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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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Georgia Gem of a Garden

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richard W
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 that might hinder those who are less mobile. A sculpture garden is eclectic and the... More 

Thank Richard W
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Acworth, Georgia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 really overgrown and there was a lot of empty space. The koi pond was a... More 

Thank Mycomagic
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 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
Kennesaw, Georgia
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic day to spend time at the Gardens! They have a great space for children that adults will enjoy also. A lot of work has been done to make your experience very relaxing , with the Gardens having been developed into a beautiful experience right in Kennesaw. I imagine that many have just driven past the gates on... More 

1 Thank Trisha T
Hoschton, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My husband and I visited on a cool pre-spring day. It sprinkled rain a little toward the end of our visit. The garden isn't real large. You park & pay at the main house and then drive to a parking area to walk the gardens. They have a nice children's area. Of course, it was too early for everything to... More 

Thank Norma W
Kennesaw, Georgia
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Reviewed 9 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.

Thank curlylekan
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9 reviews
Reviewed 2 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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Reviewed 10 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 

1 Thank Norma J
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 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 

2 Thank raineyg

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