Smith Gilbert Gardens
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Kennesaw, the Smith Gilbert Gardens is a 16-acre botanical garden featuring 31 sculptures and 3,000 species of plants. Also located on the property is the historic Hiram Butler House (circa 1881), which is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places and houses the gift shop.
Smith Gilbert Gardens offers a serene setting for exploring and relaxing. It’s a bird watcher’s paradise. While there, be sure to visit the rock garden, perineal garden, rose garden, waterfall, bonsai exhibit, vegetable garden, conifer garden and the Gather n’ Grow Garden.
The Gardens host special events throughout the year like a hummingbird banding and a plant sale so be sure to check the events calendar before you go! They also book group and private tours in advance and hold programs for children and adults throughout the year.
What You Need To Know:
- Admission Prices: Adults $7, Seniors 60+ and Active Military with ID $6, Children 6 – 12 $5, Children 5 and under are FREE
- Plan to spend somewhere between 2 and 3 hours to cover the grounds at a relaxed pace
- Wear comfortable shoes
- You don’t have to pay admissions to visit the Gift Shop
- There is FREE parking on-site. During well-attended special events, offsite parking is made available
- The Gardens are closed on Sunday and Monday – Operating hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm
- 60 minute public tours take place April through June and begin at 10:30 am – Tours are only done if there is a group of 5 or more
- 90 minute private tours are booked 2 weeks in advance, cost $10 per person and require a group of 5 or more to book
- For locals, there are some great programs for children and adults – see the website for details
- The Gardens can be rented for private events
- Closed for holidays including Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving. Closes at noon on December 23 and is closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA, 30152 (Directons)