Welcome to Smith-Gilbert Gardens!
Welcome to one of North Georgia’s hidden gems, Smith-Gilbert Gardens. As an established collectors garden, we have over 3,000 species of plants, many unique to American gardens. Having grown through the years, the Gardens stand out as an exceptional blend of art, history and horticulture, all creating a tranquil respite of reflection and enjoyment.
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.
Deck the halls with your own homemade wreath!What a fun way to spend an early December Saturday morning out with friends or family! Join us for our annual holiday wreath making workshop. Everything you need to construct a gorgeous holiday wreath will be provided: a compressed straw wreath form, floral pins, floral wire, and LOTS of freshly harvested greenery from right here at the gardens. Feel free to bring your own additions to personalize your creation. All experience levels are welcome – recommended for ages 14 and up. Led by Lucy Mercer. Bring a friend and you each get $10 off the workshop fee! To receive the discount, multiple tickets must be purchased in the same transaction.
Children aged 2 to 6 years old and their caregiver will enjoy a story on a garden-related topic. Along with story time, accompanying activities will vary monthly and may include related arts, crafts, dance or organized play. Participation in Garden Stories gives you admission to the Gardens for the entire day.
SGG Member Child: $5 ($6 after Wednesday before program date)
Non-Member Child: $7 ($8 after Wednesday before program date)
Adults pay regular admission;
additional participating children are $5 each ($6 after Wednesday before program date)
Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Ticket price will increase for registrations made after the Wednesday before the program date. Children under 2 will not be charged for this program. Groupons and other promotional discounts may not be used for Garden Stories participants or accompanying adults and children.
Led by Bonsai Curator Rodney Clemons
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12 noon – 1 p.m.) Open to visitors; included with garden admission
Rodney Clemons visits Smith-Gilbert Gardens on the 2nd Saturday of each month (some exceptions as noted on the events calendar) to oversee, evaluate, care for, and prune the Gardens’ bonsai collection. Along with a small group of well-trained and very experienced volunteers, Rodney provides expert care in all aspects of maintaining the collection.
Visitors are welcome to ask questions and talk with Rodney and the volunteers to learn more about this ancient art.
If you’re interested in learning more about bonsai, please plan a visit on the 2nd Saturday.
(Please note: We request you do not bring your personal bonsai trees to the Gardens.)
Guided Bird Walks
3rd Saturday of every month, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
A haven for wild birds
Smith-Gilbert Gardens lies along a major migratory flyway, and is a convenient destination to see a great diversity of wild birds. The gardens are an oasis for the scores of migratory bird species that fly through each spring and fall. Dozens of year-round resident bird species call the property home as well. A diverse habitat attracts and sustains them: seventeen acres of forest edges, grassy areas, perennial borders, as well as ponds and streams. The garden staff curtail the use of chemical treatments and so the property offers a healthy buffet of fruits, seeds and bugs for the birds and other wildlife to gobble up.
Watch with us!
Come enjoy watching birds with us! Our expert birding guides have spent years learning to identify birds by sight and sound, and have a passion for wild bird conservation. You’ll learn keys to bird identification, where you can look for wild birds in your neighborhood, how to make your own backyard a habitat for wild birds, and more. This monthly meetup is included with garden admission.
Presented by West Cobb Regional Library
Experience the wonder of the garden with your child through a special story time at Smith-Gilbert Gardens! With stories, interactive play, and music your child will experience the Garden in a fun and educational way!
This event is included with Garden admission
Rain or shine