Located on sixteen serene acres at 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is an oasis of art, history, and flora. Surrounding the Hiram Butler House (ca. 1882) are woodland paths threading through 3,000 species of plants. The house itself is on the National Register of Historic Homes. The gardens consist of an extensive collection of exotic and unusual plants in a naturalistic setting. Grassy meadows contain various sculptures as well as the exceptional Dale Gillett Rose Garden. Adjacent to a vegetable garden is an outstanding bonsai collection.
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. Hints of Asian design principles can be found throughout the Gardens. Bird watchers and other lovers of wildlife will also appreciate the peace and sanctuary of the naturalistic woodland surroundings. Colorful koi can be seen swimming in the two water features. 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.
For those with green thumbs and strong backs, 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 (excepting major holidays) Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 4 pm and Sundays from 11 am - 4 pm (beginning in October, the Gardens will be closed on Mondays). Smith-Gilbert is available for group tours, meetings and is able to accommodate groups up to 250 attendees with a particular focus on parties of 150 or less. Memberships are also now offered. For more information, call 770-919-0248.
Classes at Smith-Gilbert Gardens offer gardening pointers to adults & kids.
Kennesaws proud heritage is honored and remembered on the grounds of the City Cemetery.
Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will get you moving toward improved fitness and health.
Morning dog walking is invigorating and enjoyable at Swift-Cantrell Park.
City officials and business owners cut the ribbon to showcase a new opening.
Police officers start the recruiting process early.
Shop at our Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods & other items from May-October.
Mayor Mathews invites future community leaders to participate in City Council meetings.
The Police Honor Guard is specially trained to represent the department at formal functions.
The Civil War era comes to life at the Southern Museum and in annual battle re-enactments.
The annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival features a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned contest.
Gather your paints brushes or camera and get inspired at Smith-Gilbert Gardens.
Enthusiastic and dedicated staff provide first-rate support of the citys trails, parks and facilities.
Hundreds of volunteers maintain the beautiful flora at the 16 acre Smith-Gilbert Gardens.
The Citys two community parks offer families hours of recreation and relaxation.
Children celebrate Arbor Day by planting a tree in the Garden at Swift-Cantrell Park.
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park offers a bird-eye view of the city and surrounding area.
A new pedestrian underpass provides safe passage between Main St. and the Depot.
The City offers free wireless internet in parks & city facilities.
The Annual Big Shanty Festival features crafts, food, & shows attracting over 50,000 visitors.