Plan A Visit to Kennesaw’s Smith-Gilbert Gardens this Month!
Smith-Gilbert Gardens opens their seasonal butterfly exhibition, A Garden with Wings” on July 3rd. The garden features a butterfly house where guests can observe our native species including Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillaries, Tiger Swallowtails and many more.
Open seasonally during the summer, the exhibit features native butterflies and their host and nectar plants. Visitors can expect to encounter the wonder of butterflies in all stages of life, from egg to adult butterfly. Host plants such as tulip poplar and passionflower vine serve as great caterpillar watching stations, and nectar plants like lantana and butterfly weed provide awesome opportunities to watch these pollinators in action. Younger visitors can pick up a “sugar wand” and witness butterflies even closer!
From there, you can hop on over to the Southern Living Pollinator Garden, where you will find not only butterflies, but honey bees, hummingbirds, and other important pollinators at work. Both gardens showcase plants that grow well in the Georgia climate, providing the opportunity to check out what might work in your own backyard!
The Gardens are also excited to introduce their newest exhibition, “TreeMendous Play Houses: Let your Imagination Climb”. Tremendous Play Houses features a series of creative, interactive, outdoor play structures, designed and built by area students and professionals. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the exhibition runs through the end of September.
Beginning in January 2018 as a design/build competition, students and professionals were invited to submit fun outdoor play structure designs showcasing creative design and innovations in sustainability, while establishing an interactive connection with nature. The structures in the exhibition represent the fruits of these design efforts and many hours volunteered for construction.
“A Garden with Wings” and “TreeMendous Play Houses” are included in the cost of admission to the Smith-Gilbert Gardens. The gardens are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM. For more information, please visit www.smithgilbertgardens.com. Smith Gilbert Gardens is located at 2382 Pine Mountain Rd in Kennesaw 770-919-0248