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.

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.


Chris Graeff, President
Sr. Project Manager/Operations
Cox & Company

Jeff Krivo, Vice President
Senior Manager of Data
HD Supply, Inc.

Janel Wiles, Secretary
Wiles & Wiles, LLP

Lori Kaczynski, Treasurer
VP, Internal Audit & Chief Audit Executive
Graphic Packaging International


Barbara Boone
Boone Limited Properties, LLC

Andrew Kohr, PLA, ASLA
Sr. Project Manager,
Transportation & Community

Kaitlyn Parham Chitwood
Director of Digital Marketing & Design
Cobb Travel and Tourism

Steven D. Yancey, AIA
Retired, ASD | SKY

City Representatives

Derek Easterling
Mayor, City of Kennesaw