In a flawed attempt at garden maintenance, amateurs often construct a scarebee to deter pesky pollinators from cross-contaminating precious thoroughbred plants. Experience an expertly cultivated garden with today’s Groupon to Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get two adult gardening classes (up to a $30 value). Classes can be redeemed by one or two people.
- For $25, you get four adult gardening classes (up to a $60 value). Classes may be redeemed by one, two, three, or four people.
Sprawling out across 16 acres of verdant, wooded landscape, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is an ideal locale to sharpen green thumbs and other grass-stained digits. Amid a thriving assortment of 3,000 species, the garden’s adult programming imparts introductions to handling hypertufa, orchids, bonsai trees, and vegetable plots. During a February 4 seminar, intrepid zoologists learn to court winter hummingbirds by knitting them sweaters and tuning love songs to the frequency of their buzzing wings. Late-spring classes herald the warmer weather with a March 24 seminar about preparing a garden of perennials and a May 5 class on summer arrangements in original floral garden containers.
All classes take place in Smith-Gilbert’s vast and verdant grounds, which boast a tea house and waterfall area, rose garden, and conifer display. Before or after their lessons, students are free to wander through the garden’s sculpture collection, take the woodland walk, or mourn their childhood pet rocks at the ornate rock garden.
The first seeds were sown in 1970, but the story of Smith-Gilbert Gardens actually starts almost 150 years ago. Though the 16 acres of emerald landscape features wooded paths, evocative sculptures, and more than 3,000 species of plants, the jewel in the garden's crown is the Hiram Butler House, an Italianate and Greek Revival blend built by a celebrated 19th century railway man. Today, the house is just one of many points of interest on the estate. Outside, visitors can explore the Conifer Garden, which features small, slow-growing bushes native to the Southeastern United States, and evergreen trees that stay lush through the winter. Thirty sculptures dot the landscape of the garden, and the Camellia and Rock Gardens allow for visitors to experience diverse landscapes. A children's scavenger hunt helps keep kids busy while exploring the property and exhibits like A Garden with Wings: Butterflies and Biodiversity.