Our mission. Our history. Our Vision.
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.
Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the ideal backdrop for special events and may be rented for weddings, private parties, showers, family functions, corporate meetings, and holiday celebrations.
To learn more about pricing and logistic information, please provide the following information when you contact us:
- Preferred date(s) for your event. Please note, in order to provide the most current, accurate information, you need to identify the date or preferred month for your event. Also, we only accept reservations 12 months in advance. We're not able to provide pricing information beyond that time period.
- Type of event you are planning.
- Estimated number of guests.
- Estimated time for your event.
Please email this information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 770.919.0248.
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