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Smith Gilbert Gardens

2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152
+1 770-919-0248
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Definitely a hidden gem!

As botanical gardens go this one is on the small side, but is a hidden gem that you won't want to... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
RamblingRoses
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
Educational and beautiful

Make sure you get there first part of September for the hummingbird banding. This is fun for the... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Jim S
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Atlanta, Georgia
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With a variety of plantings, the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880) and 31 sculptures, Smith-Gilbert Gardens has something for everyone. At the center of Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the historic Hiram Butler House, dating back over 150 years. The house was once owned by Mr. Butler, a Confederate railroad man, who worked the lines most of his life and was present during the "Great Locomotive Chase." In 1970, Mr. Richard Smith and Dr. Robert Gilbert bought the Hiram Butler House and surrounding acreage in Kennesaw, Georgia. Over the following 35 years, they realized their dream of developing the house and grounds, with an emphasis on unique plantings and thoughtfully positioned sculpture. Now open to the public, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is 16 acres of serene setting with over 3,000 species of plants, several rare in American gardens. United by woodland paths, the Gardens consist of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination. These include the Bonsai Exhibit, Palladino Camellia Garden, tea house and waterfall area, Rose Garden, and Conifer Display. Our Garden is a proud member of various horticultural groups including the American Conifer, American Daffodil, American Hosta and the Southeastern Camellia societies. We are also a designated wildlife habitat by the Atlanta Audubon Society. Both our Rose Garden and the Conifer Collection have received special recognition as places to visit by their respective societies.
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“rose garden” (10 reviews)
“plant life” (3 reviews)
“garden art” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

As botanical gardens go this one is on the small side, but is a hidden gem that you won't want to miss! If you like bonsai trees they have a very large collection of them. If you appreciate modern sculpture, you will find dozens located...More

Thank RamblingRoses
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Make sure you get there first part of September for the hummingbird banding. This is fun for the whole family. If your lucky you can release the hummingbird of from your hand. It is very educational. In the butterfly house you can grab a slice...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 13 September 2017

This is a large garden with many different plants and animals. There is also an fairly old house. The guides are very helpful.

Thank FamilymanDoug
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

This event lasted from 8-11 am. There were so many additional things to see! The butterfly house, bonsai garden, rose garden, wildlife trail… And for a $10 donation we had the opportunity to hold Fiona the owl! What a sweetheart. We must come back and...More

Thank Sandy H
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I went here for the second time in July of this year and I was disappointed. When I think of gardens I think of a large area that would be more unique flowers. It was nice to visit but I think they have a lot...More

Thank pransomjr
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the gardens & were amazed at the variety of plants, flowers, & trees! Great rose garden as well as a bonsai area that was awesome!! Well taken care of grounds, historical home & extremely pleasant staff made our visit quite nice!! A must...More

Thank Barry B
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a Georgia little gem of a garden set on 16 acres in Kennesaw with over 3,000 plant species. Its beautiful Bonsai garden has over 70 examples and is supported by an active Bonsai club. The property has rolling topography and foot paths...More

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

It needs more up keep. I think it's priced right for what it is. I was good spending a hour there. I wish there was more in bloom it's more plant based then flowers. The check in lady was very helpful.

Thank chassidyl2014
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is a lovely garden albeit a bit neglected. The bonsai garden is really interesting and has beautiful specimens which can captivate your attention. The pollinator gardens need a lot of work. Someone had been weeding there and left piles of debris, the mustards were...More

Thank Mycomagic
Reviewed 5 April 2017

If you are looking for a nice walk, photography fodder, or just a pretty day with a lot of interesting plant life, I highly recommend. The people who work there with the plants are also quite friendly.

Thank Veaya S
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