Smith-Gilbert Gardens is open for self-guided tours and a fun scavenger hunt for kids! Visit us today!

Please note: We will continue to monitor visitation and may change our operational guidelines to continue to support safety and social distancing.

All visitors and members must purchase their timed tickets before arriving to the Gardens. Please click the link above to purchase tickets.

The Gift Shop & Art Gallery, in the Hiram Butler House, are open. Please enter the House at the front door – temperature checks are required. Staff will be on site, but may not be available during your visit. We are not selling tickets on site.

We cannot accommodate group tours, daycare facilities or summer camp tours.

Masks are not required, but we encourage you to wear a face covering, especially when using the public restroom.

Welcome to Smith-Gilbert Gardens!

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the City of Kennesaw’s botanical garden. Voted one of the top five places to take children in the Atlanta metro area, the 17-acre property is rich with botanical, artistic and historic treasures.

Fifteen themed garden spaces, anchored by the reconstruction era Hiram Butler House, contain more than 4,000 curated plant species. The award-winning “Garden with Wings” butterfly house and pollinator garden promote conservation of beneficial Georgia native plants and insects. The crevice garden displays a gardening style and plant collection rarely seen in the southeastern United States. Robust collections of hydrangeas, camellias, conifers and roses along with woodland and perennial gardens inspire visitors to explore variety for their own landscapes. Blending horticulture and art, the bonsai collection includes more than 70 specimens, diligently trained during monthly work sessions that are open to garden visitors. Thirty remarkable garden sculptures by nationally and internationally known artists add drama to the landscape. Koi ponds, a waterfall, and child-friendly play structures throughout the property round out the experience.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ conservation mission is evident throughout the gardens. A minimal-toxicity ethic means that we curtail the use of chemical treatments in garden maintenance. Through best practices in collection management and collaborations with Georgia Power, State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Atlanta Botanical Garden, we work to preserve global plant biodiversity and improve local habitat. Our educational programs share knowledge of and passion for nature, while inspiring participants to be conservation minded.

We hope that you will enjoy your visit to our website, but most importantly, we invite you to experience firsthand the beauty and fascination of Smith-Gilbert Gardens.


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New merch alert! Stop by our gift shop to see our new products, including these adorable face masks! ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

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GREAT video!!

Do you guys have any mounted butterflies or insects?

Happy #NationalGrandparentsDay! To celebrate, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is giving away guest passes to two lucky winners!

When was the Hiram-Butler House constructed?

How to win:
1. Must be following Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ Facebook page.
2. Like this post.
3. Leave your answer in the comment section below!

The winner will be announced Thursday, September 17. Must be able to pick up the prize from City of Kennesaw Government between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM by close of business Friday, September 25. Good luck!

📸: Christy R.
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5 days ago

Happy #NationalGrandparentsDay! To celebrate, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is giving away guest passes to two lucky winners! 

When was the Hiram-Butler House constructed? 

How to win:
1. Must be following Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ Facebook page.
2. Like this post.
3. Leave your answer in the comment section below!

The winner will be announced Thursday, September 17. Must be able to pick up the prize from City of Kennesaw Government between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM by close of business Friday, September 25. Good luck!

📸:  Christy R.

Comment on Facebook

1880..ive never been..

1880 💗🤞

1880. Would love to take the grandparents when they are here next week!

1880. I would love to win this! Only 1 grandchild and she lives out of town

1880- and what a lovely image Christy took!!!

Built in 1880 on original Cherokee land. Won in a land lottery. And sold by the OG owners in 1913.

1880. Lots of smart people here 😊. Love this place

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1880. We would love to win! Pat O'Daniels

1880.

1880. Need a day to get away! Brenda S Neal

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Welcome to Smith-Gilbert Gardens’ Virtual Story Time! This week’s reader is Kathy Post, Visitor Services Coordinator for the Gardens! ... See MoreSee Less

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I watched the entire story❤️

We started at 5 and it is now 7pm. A successful banding event. Julia caught a total of 14 birds, 7 females, 6 males, and 1 unknown. Grateful to Bird Watcher Supply Company, Julia Elliott, Karen Hudson Theodorou and Kayla Deis. The only thing that would have made it better would be if you all could have been here. Wings crossed for next year ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

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🎲 🎲😘

Darryl Prezzano - how cool?

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EVENTS

Full Calendar

Oct
10
Sat
Bonsai Study Group @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bonsai Study Group with Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons will be onsite and available to answer questions.    While the exhibition will be closed for visitors to enter, you will have the opportunity to see the trees and talk with members of the Study Group.    Discover the mystery behind creating these living works of art. 
Oct
31
Sat
Kennesaw Grand Prix 5K Series @ Downtown Kennesaw
Oct 31 @ 7:30 am
Kennesaw Grand Prix 5K Series @ Downtown Kennesaw

On Saturday, October 31, 2020, we will host a single KGPRS race to benefit all six community non-profits!

You can register here:

https://raceroster.com/…/…/the-kennesaw-grand-prix-2020-race

Did you register for a previously-scheduled 2020 race? Email Race Director kelly@orionsportstiming.com and she will email you a promo code valid for a free entry in the September 19 race! 

Our non-profits count on this race series to fundraise and it was a tough decision to evolve the series this year. We are looking forward to a fantastic 2020 race and thank you so much for your patience and support!

Nov
14
Sat
Bonsai Study Group @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bonsai Study Group with Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons will be onsite and available to answer questions. 

 

While the exhibition will be closed for visitors to enter, you will have the opportunity to see the trees and talk with members of the Study Group. 

 

Discover the mystery behind creating these living works of art. 

Dec
12
Sat
Bonsai Study Group @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bonsai Study Group with Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons will be onsite and available to answer questions. 

 

While the exhibition will be closed for visitors to enter, you will have the opportunity to see the trees and talk with members of the Study Group. 

 

Discover the mystery behind creating these living works of art. 

Jan
9
Sat
Bonsai Study Group @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Jan 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bonsai Study Group with Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons will be onsite and available to answer questions. 

 

While the exhibition will be closed for visitors to enter, you will have the opportunity to see the trees and talk with members of the Study Group. 

 

Discover the mystery behind creating these living works of art. 

Garden Hours

Tuesday - Saturday
9:00am - 4:00pm
LAST ENTRY AT 3:15 pm
Sunday & Monday Closed

Private guided tours for groups of 10 or more available by appointment.

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

2020 Holiday Hours

  • Independence Day
    7/4 - Open regular hours

  • Thanksgiving
    11/26-11/27 - CLOSED
    11/28 - Open regular hours

  • Christmas
    12/23 - 9 a.m. to noon
    12/24-12/25-CLOSED
    12/26 - Open regular hours

    Admission

    General Admission $10
    Seniors (age 65+) $8
    Military & University Student $5
    Youth ages 3-17 (with family) $5
    Children, ages 2 and younger (with family) Free
    SGG Members Free
    Group Tours Book a Tour

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    2382 Pine Mountain Road
    Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
    770.919.0248

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