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“A Hidden Gem in Kennesaw”

Smith Gilbert Gardens
Ranked #4 of 27 things to do in Kennesaw
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed January 31, 2012

I live within 3 miles of Smith Gilbert Gardens and just finally made it there for a visit last spring. Boy was I surprised! I expected a small garden, etc. but Smith Gilbert Gardens really wowed me! The garden is much larger than I expected and has a beautiful (and peaceful) Japanese waterfall area. I think Smith Gilbert is truly a hidden gem and if you enjoy visiting botanical gardens, I highly recommend checking this one out.

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Reviewed December 26, 2011

This 13 acre site is an excellent living botanical garden complete with important sculpture pieces and important plant species. The Civil War era home is complete with bullet holes in the wall and serves as a wonderful venue for weddings and events. This is a must see Spring through Fall piece of heaven!

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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Go see the roses and many other lovely flowers, trees and shrubs at this garden near Kennesaw in Cobb County, GA. Any time of year would be nice, but spring was just great. Very relaxing and pretty.

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Reviewed September 1, 2010

I had the pleasure of spending most of my morning with my daughter's fifth grade class on a fieldtrip. The class is studying flowers and it seemed like the perfect educational match. WHAT A HIDDEN TREASURE! Smith-Gilbert Gardens was stunning. We were there three hours and could have definitely lingered longer. With each area of the gardens, you could actually feel the passion and the love for nature, that the property owners had for this beautiful place. Right now, I am seriously having some flash-back moments of one of the most glorious mornings ever experienced. Definitely bring your camera. If you are a plant lover, or just love beautiful things, RUN THERE!

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