The Rose Garden at Smith-Gilbert Gardens began in 2005 as a project between the City of Kennesaw and the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County. Most of the roses were donated by the Master Gardeners and their friends; they represent many of the classes of modern roses and a few old garden roses.
The Rose Garden at Smith-Gilbert Gardens is intended to promote knowledge of and interest in roses. As a demonstration garden it provides an opportunity to educate Master Gardeners and the public in landscaping with roses, plant selection, site preparation and rose garden maintenance. It is a beautiful living biological laboratory in which Master Gardeners learn about rose diseases, rose pests and rose care. As a display garden the Rose Garden complements the existing beauty of the botanical gardens and functions as a unique setting for weddings and other events. The Rose Garden has been used to evaluate roses for the American Rose Society.
The Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County involved in the Rose Garden present programs for the community such as pruning clinics, rose gardening clinics, propagating roses, rose arranging and culinary use of roses. The public are also educated in growing roses in safe and environmentally sound methods.
The American Rose Society placed the Rose Garden at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in their Public and Private Gardens list as a site to visit. The list is noted in the Guide to U.S. Gardens.
The project meets in the Rose Garden at Smith -Gilbert Gardens on Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, Georgia, on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and at 8:30 a.m. in the summer. Gardening and educational sessions usually last one to two hours. We now are serenaded with beautiful music in the gardens; come join us.