Spring is just around the corner–and there was much rejoicing!–and we’ve got the perfect suggestion for a sunny day outing: Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Sixteen beautiful acres filled with thousands of species of plants, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a little piece of heaven in the middle of Kennesaw.
Follow wooded paths through the emerald grounds to a Bonsai exhibit, a rose garden, a tea house and a camellia garden. During your visit, take a break near the waterfall to let the relaxing sounds soothe your soul.
Be on the lookout for the collection of contemporary sculptures thoughtfully positioned throughout the Gardens. End your visit with a tour through the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880). For the ultimate experience, come on a Saturday for one of their scheduled tours.
Whether you’re on the lookout for an educational nature walk with your kiddos (a special “gather ‘n grow” garden includes vegetable beds and whimsical elements like chime arbors, bubble pools and animal topiaries) or a quiet afternoon with just your thoughts (and some gorgeous scenery), Smith-Gilbert Gardens is sure to be your go-to happy place this spring.
But, wait! There is more.
On March 21st, the Garden is hosting “Tea Time with Alice in Wonderland.” Your child can become a guest at a “very, merry un-birthday”-style tea party hosted by one of their most beloved storybook characters, Alice in Wonderland! Mini-cupcakes, cookies, and “tea” (served in mis-matched teacups, of course), will be the treat of the day as Alice mingles with guests and shares her wildly unusual experiences while lost in Wonderland! Each guest will also make a small craft to take home in memory of their visit. (Note: Limited seating. Reservations required.)
And, if tea parties aren’t you’re child’s, well, cup of tea? Check out Garden Stories, a chance for children to enjoy stories in a garden setting. Your child will discover the wonderful outdoor world through movement, music, and play. At the end of the program, a craft will allow young sprouts to take home a piece of their outdoor adventure. (Kids and caretakers are welcome to explore the garden after story time.)
And, because why should the kids have all the fun, there is a Tower Gardening Workshop happening on Saturday, March 28. Experts will help turn even the brownest thumb green with their advice on how to grow a farmer’s market (really!) on your back patio. During the class, the folks at Smith-Gilbert Garden will show you how, with limited space, you can grow vegetables, herbs and even fruit with a vertical, aeroponic garden. Fresh fruits and veggies within arm’s reach with minimal dirt required? Sign us up!
General Garden Info:
where: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw 30152
hours: Operating days are Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm.
cost: Adults, $7; Seniors (age 60+) or Active Military (with ID), $6; Children, ages 6-12, $5; Children, ages 5 and younger, free.
For more information, call 770-919-0248 or visit their website.
Tea Time with Alice in Wonderland
when: March 21st from 1:00 – 2:30 PM
recommended ages: 4 – 12 years old
attire: As dressy or un-dressy as you like, but flat close-toed shoes, please.
when: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, beginning in February, at 10:30 AM.
Recommended ages: 3 – 6 (caregiver must stay with child).
Cost for SGG member child is $5. Cost for first non-member child is$7, with additional participating children being $5. Pre-registration is recommended.
Adult Tower Gardening Workshop
when: Saturday, March 28 from 10 am to noon.
cost: SGG Members: $8, Non-Members: $15