Smith-Gilbert Gardens

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United States of America - Georgia - Kennesaw

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BGCI Member: No

ArbNet Accredited: Level II

About the Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a premier metro Atlanta botanical garden and learning center located in Kennesaw, Georgia. Smith-Gilbert is a collector's garden with a wide variety of plant material including different outdoor contemporary sculptures and the historic Hiram Butler House. The Gardens offer educational programs for both children and adults and includes topics such as beekeeping, rock wall building, Bonsai gardening, caring for ferns, perennial flower beds, plein air painting classes, and a whole lot more.

Main Address:
Smith-Gilbert Gardens
2382 Pine Mountain Road
Georgia 30152 United States of America

Telephone: (770) 919-0248
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Ann Parsons, Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Dave Simpson, Lead Horticulturist
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 2
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 2

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Municipal: Yes
  • Date founded: 2004
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 5 Hectares
    Latitude: 34.0092660
    Longitude: -84.6312080
    Annual Rainfall: 1270 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Yes
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 1800
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 8000
    Number of Volunteers: 150

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 3300
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 3300
  • Special Collections:Of our 3300 taxa 70 are in our bonsai display, 93 are in our rose garden and 250 represent the number of conifers planted on the grounds. Of the remaining 2887, approximately 40% are indigenous to the SE US and the remaining are exotics from other regions or countries.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes