Butterfly House returns to Kennesaw garden

“A Garden With Wings” - with butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds on display - has opened at Smith-Gilbert Gardens (SGG), 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw.

Through Aug. 1, the exhibit features a child-friendly pollinator garden and a 2,000-square-foot butterfly house, according to a city statement, that is included with garden admission.

Requiring advance purchase, tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors ages 65+, $5 for military, university students and youths ages 3 to 17 with their families and free for SGG members and children ages 2 and younger with their families.

Visitors to the pollinator garden will see annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs that attract and support native pollinators like bumblebees, hummingbirds and butterflies.

The newly expanded butterfly house offers an up-close experience with butterflies and the opportunity to see all stages of their life cycle.

Visitors will see host plants that serve as food sources for a wide variety of caterpillars.

Tickets and COVID-19 procedures: smith-gilbert-gardens.square.site

“A Garden With Wings” is supported by SGG members and the Smith-Gilbert Gardens Foundation.

This year’s sponsors are Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Cobb EMC Community Foundation, Gentry Law Firm and Georgia Power.

SGG houses more than 4,000 species of plants on 17 acres in Kennesaw.

United by woodland paths, the gardens consist of the Bonsai Exhibit, Paladino Camellia Garden, largest crevice garden in Georgia, Rose Garden and American Conifer Society Reference Garden.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, including the Fourth of July.

Information: SmithGilbertGardens.com