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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One of the most beautiful berry displays in the plant kingdom comes from Viburnums. Attracting butterflies in the spring and summer with their fragrant white flowers to being an important food source for migratory birds in the fall, Viburnums are a must have for any landscape. The berries of Viburnam dilatatum, featured here, are so bright and cranberry red, they almost hurt your eyes. They will produce fruit if planted singly, but if you want an incredible berry display, plant two. Smith and Gilbert were big birders. Some of the first plants added to the garden by them were Viburnums. Come in and see our collection before the birds finish feasting on them. ... See MoreSee Less

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One of the most beautiful berry displays in the plant kingdom comes from Viburnums. Attracting butterflies in the spring and summer with their fragrant white flowers to being an important food source for migratory birds in the fall, Viburnums are a must have for any landscape. The berries of Viburnam dilatatum, featured here, are so bright and cranberry red, they almost hurt your eyes. They will produce fruit if planted singly, but if you want an incredible berry display, plant two. Smith and Gilbert were big birders. Some of the first plants added to the garden by them were Viburnums. Come in and see our collection before the birds finish feasting on them.

The holiday season is approaching us fast! Make Smith-Gilbert Gardens your top shopping destination. With handmade, unique artisan items to our new Nature in Action kits, we have you covered for every friend and family member. Consider gifting a Garden membership- A gift that can be enjoyed through every season. Our gift shop and art gallery is open Tues-Sat from 9 AM to 4PM. ... See MoreSee Less

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The holiday season is approaching us fast! Make Smith-Gilbert Gardens your top shopping destination. With handmade, unique artisan items to our new Nature in Action kits, we have you covered for every friend and family member. Consider gifting a Garden membership- A gift that can be enjoyed through every season. Our gift shop and art gallery is open Tues-Sat from 9 AM to 4PM.

Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1! Your gift to Smith-Gilbert Gardens helps us give the gift of nature.

This is a day that inspires all Georgians to give where they live and support the organizations that impact their everyday lives. You play a vital role in supporting environmental education and conservation programs in your community. Starting now, please plan your Georgia Giving Tuesday donation in support of Smith-Gilbert Gardens!

Every donation makes a difference!

Please use our secure online site to make a gift.
Or send your check payable to SGG Foundation to:
Smith-Gilbert Gardens Foundation
2382 Pine Mountain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30152

With gratitude and appreciation,
Ann Parsons
Executive Director
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Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1! Your gift to Smith-Gilbert Gardens helps us give the gift of nature.

This is a day that inspires all Georgians to give where they live and support the organizations that impact their everyday lives. You play a vital role in supporting environmental education and conservation programs in your community. Starting now, please plan your Georgia Giving Tuesday donation in support of Smith-Gilbert Gardens!

Every donation makes a difference!

Please use our secure online site to make a gift.
Or send your check payable to SGG Foundation to:
Smith-Gilbert Gardens Foundation
2382 Pine Mountain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30152

With gratitude and appreciation,
Ann Parsons
Executive Director

Have you reserved your ticket for Wednesday Wonders tomorrow? It’s not too late! Our activity tomorrow will have you thinking like a farmer as we uncover the best growing season for our favorite foods! We’ll sort them on our “dinner plate” as we go! Great for grades Pre K- 6 Drop in between 10 AM to 11 AM. Cost is $18 for one parent/caregiver plus one child, an additional child is $3. Price includes admission. Tickets available at smith-gilbert-gardens.square.site/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you reserved your ticket for Wednesday Wonders tomorrow? It’s not too late! Our activity tomorrow will have you thinking like a farmer as we uncover the best growing season for our favorite foods! We’ll sort them on our “dinner plate” as we go! Great for grades Pre K- 6 Drop in between 10 AM to 11 AM. 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/
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EVENTS

Full Calendar

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. 

Feb
13
Sat
Bonsai Study Group @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Feb 13 @ 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. 

Mar
13
Sat
Bonsai Study Group @ Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Mar 13 @ 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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