Butterfly Exhibit

July 30, 2016 @ 9:00 am – September 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Smith-Gilbert Gardens
2382 Pine Mountain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30152


Join Smith-Gilbert Gardens and the Million Garden Pollinator Challenge, a worldwide movement to promote and encourage the vital role pollinators play in our lives, by participating in the opening of our new exhibit!

Smith-Gilbert Gardens announces first annual butterfly exhibit. A Garden with Wings: Butterflies and Biodiversity

 Kennesaw, GA, June 8, 2016 –  A Garden with Wings: Butterflies and Biodiversity, a Smith-Gilbert Gardens exclusive butterfly exhibit, will open to the public on July 30th  through September 10th. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the wonder of 6 species of butterflies including Gulf Fritillaries, Monarchs, Painted Ladies and Swallowtails in a complete ecosystem.

We are looking forward to opening our first summer exhibition – celebrating nature! This exhibit will enhance a summer visit to the Gardens by showcasing one of nature’s showiest pollinators.We want to educate our visitors about all pollinators and encourage them to become part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge at their own homes.”  – Ann Parsons, Executive Director

A Garden with Wings: Butterflies and Biodiversity exhibit will be open to engage school children, families, and garden visitors in a fun and educational environment during normal business hours, which are Tuesday– Saturday 9am – 4pm.  The amazing variety of butterflies and the importance of their contribution to horticulture pollination makes this exhibit an ideal school field trip for classrooms in the metro area.  Donated funds are available on a first-come first-serve basis, which allow us to offer field trips and programs for a discounted fee of $3.00 per child.

 “The 17’ x 40’ mesh greenhouse is home to about six species of butterflies including Gulf Fritillaries, Monarchs, Painted Ladies and Swallowtails.  The unique thing about our exhibit is that it is a complete ecosystem, containing both host plants for each species, water, shelter, nectar and food.  The focus of our programs are to showcase the mysteries of metamorphosis, lifecycle, and the importance of habitats.” – Lisa Bartlett, Garden Manager

The exhibit encourages guest to join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPCG), which is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of pollinators across America.  The butterfly exhibit is set to take flight at the Grand Opening on July 30th from 10am-2pm where members of the community, families and the media are invited to attend. This event is pre-registration only and will sell out due to limited availability. Register online now at www.SmithGilbertGardens.com.

 About Smith Gilbert Gardens

As a City of Kennesaw Botanical Garden, the mission of Smith-Gilbert Gardens is to serve as a resource for conservation, education and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation.  At the center of Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the historic Hiram Butler House, dating back over 150 years. 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 sculptures. 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.  The Garden is also a designated wildlife habitat by the Atlanta Audubon Society.  Smith-Gilbert Gardens is supported, in part, by memberships, donations, and funds raised through the Rose Garden Gala and Garden Gallop sponsored by the Smith-Gilbert Gardens Foundation – a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

Media Contact:

Ann Parsons

Executive Director



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