Smith-Gilbert Gardens, the metro-Atlanta botanical gardens is known for its majestic experiences. The botanical garden located at, 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, Ga., promises entertainment and fun for all.
In 1880, Hiram Butler purchased the historic Butler house which still remains on the grounds, along with 160 acres of the surrounding land. Butler, a Confederate railroad man who worked the lines most of his life and experienced the “Great Locomotive Chase,” eventually sold the property in 1913.
Parcels were sold off but in 1970, Dr. Robert Gilbert and Richard Smith bought the house and the surrounding remaining 13 acres. Gilbert and Smith’s goal was to develop the property in order to attract birds.
Please visit http://www.smithgilbertgardens.com/docs/SmithGilbertGardens-GSU-HistoricStructureReport.pdf for detailed information on the history of the property and land.
The Butler house along with surrounding acres of botanical garden acquired by the City of Kennesaw in 2005, is now open to the public.
The serene setting is combined with woodland paths and several gardens displaying different plants and trees. A tea house, waterfall area, rose and camellia gardens, Bonsai exhibits and strategically positioned sculptures are located throughout the area.
The garden provides an array of activities and entertainment for all. Here are a few of the events a visitor may encounter:
- Morning Tai Chi classes under the cedar tree
- Bird watching with Pat PepperDesigning and installing a pollinator garden
- Hypertufa classes, learn how to make a light-weight container out of peat moss, perlite and concrete
- Espalier/Topiary with Shon, learn how to create beautiful shapes with plants, shrubs and trees. Please visit http://www.smithgilbertgardens.com/events-calendar/ for a detailed schedule of events.
Visitors find beautiful and exotic flowers growing throughout the premises, learning activities and entertainment but adult and junior programs are also offered.
Doug Davis, SGG Executive Director shares what shares what foliage is in bloom; visit http://www.smithgilbertgardens.com/whats-in-bloom/ for up-to-date information.
A visit can be as simple as a relaxing walk or classes can be incorporated. Hosting an event at the gardens will make it a majestic experience.
Admission to the park is $7 for adults and $6 for active military and senior citizens.
Membership packages include several benefits: Members get program discounts. Instead of $15 per class, members pay $8.
Susan Shroeder, Director of Operations, who is sometimes outside doing maintenance with volunteers and other times planning events like our fall festival shared ”Our Gardener, Shon Cameron, says a bad day at the Gardens is still better than a good day at any other job. All of us love working here. I think what I like the most is the variety in every workday. It’s all fun!”
I know the gardens to be a wonderful environment to work or volunteer and a mystical day of fun for those who visit. Please visit the website for more information http://www.smithgilbertgardens.com/