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Smith Gilbert Gardens

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Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152
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+1 770-919-0248
09:00 - 04:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 04:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

With a variety of plantings, the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880) and 31...

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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Beautiful garden for a loved one or a few hours by oneself

I enjoyed going here in the fall even without much there. The garden is very nice to walk through. It reminded me much about the peacefulness and simplicity of life, stuff that a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2016
Kennesaw, Georgia
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I enjoyed going here in the fall even without much there. The garden is very nice to walk through. It reminded me much about the peacefulness and simplicity of life, stuff that a garden should do. I also like the Japanese Bonsi garden very much.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

It's been a while but my husband and I enjoyed it. The price was more than I expected for the experience but it was convenient and relaxing.

Thank lydian337
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Unique and you can get a guided tour if reserved in advance for 5 to 10 people....cost is only $10...otherwise, cheaper to get in and tour on your own....which anyone can do. Maps are provided and it is a small place. They also have a small gift shop and their membership fee allows you into other gardens throughout the USA... More 

Thank Norma J
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Spent a wonderful morning touring the gardens, a lot is packed into a small area. Butterfly house, children's play garden with a great luffa vine tunnel and a surprisingly large bonsai collection of forest trees. Nice conifer collection and woodland walk. Don't miss white mulberry tree glen. A great way to spend a few hours. $7.00 admission, $ 6 for... More 

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Loganville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Had a wonderful day at Smith Gilbert Garden in Kennesaw Georgia. We recently got interested in feeding and observing hummingbirds. Our local bird seed supplier tipped us off to a hummingbird banding demonstration that has held at this charming garden. After the demo we toured the grounds and butterfly enclosure. Later in the day we visited the Kinnesaw National Battleground... More 

Thank Kenneth W
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We attended the hummingbird banding again this year. The owl visit you can hold it for photos. This is a great educational visit for children. The butterfly exhibit is a must see. Don't forget to take a stroll in the gardens on the trails for some relaxing moments.

Thank Jim S
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

I'm not big on plants but my children thought it was great. There where lots of lovely flowers and the butterfly room was great. The staff was so nice and helpful.

Thank Lauren J
Smyrna, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Beautiful gardens which I found through a groupon deal. I especially enjoyed the Koi pond and the water area where you could just sit and relax. The best thing about the gardens is no crowds. When your finish touring the gardens go take a tour of the house.

1 Thank CresAnne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

I had the pleasure of bringing my 6 year old twin niece and nephew to the Smith Gilbert Gardens where they learned about nature from wonderful caring park personnel. The Gardens are beautifully cared for and feature lush and varied plant life, streams, and artwork along paths. This is a wonderful opportunity to leave the hustle of the everyday rat... More 

Thank ronstebenne
Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

This beautiful garden area was chosen by a young couple for their wedding ceremony. Easy access with plenty of parking. Indoor rooms available for getting ready for the ceremony and changing clothes after. Nice garden area for both the wedding ceremony and the reception. The gardens staff can arrange catering so you have one less item to worry about.

Thank Interop1D

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