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We love our youngest visitors!


:: Individual Visit | Garden Stories | Young Explorer | Art Series | Field trips ::

Crisper mornings are turning the trees slowly but surely into their fall outfit. Make a stop at the gardens during this time of year to see the many seeds the trees produced, the changing leaves. Plenty of yellow, red and orange colored leaves to spot here at the gardens. Check your tree knowledge just by walking the paths and picking up leaves. 


One of the many birdhouses at the gardens.

Did you know that we have just the activity for you to ensure you do not miss a part of our beautiful gardens. Stop by at the Reception in the Hiram-Butler house for your copy of the seasonally appropriate scavenger hunt.

You can spot many birds here at Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Our feathered friends find food and nesting places here. Some make their nests in the trees and shrubs. Other birds take advantage of the many birdhouses that have been put up over the years here at the gardens. Some are on poles, some are hanging from tree branches. Observe, look up while you visit and you will spot many.





Garden Stories is taking a winter break –

We are looking forward to see you for the Garden Stories every 3rd Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. starting again in February 2015 !

Children aged 3 to 6 years old and their caregiver will enjoy a story on a garden-related topic. (Activities include one or more stories, dance, organized play or a topic-related arts and craft project.) Along with story time, accompanying activities will vary monthly and may include related arts, crafts, dance or organized play.

Participation in Garden Stories gives you admission to the Gardens for the entire day.

All Garden Stories are $7 per child which includes an activity fee. Adults pay regular admission; additional participating children are $5 each.  Pre-registration is recommended and appreciated.



Enjoy the out of doors and be creative in the Garden; 

Ornaments from Nature Materials

>> Saturday, December 6: 10-11am  OR 11:15am-12:15pm

Get creative with nature’s treasures and turn cones, leaves, sticks, seedpods… into festive ornaments. Make one to take home and make one to decorate the Gardens’ tree – It will be on display all throughout the holiday season in the decorated Hiram-Butler house.

Registration required – spaces limited per time slot.
Ideal for ages 7 and up (hot glue guns involved). Younger siblings welcome!

Participation: $7/child, additional child $5
Accompanying Adult: $7; SGG-Member: Free

Enjoy exploring the gardens and the decorated house after your session and take part in a scavenger hunt.

Help us make a very original trimmed tree by lending us your creativity!
If you are interested to participate in one of our programs as a group, please contact to register. 

If you are interested in taking a children’s cooking class at the Gardens, please contact



Secret Garden Children’s Art Series: Wooden Photo Frame – Starry Night by Van Gogh 

 >>  Saturday, December 13, 2014 – 10:30am to 12Noon

Art Series Van Gogh _ starry nightThe moon and stars are a wondrous sight especially in winter when they twinkle and dance on a dark blue stage. Van Gogh captured this moment well in one of his most famous paintings, Starry Night. Children will learn how this painting came to be and learn step-by-step on how to recreate their own version of it on a wooden picture frame, perfect for the gift giving season. Our young artists will be treated to face painting too, as time permits, as well as cookies and lemonade.
No artistic experience needed. All supplies provided. Open-seating event. Reservations required.
Participation fee: SGG-Member Child : $20 ; Non-Member Child: $25

Minimum No. Guests: 8 Guests (15 Maximum)
Age: 4 – 12 years old



Docent led tour in the garden

Docent led tour in the garden

Class groups, youth groups (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, … ) Go on an exciting field trip! There are many positive points of a field trip to Smith-Gilbert Gardens.
Our children’s tours and programs are designed for children 5-8 years and are correlated to the Georgia Performance Standards.

 Our tours:

GARDEN EXPLORER – Geared to the young garden explorers (Kindergarten – 2nd grade) where the children are guided along kid appealing highlights of the garden and learn about plants, seeds, flowers and fruits; explore the differences and similarities in plants and use their senses to explore. Gar
den explorers will experience an eye opener in the kid friendly Gather ‘n’ Grow Garden, on growing vegetables, smelling herbs, admiring colors and fragrant flowers, the mystery of the pollinator garden, a look at bonsai, a visit to the colorful koi, walking through the rock garden, smell a range of roses in the rose garden… For sure a breathtaking exploration.



“Garden Explorer”: GPS correlations First Grade: S1L1a,b,c,d; S1E1; S1CS3a; S1CS4a; S1CS7d

“Kinders discover the Garden”: GPS correlations Kindergarten: SKCS1a; SKCS2a; SKCS3a; SKCS4a,b,c; SKCS6b; SKE1c; SKE2a,c; SKL1c; SKL2b,c


“GARDEN SENSE”Explore the Gardens using all 5 senses by viewing forms of trees and activities of animals, listening to bird songs and waterfalls, smelling flowers, touching sculptures and tasting our wonderful Gardens’ Honey. Children will gain new awareness of their surroundings by these guided observations.

“ART IN THE GARDEN” – Looking at Sculpture.   Smith-Gilbert Gardens is proud to be one of a select number of gardens in the United States that includes sculpture as part of its interest. While walking the garden children will be engaged to look at the 30+ sculptures thoughtfully placed on the garden grounds. Children will be engaged in looking at sculpture, thinking about the materials used and an artist’s perspective.

Groups of 6 or more may schedule a guided tour.
Fees for tours are $5 per child. 1 adult free per 7 children, additional adults are $7 per person.
A deposit is required to confirm your date and time of tour. All children‘s tours and programs require a reservation and are open for groups of 6 or more. Field trip policy
For more information contact the Garden office at 770-919-0248 or email


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*Cancellation Policy: Cancellations 5 or more business days prior to the program start date : refund less a processing fee of $5.  Cancellations 1 to 4 business days prior to the program start date: no refund. Programs canceled by Smith-Gilbert Gardens for any reason are fully refunded.
In case you cannot attend the Garden Stories that you registered for, we will work with you to reschedule.