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“Very impressive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smith Gilbert Gardens

Smith Gilbert Gardens
2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152
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Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Kennesaw
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Kennesaw, GA
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79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Very impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I didn't really expect too much, since Kennesaw is a small town, but I was very impressed. Beautiful place with friendly people. The gardens are very well kept, and they have a considerable variety. The bonsai garden alone is worth the price of admission; they have at least 25 different bonsai trees, including a 300-year-old one. The coniferous garden, the carnelia garden, the Japanese garden (with its own tea house overlooking a pond of coy and a small waterfall; terrific place to chill or to read), and the rose garden are all must-sees. Friendly people, terrific place. Depending on how much you love plants, I'd recommend 90 minutes to three hours. They have a vegetable garden with big bubble wands and dirt piles for kids, though kids may not be as excited about the main trails (maybe a mile and a half if you do every inch). Lots of sculptures, which didn't do very much for me, but nor do they detract from the garden at all. Remarkable place. Very worth the money, very much recommended. Shon's been mentioned in a few reviews, and he's a knowledgeable and friendly caretaker. They also have plants for sale, from single-digit-cost potted plants to three-digit bonsai trees. A very worthwhile venture.

Visited July 2014
Thank Zack S
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Great place to view flowers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is worth the trip to view beautiful flowers and trees. They have the place organized into different species so more interesting to view them. The people there provide lots of gardening information that can help you if you like gardening. Even a garden area for children. Small entrance fee but it helps support them.

Visited March 2014
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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 714 helpful votes
“Worth the drive for a half-day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Having relatives or visitors in? Try something different and see the Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. We only recently learned about these gardens through Groupon, and what a find! The Gardens are minutes from the highway. Pack a picnic lunch and plan on about two hours of easy walking on well-maintained trails. They have a designated picnic area with tables, a relaxing water feature complete with a waterfall, dozens of sculptures, a conifer area, and the best of all - a huge perfectly cultivated Bonsai Garden unlike I have ever seen. Plan to be impressed.

Visited April 2014
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this little garden. It has such a pleasant feel. The staff (Shawn) was so helpful and knowledgeable. I hope to come back when everything is in full bloom.

Visited March 2014
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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“very beautiful to have a walk or a picnic.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

When the flowers are out it is a very beautiful place to walk on the many winding paths. It has a Picnic area and does offer classes.

Visited October 2013
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