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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

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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Nature and Art working together to create a beautiful garden

This botanical garden originated as a private garden. The owners began collecting plants and artwork back in 1970. The garden grew into the masterpiece it is today. I believe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This botanical garden originated as a private garden. The owners began collecting plants and artwork back in 1970. The garden grew into the masterpiece it is today. I believe the garden is now owned by the city of Kennesaw, Georgia. Much is packed into its 16 acres. Highlights for us were the rose garden, the bonsai collection, and the ruby... More 

Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Map was not very well planned but scenery was nice. You could bring your dog which was a plus as well.

Thank Stephanie M
Acworth, Georgia
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful little jewel of historical gardens tucked into the Kennesaw community. What a pleasant surprise. Interesting and lovely walk regardless of the season.

Thank YaSharon1
Kennesaw, Georgia
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I took My Mom here for her Bday Bc I had seen something on the Georgia Travelers Channel Talking about how nice this place was. Unfortunately We were so DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!! I so Wasted my Money. There was nothing to see but trees no plants no flowers just regular trees. I would have done better taking my Mom to the Swift... More 

Thank AKiyia
Acworth, Georgia
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I enjoyed the class I took there and the visits, but thought it was a little over priced for what was there. I am sure it will improve over time.

Thank svmpa98
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Great place to visit in the spring with all the flowers and specialty gardens. Have been here several times as an indiviual and an event.

Thank Robert S
Marietta, Georgia
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We had a wonderful visit to the Smith Gilbert Gardens. Very reasonable charge to view this quiet place in Kennesaw. Not much in bloom, but the roses were beautiful. We will certainly come back for another tour when more is in bloom. The evergreens were everywhere. The children's garden was very cute and interesting. And the Bonsai garden was very... More 

Thank Margaret B
Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a great place for families and couples. Lots of hummingbirds to watch, bountiful foliage, rose gardens and creeks are sure to keep everyone interested. They offer many activities throughout the year.

Thank Alextazi
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I attended the Hummingbird Event. Hummingbirds are caught and banded by authorized individuals. These tiny creatures are enchanting. I took the entire trail and discovered unique and enjoyable garden art, sculptures and water features. I didn't pay to hold a barned owl but was happy to listen to the naturalist and watch the owl. It is located just north of... More 

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LeslieKilpatrick, Visitor Services Coordinator at Smith Gilbert Gardens, responded to this review

We are so glad that you were able to attend our Hummingbird Banding and enjoyed yourself! The gardens are quite a unique find and we are glad you found us. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

This is the best place because we were so fortunate to get married here in front of family and friends fours years ago. If you ever get a chance to check out the garden, make sure go through their Nursery area.

Thank KenworthMoose

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