Please note: We will continue to monitor visitation and may change our operational guidelines to continue to support safety and social distancing.
Pre-purchased timed tickets are required. Our Gift Shop & Art Gallery is open inside the Hiram Butler House. Please enter the House at the side courtyard entrance-temperature checks are required.
We cannot accommodate group tours, daycare facilities or summer camp tours.
Note, masks are required for indoor spaces but not while touring the Gardens outside.
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.
With fifteen themed garden spaces, the reconstruction of the Hiram Butler House, and more than 4,000 curated plant species, Smith-Gilbert Gardens offers a beautiful and fascinating experience. We invite you to visit our award-winning “Garden with Wings” butterfly house, crevice garden, bonsai collection, children’s play structures, Koi ponds, more than 30 sculptures and so much more.
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 Smith-Gilbert Gardens!
At Smith-Gilbert Gardens there is always something in bloom, no matter the season. One of the first plants to bloom in late winter, early spring are the Hellebores.
Helleborus ×hybridus is a group of evergreen, late-winter or early-spring flowering perennials in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) with the common names of hellebore, oriental hellebores, or Lenten rose.
Mature plants can form clumps that are 18” to 24” tall and 24” to 30” wide. The glossy, deep green, palmate foliage adds a wonderful texture against ferns or acorus. The toothed, leathery foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season. Around December, we cut back that foliage to make room for the beautiful blooms that are just starting to raise their heads. They come in a rainbow of colors, if your rainbow is in the burgundy, pink, and white range, and most have freckles! Mature plants can have up to 50 or more flowers per plant and they are a welcome source of food for pollinators this time of year. Hellebore make excellent cut flowers and their seed heads and dried flowers add interest in dried arrangements. Drought tolerant, they are perfect for those shadier areas of your garden but they will take full sun as well. Established clumps can be left alone for 20 or more years making this the perfect perennial for those intermittent gardeners. Stop by SGG today and stroll our woodland gardens to see more of these late winter beauties. ... See MoreSee Less
Have you been seeing a random ladybug or two indoors lately? It’s very common for them to seek warm places in the winter like tree trunks, cracks in rocks, and even buildings. Asian lady beetle is the common non-native ladybug species in north Georgia. Believe it or not, they were deliberately introduced into the state of Georgia many decades ago by the US Department of Agriculture in an effort to protect pecan crops from damage inflicted by other insect pests. Always pleased to see these beneficial insects in the Gardens! ... See MoreSee Less
I have them in multiple numbers in my master bedroom every year around this time. The double window is on the second floor, where somehow they congregate. Not sure how they get in as the window is aluminum and never opened. Not sure I am doing the right thing, but I vacuum them up every day, lots of them. If there is another way please educate me. I can't sleep in the room during this period.
What do we do if we find them inside? Will they be ok in the cold?
Great Backyard Bird Count is just around the corner!
Sponsored by Bird Watcher Supply Company, co–owner Julia Elliot (and other awesome guides!) will have plenty of fun facts and information to share. Join us Saturday, February 13, from 9AM to 2PM for children’s crafts, bird identification and more! Don’t forget your binoculars! For more information on the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit www.birdcount.org. ... See MoreSee Less
Our clearance sale will be making way for great new items in our Gift Shop and Art Gallery! As we make way for new seasons, we will be reducing prices January 30 through February 13th. Come by the gift shop during your Garden visit or stop in just to shop - no admission required to visit the gift shop. ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday Wonders is great for grades Pre K- 6 Drop in between 10 AM to 11 AM. The cost is $18 for one parent/caregiver plus one child, an additional child is $3. Price includes admission. Tickets available at https://smith-gilbert-gardens.square.site CLASS SCHEDULE March 3rd– Insects Among Us Let’s have fun learning all about creepy crawlies! Children will get to view SGG’s insect collection and identify the body parts that make insects unique. We’ll explore how beneficial insects help our garden and finish by making a bug motel to take home! March 17th– Seed Mania As spring approaches, pollen will fill the air to bring us more seeds! Dive into seed types and dispersal methods through activities and exercises. Spread wildflower seeds in your yard by making either seed paper or seed bombs! April 7th– Wind chimes One way to add beauty to your landscape is with garden décor. Make a personalized beaded wind chime using a terracotta pot to enjoy at home! Paint and decorate as we celebrate the first Wednesday Wonders of Art Blooms! April 21st– Forever Flowers Do you wish you could enjoy flowers all year long? We do too! Join us in making pressed flower bookmarks to preserve a little bit of spring forever. May 5th– Layers Beneath Us We want to display your work just like the SGG sculptures during Art Blooms! Our Koi fish are an integral part of the Garden’s beauty and we’re going to create a collection of koi sculptures using recycled materials! To feature your own koi design, come out and create a temporary piece that will be displayed in the Gardens throughout May! May 19th– Pollinator Power Let’s highlight the pollinators that make Smith-Gilbert Gardens possible! Children will imitate the hard work of bees in a pollination exercise and view flowers through the eyes of an insect with our pollinator viewers. Create your own bug antennae to wear as you venture through the Gardens!
Fun and games, stories and crafts will abound. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny! Spend time exploring the gardens and visit the newly renovated Gift Shop and Art Gallery. Your family will make memories for a lifetime! Advance tickets are required.