Hey, Cobb: Now you can finally train to become a garden docent

Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw is looking for docents.
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Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw is looking for docents.

If you’ve ever stood in awe of garden tour guides, you might be able to join their elite ranks.

Kennesaw's Smith-Gilbert Gardens is offering a docent training course for those interested in volunteering.

“This is an excellent opportunity for retired teachers or anyone who loves people to spend quality time with bright-eyed children and adults hungry for information,” said Ann Parsons, executive director for the gardens, in a news release.

The course starts Oct. 2 and will run for five weeks at the garden, 2382 Pine Mountain Road. During that time, would-be docents will learn about plants, flowers and sculptures in the 16-acre garden along with history of the grounds.

“There is great reward in educating and opening eyes to the wonder and excitement only found in nature,” Parsons said.

But not just anyone can be a garden docent. Applicants will undergo a background check and drug screening.

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