Smith Gilbert Gardens, Kennesaw GA / by Chris Dahl

I have driven past the road that leads to Smith Gilbert Gardens for the past 15 years while living in Acworth. Each time I have told myself I should visit this local city garden and see what they have to offer. One day in early July my wife mentioned that she saw where the Butterfly House was open there. So I found a day to drive over and see what it was all about.

The Butterfly House is fairly small, but I found it to be large enough for the handful of visitors I saw that day. The good news for photographers is the close access to the flowers; many Butterfly Houses set the flowers back so far you really need a longer lens to get a photograph.

My whole visit lasted 3 or 4 hours, half was in the Butterfly house.

It was such a relaxing visit. I suggest we all take more time to visit the local parks and gardens. You never know what gems you will uncover.


As anyone in my family will tell you, I am no fan of Bees, any Bee. But the garden had so many flowers in this area the Bees could care less about you and how close you were. They were fine flying from flower to flower. Just setup on a flower you like and wait. A bee will be by shortly.


As I mentioned you do not have a lot of room in the Butterfly house. But you are right there with them. Be courteous of others and take your time. Let the Butterfly’s come to you, they will.


The above image has been selected to hang in the Booth Museums Downtown Gallery.

Looks great in the frame.