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New Family Pass for Smith-Gilbert Gardens Now Available at Cobb Libraries

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March 10, 2023

Free Family Passes for Smith-Gilbert Gardens are now offered at all Cobb County Public Library locations.

The City of Kennesaw botanical garden is a resource for conservation, education and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation. It consists of 17 acres located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road, one mile southwest of the Cobb Parkway/Pine Mountain Road intersection.

Open year-round, Smith-Gilbert Gardens includes plant collections, 15 garden areas, 32 sculptures, an Art Gallery, Gift Shop and the Hiram Butler Home. A centerpiece of the gardens, the circa 1880 house was owned by Butler, a Confederate railroad man, who worked the lines most of his life and was present at the Andrews Raid in 1862, also known as the Great Locomotive Chase. 

“We are pleased to add another local cultural institution to our growing list of Family Pass providers. These passes give residents a chance to explore educational and recreational opportunities for free once a year, and perhaps spark a lifelong interest in everything from horticulture, to art, to history,” Terri Tresp, Division Director of Branch Services.

Each Cobb County library has one pass available for checkout for up to four people to receive free admission to the gardens. The pass, which Cobb library cardholders can check out for one week and may be renewed for an additional week, is good for general admission only and is not valid for admission to special events or exhibits.

Regular hours for Smith-Gilbert Gardens are 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday-Saturday. For information, visit