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Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152
Phone Number: 17709190248
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: 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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Peaceful Afternoon Stop

We stopped here after looking for somewhere to spend a few hours while we were in the area. It is a lovely grounds with many walking paths and places to sit and enjoy the various... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We stopped here after looking for somewhere to spend a few hours while we were in the area. It is a lovely grounds with many walking paths and places to sit and enjoy the various gardens. It was a bit hot on a sunny July afternoon, though, so be sure to have a hat and some water if you visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Attended a memorial service for a friend who was a life long gardener. It was a gorgeous spring day and the gardens were in full bloom. The service was in a smallish building that opened into the gardens. As we were leaving the staff was setting up for an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. It's a very pretty spot for... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

On our return trip home from Florida, we decided to visit the Smith Gilbert Gardens. Finding the entrance is a little difficult, the enter road is very small and not marked very well. However reviewing the Gardens was very interesting with pretty flowers and a variety of sculptors. Also touring the building was also interesting. We could picture this site... More 

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Very nice gardens. Well landscaped and surprisingly large in an area that is surrounded by subdivisions. Lots of beautiful flowers esp in early spring.

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Atlanta,GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We live very close to the Gardens, and didn't even know they were there. A friend invited me to check it out. I was so thrilled with this beautiful place. They have different classes you can take as well. It's much bigger than it appears from the road, and it's very well taken care of. Great place to take a... More 

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Muncie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The house and gardens are lovely; with a Groupon, the price is very reasonable. The staff was welcoming and the grounds are a nice blend of sculpture, flora and fauna. The bonsai are simply amazing; they alone are worth the trip. A wonderful place to spend time walking in nature.

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Saraland, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Gorgeous spot for my nephew and his new bride's outdoor (May) wedding reception. Held in their rose garden, it was beautifully appointed, and catered to perfection by a very friendly and professional staff. Highly recommend Smith Gilbert Gardens for a wedding reception venue!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We visited for the first time for an Easter Egg hunt and WILL be back! The grounds were exquisite, and the flowers were only just beginning to bloom. I'm certain that as things began to bloom it would be even more beautiful. I also loved the kids garden. When my son is a bit older, we intend to enroll him... More 

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Nice small local gardens. Timing of course with blooms is important, and when lots of photo ops. Nice Water features to take pictures by. Historical home on property is cool to walk around if you like old homes.

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Franklin, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had a wonderful tour, led by Dr. Gilbert who developed the gardens and lived in the house for many years. There were many different plants in bloom. Dr. Gilbert shared with us the development of the gardens and talked about the various sculptures on display. Dr Gilbert also explained how they renovated the house. This place is a real... More 

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Additional Information about Smith Gilbert Gardens

Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152
Phone Number: 17709190248
Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Kennesaw
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 am

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