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“Surprises in small ways” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Smith Gilbert Gardens

Smith Gilbert Gardens
2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152
770-919-0248
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Ranked #4 of 15 Attractions in Kennesaw
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Atlanta, GA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Surprises in small ways”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Smith Gilbert Gardens surprise in small ways. It is not showy in the way that the Atlanta Botanical Garden is with its HUGE planting and maintenance budget. In October some late-season roses were impressive with their vibrant colors and wonderful scents and delicate camellias were blooming. It is peaceful, but the nearby airport interrupts that peace rather frequently with small aircraft buzzing overhead. I wish one could view the bonsai without peering through a security fence. I was there in October and wished to see just a few chrysanthemums or a display of pumpkins and gourds. It's good, it's just not great.

Visited October 2012
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Bogota, Colombia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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“Makes a change from shopping malls and chain restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

The gardens make for a pleasant hour's stroll. Interesting for young or old, and makes a change from shopping or eating in chain restaurants, which seems the main pastime for the area.

Visited July 2012
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Acworth, Georgia
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“A Nice Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

We live close to the gardens and attended the Rose Garden Gala which was fabulous. The speaker, Vince Dooley, was a pleasure and the auction (both silent and live) were a lot of fun! Gardens were beautiful and neat events and classes.

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Atlanta
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“A Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

What a great little surprise! I have lived 2 miles from the gardens for 12 years and only visited for the first time last week. I expected a small, mediocre, backyard garden but I was wowed by everything this site has to offer. The staff there is friendly and helpful, identifying flowers for us and sharing the history of the gardens. Even the resident art teacher introduced herself and went out of her way to take us to a particular part of the garden and sharing an interesting back story about it. We stayed for 2.5 hours and could have stayed longer. Enjoyed it so much, I think I will purchase an annual membership. As close at it is, it would be a great place just to stroll around or picnic when the weather is nice.

FYI, there are picnic tables onsite in a beautiful wooded area, or you are welcome to bring a blanket and make your own spot. The gardens offer many classes for gardeners (not a gardener myself, but they sound interesting.) There is a plant nursery where one can purchase plants propogated on the premises. There is a large bonsai garden with probably 40+ specimens. There are several places throughout the gardens where chairs and benches have been strategically place to encourage quiet, restful enjoyment of the gardens. And last, something I'm excited about - they have beehives on the property. I was told they sell the honey that is harvested from them in the fall. Yummm..honey with the medicinal value of being local, to boot!

Visited May 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Lovely Garden Spot.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

It's a great place to talk a walk, especially in the Springtime. Limited hours.

Visited May 2011
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