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Smith Gilbert Gardens

2382 Pine Mountain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152-4127
+1 770-919-0248
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So much potential

First let me say that while I am not a gardener but that I enjoy visiting gardens and that I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
journalmytrips
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georgia
Rare Find, Year Round Interest

Such a unique and peaceful place, something for everyone. Great afternoon option for out of town... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
bdh189
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Kennesaw, 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2382 Pine Mountain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152-4127
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First let me say that while I am not a gardener but that I enjoy visiting gardens and that I appreciate the labor that goes into maintaining a garden. I have visited 25 to 30 gardens and have done reviews on several of them. This...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Such a unique and peaceful place, something for everyone. Great afternoon option for out of town family/visitors year round. Sculpture, interesting architecture (Butler house built 1882) and unique 15 acre garden with gravel paths and water feature. Always enjoy the native azaleas, roses, camellias, pitcher...More

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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

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Reviewed 24 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

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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.

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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
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Reviewed 11 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
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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
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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
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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
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