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“Gem of a find just a few minutes north of Atlanta”

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 September 18, 2013

What a memorable afternoon it was spending our 53rd wedding anniversary touring that lovely garden, with it's nice, well labeled walking paths and interesting and varied sculpture! The only way it could have been improved was if there had been a little coffee shop. After several hours, we would have liked to have had a little place to get "refreshed".

3  Thank Anitamax
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

My spouse and I visited early one morning. It was wonderful. I loved seeing all the conifer specimens, the roses, and camelias. but probably the best thing is just learning what will grow in the shade in Northwest Georgia. Some of the plants here are incredibly large and old and others have been planted in the last few years. They label each plant with the year it was planted. At the end of our trip, my husband signed up to volunteer.

5  Thank Jackalie B
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is a not a very large but interesting garden and recommended to all outdoor lovers if you are around Kennesaw area ! There is an entry fee.

2  Thank Ramasprasad
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

I love this place, friendly people, beautiful plants, and they even offer little fun courses. We went to a lecture on owls and bats and it was very interesting! Had a cool "moonlit" tour at the end. A great place to bond with other plant lovers

2  Thank Lindsay B
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Quite, sirene, great trails to walk through the gardens, huge variety of plants from all over the world. Tour guides are well informed and full of information.

2  Thank Sarah S
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