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“Very nice gardens”

Smith Gilbert Gardens
Ranked #4 of 24 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 June 17, 2013

The gardens are really well kept and beautiful. They have a community garden area where kids can walk around and see where their food grows. There is plenty of space to just hang out too. We took a blanket and a picnic lunch and just relaxed for a bit. Lots of shade and places for the kids to play. Since its a garden, we didn't let the kids run all crazy and loud but they were able to just be kids. We will definitely be coming back.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

My daughter and best friend and I went her this past week to do some photography. Even though there had been a lot of rain the week before, much of the blooms were still in tact. It is a very peaceful place to visit, to walk around in, photograph or meditate if you wish. The lady at the front desk was very nice and accommodating. We will definitely go back!

2  Thank TLP60
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

This is a small garden compared to gardens in Georgia like Callaway Garden, but is filled with samples of plants from around the world as well as local plants that will grow in the Metro Atlanta climate. Don't miss the large exhibit of bonzai trees. There is no food or snacks, but there are small intimate picnic areas in the garden, so bring a lunch. Things were just starting to bloom in early April when we visited. Parking is limited so the garden is never crowded and you can enjoy a peaceful stroll.

4  Thank RG50
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

My daughter and I went to Smith Gilbert Gardens. We were really surprised how beautiful and big the gardens were. We had nice weather. This is a hidden treasure. We were very relaxed.

2  Thank Mrnstarr
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Went here with my brothers when they came to visit me from PA. Not to mention this is very close to my house. Nice nature-y activity and lovely staff.

1  Thank VivianFC
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