Meet Our Intern Sophia!

Hello there! My name is Sofia and I am interning at the Smith-Gilbert Gardens this semester. I am a senior at Kennesaw Mountain High School, and I am part of their STEM Magnet Program. The program requires that all seniors intern in a field or place of their choosing and conduct a research question there. I chose to intern here…

Hard to believe fall is right around the corner when summer refuses to go away. As of this writing, it has been 3 weeks without a drop of rain and with 71 days of temperatures in the upper nineties, the gardens are showing it. You know it’s dry when the weeds are wilted. Dry summers are not that unusual in…

Hello, my name is Jeremy and I am a new intern at the Smith-Gilbert Gardens. I am currently a senior enrolled in the Kennesaw Mountain High School’s magnet program, which requires students to conduct a scientific research or engineering design through an internship opportunity, and I decided to construct my research project here at the garden. Throughout my high school…

Where do SGG’s Butterflies Come From?

It’s hard to believe we are in our 4th season of A Garden With Wings Butterfly House. The Vivarium (butterfly free-flight house) has been one of our most successful exhibitions. People love butterflies. What’s not to love? With their colorful wings, butterflies look more like self-propelled flowers than anything else does. Even people who are normally afraid of insects forget…

A Mission of Conservation

Smith-Gilbert Gardens has a mission to serve as a resource for conservation, education, and enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts, and historic preservation. Our mission of conservation impacts all aspects of our operations – from butterflies to the rose garden. When you visit the butterfly house, you may notice there seem to be fewer varieties this year. It’s not your imagination. Here’s…

On Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, SGG will once again host its most popular public event, Hummingbird Banding. Most people are fascinated by Hummingbirds because they are beautiful and are astounding aerial acrobats. I was telling my mother in Florida about this event when she interjected, “How in the world can you band those tiny little legs?” Banding is definitely a…

Submitted by John Dolan, Smith-Gilbert Gardens Volunteer Beautiful, Messy Spring During the March/April time frame in Atlanta, the “yellow stuff” that accumulates on our cars in the Smith Gilbert parking lots, and makes most of us Atlantans have runny noses and watery eyes is pollen that is falling from lots of different specie of trees and shrubs, but mainly from…

  Flowering dogwoods are some of the most widely planted ornamental trees in Georgia. They are a Georgia native tree and can be found growing throughout the state. AND NO, they are not the officially designated State Tree (the Southern Live Oak is the official tree for the Peach State). Dogwoods are not difficult trees to grow, but success does…

Smith-Gilbert Gardens hosted a Great Backyard Bird Count event on Saturday, February 17th and boy was it a success! Our citizen scientists recorded over 34 species throughout the day (see complete list below).  Visitors were encouraged to grab a pair of binoculars and identification sheet and see what they could spot in the Garden We were so excited to have…

Photo courtesy of Audubon Society Written by SGG Volunteer birder Pat Pepper The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will be held over a four-day period in February, Friday through Monday, Feb. 16, 17, 18, 19. This count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Smith-Gilbert Gardens will host its GBBC on Saturday,…

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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. *

2019 Holiday Hours

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  • Thanksgiving
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    11/30 - Open regular hours
  • Christmas
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