Smith Gilbert Gardens in United States

Hiram Butler House and Perennial Garden

A gardener's delight If you are a gardener or just want to get ideas for your landscape, this is a wonderful example of plants that thrive in Georgia.

A good venue for avid gardeners or bonsai enthusiasts We visited on a Saturday during the late-summer drought. So I'll admit up front that this was probably not the best time to visit.

kids loved it For living in the area as long as I have, I'm surprised I had not heard of this place before. While not a huge place, it was a perfect size to take the kids to. They loved the butterfly exhibit and the koi ponds.

With a variety of plantings, the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880) and 31 sculptures, Smith-Gilbert Gardens has something for everyone. At the center of Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the historic Hiram Butler House, dating back over 150 years. The house was once owned by Mr. Butler, a Confederate railroad man, who worked the lines most of his life and was present during the "Great Locomotive Chase." In 1970, Mr. Richard Smith and Dr. Robert Gilbert bought the Hiram Butler House and surrounding acreage in Kennesaw, Georgia. Over the following 35 years, they realized their dream of developing the house and grounds, with an emphasis on unique plantings and thoughtfully positioned sculpture. Now open to the public, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is 16 acres of serene setting with over 3,000 species of plants, several rare in American gardens. United by woodland paths, the Gardens consist of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination. These include the Bonsai Exhibit, Palladino Camellia Garden, tea house and waterfall area, Rose Garden, and Conifer Display. Our Garden is a proud member of various horticultural groups including the American Conifer, American Daffodil, American Hosta and the Southeastern Camellia societies. We are also a designated wildlife habitat by the Atlanta Audubon Society. Both our Rose Garden and the Conifer Collection have received special recognition as places to visit by their respective societies.


Address 2382 Pine Mountain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152-4127

Phone +1 770-919-0248


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