Visit the Smith-Gilbert Gardens website.
Located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a City of Kennesaw Botanical Garden with 16 acres for exploration, relaxation, and reflection. Surrounding the Hiram Butler House (ca. 1882) are woodland paths threading through 3,000 species of plants, 30 sculptures, 71 bonsai trees, and 2 koi ponds in a naturalistic setting. The house itself is on the National Register of Historic Homes.
Although the Garden is home to many native species, it also features a number of plants from other countries that are very unusual in American gardens. A shaded picnic area is located near a Tea House where one can sit and listen to the sound of a waterfall while admiring the pastoral view. Many visitors come to simply relax or read a book on one of the many memorial benches scattered throughout the grounds.
Volunteer opportunities are available in several areas of the Garden including a volunteer-maintained vegetable garden, the Bonsai collection, the Rose Garden, and general maintenance activities. The Garden also has continuing needs for tour guides, office assistance, and any other tasks that come up on short notice.
The Gardens are open to visitors (excepting major holidays) Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm (closed Sunday and Monday). Group tours and meetings can be scheduled for groups up to 250 attendees with a particular focus on parties of 150 or less. Memberships are also now offered. A list of upcoming events as well as children and adult classes can be found by visiting the Gardens website. For more information, call 770-919-0248.