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Release Date: 11.08.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Demonstrations, new exhibit to highlight 4th Annual Day of Bonsai at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Event to be held Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Under the skilled hands of a master craftsman, a large Podocarpus bonsai tree will gain a new history, one that illustrates a struggle with nature – and the insights to be gained from it – as part of the 4th Annual Day of Bonsai at the Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw on Nov. 11.

“Every bonsai tree tells a story,” said master horticulturalist Rodney Clemons. “I can see where it struggled, where it is going, and how I can help to bring out its story.”

The half-day event, beginning at 9 a.m., will debut the garden’s new bonsai educational exhibit and will feature arts and crafts projects for the whole family. Clemons, owner of Allgood Bonsai, will focus on demonstrating the technique of creating jin, limbs that create a highly-prized illusion of age.

 “Bonsai is a timeless art that appeals to all ages,” said Ann Parsons, executive director at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. “Our bonsai collection is one of the most important collections we have at the Gardens, ranked among the top 25 in the nation. We are looking forward to showcasing the collection in new ways as the Garden continues to grow.”

Guests will also be able to peruse a selection of trees, pots, tools, books and more for purchase, including stands created specifically for bonsai.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and military, $5 for children ages 6 – 12; children 5 and under are free with parent or grandparent. Garden members are admitted free.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30152, houses more than 3,000 species of plants on 16 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, largest crevice garden in Georgia (under renovation), Dale Gillett 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 www.smithgilbertgardens.com.

 

Contact Info

Contact Name: Anna Bell King

Company: Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Phone: (770) 919-0248

E-mail: aking@kennesaw-ga.gov