us in beekeeping and show different types of equipment used by the beekeeper as well as different hive components. He will also talk about pollination, different castes, brood (young bee) development, comb building, guard duty, and foraging trips of bees. Lastly, he will discuss the importance of the variations in seasonal activities of honey bees.

Preparing for Spring Planting and Flowers! @ North Cobb Regional Library
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

No doubt, spring planting fills us with over-ambition and excitement! Learn how to identify the plants that best fit into your landscape and create a garden that provides color and texture all year long.

Gardeners’ Night Out: Container Gardening: Growing Flowers and Vegetables in Limited Space @ Mountain View Regional Library
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

No space?  No problem!  Join us as Master Gardener Susan Wing shares creative ways to grow both flowers and vegetables in containers.   Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, you won’t want to miss this presentation.   Susan will share new tips and ideas that will help anyone gain confidence and ensure success with container gardening.

Thyme to Read Book Club: Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World’s Greatest Scientific Expedition by Stephen R. Brown @ Cobb County Water Lab Training Room
Mar 13 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

The Thyme to Read Book Club will be discussing Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World’s Greatest Scientific Expedition by Stephen R. Brown

Facilitator: Carolyn Sqrow

Book is available through the Cobb County Public Library System





Lunch & Learn: A Passion for Propagation @ Cobb County Water Lab Training Room
Mar 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Sometimes we face the dilemma of buying or building a new home while selling the old home with its well-loved garden.  Since it’s not practical to dig up the entire yard, Master Gardener Kathy McLean developed a passion for propagating her favorite plants.  Come hear about this journey that resulted in many successes and some failures.


Container Gardening @ North Cobb Regional Library
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Container gardening in the home landscape allows for planting in areas that may not be conducive to growing plants. Understanding the requirements of planting in pots can provide beauty in those unexpected areas.