Our Staff

Ann Parsons Executive Director Email Ann

Ann Parsons
Executive Director
Email Ann

Lisa Bartlett Garden ManagerEmail Lisa

Lisa Bartlett
Garden Manager
Email Lisa

Anna Bell King Visitor Services Coordinator Email Anna Bell

Anna Bell King
Visitor Services Coordinator
Email Anna Bell

Sam Porter Horticulture TechnicianEmail Sam

Sam Porter  
Horticulture Technician
Email Sam

Jared Horticulture TechnicianEmail Jared

Jared Brittain  
Horticulture Technician
Email Jared


Now Hiring!


Full time, exempt position

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Education Manager is responsible for directing and expanding educational programs and interpretation – for adults, children, and general visitors. Additionally, this position plays a major role in developing programmatic goals and content for seasonal exhibitions. The Education Manager oversees rentals, special events, and visitor services and will be an integral part of programming for a new education/visitor center. This is a great opportunity to initiate new programs and build a department.

Complete job description and how to apply: http://www.kennesaw-ga.gov/job/education-manager/



Part time position, 25-28 hours/week

Wednesday – Saturday

This position implements children’s educational programming, including field trips, general visitor programming, and informal learning activities. Serves as the primary contact for rentals and assists with special events.

Great opportunity to target new audiences! Position does not include benefits.

Complete job description and how to apply: http://www.kennesaw-ga.gov/job/education-and-event-coordinator-part-time/


About Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a 16-acre woodland garden owned by the City of Kennesaw, which is located in Cobb County. This area is considered part of metro Atlanta and is conveniently located near a major interstate, I-75, and about 45 minutes from the Atlanta airport.


The mission of Smith-Gilbert Gardens is to serve as a resource for conservation, education and enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation. This mission encompasses our desire to set a standard of excellence in horticulture and educational programming for this region.


Smith-Gilbert Gardens is one of north Georgia’s botanical gems. The original acreage, including an historic house dating to the 1880s, was purchased by Richard Smith and Robert Gilbert in 1970. During their tenure as homeowners, nearly 3,000 species of plants were added to the property, creating a true collector’s garden. In addition to the extensive plant collection, there are 30 outdoor sculptures, which were collected or commissioned by Smith and Gilbert.


About the City

The City’s approximately 35,000 residents enjoy Kennesaw as a great place to live, learn, work and play. The City’s combination of small town charm and big city amenities provides access to:

  • excellent educational resources
  • first-rate parks, greenspaces, public buildings, and athletic facilities
  • high quality and affordable recreation programs
  • safe, well-maintained neighborhoods and central business district

Real estate blogging website movoto.com, nationally known for its city-ranking lists, recently ranked Kennesaw one of the ten best places in Georgia.



The City offers a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement through the City, life insurance, and short-term disability. Additional benefits include vacation, sick days, holidays and an employee tuition assistance program.

City employees participate in an award-winning wellness program.





Garden Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday & Monday Closed

*Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the garden premises, with the exception of service animals. *

2017 Holiday Hours

  • Thanksgiving 11/23-11/24 - CLOSED  
    *11/25 - Open regular hours


Adults $7
Seniors (age 60+) or Active Military
(with ID)
Children, ages 6-12
(with family)
Children, ages 5 and younger
(with family)
SGG Members Free
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2382 Pine Mountain Road
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152

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