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Welcome to Smith-Gilbert Gardens!

Welcome to one of North Georgia’s hidden gems, Smith-Gilbert Gardens.  As an established collectors garden, we have over 3,000 species of plants, many unique to American gardens. Having grown through the years, the Gardens stand out as an exceptional blend of art, history and horticulture, all creating a tranquil respite of reflection and enjoyment.

We hope that you will enjoy your visit to our website, but most importantly, we invite you to experience firsthand the beauty and fascination of Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

PLEASE NOTE: The Gardens are closed on Mondays so that we can accommodate our various group volunteer activities.  Our operating days are Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm.


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One of Georgia’s Hidden Treasures via WSB-TV


Host your event in our gardens

Surrounded by natural beauty, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the ideal backdrop for special events, weddings, and corporate meetings. Our staff can help you create and execute the perfect get-together.

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Sign up for classes

As part of our mission to educate, Smith-Gilbert Gardens offers educational programs for everyone from beginners to master gardeners. We offer a variety of classes and activities for all ages, including lectures and workshops ranging from the art of Bonsai to beekeeping to creating award-winning home gardens.

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The Hiram Butler House

In 1880, Hiram Anderson Butler built the home that is the centerpiece of Smith-Gilbert Gardens, just outside of what was then called Big Shanty, now Kennesaw. The house is located on what was originally Cherokee land that was disbursed as Land Lot 178 through the 1832 Land Lottery.

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