It strikes me how we often travel long distances, often across country, or to another country, to enjoy beautiful sites, whether nature, or man made. Yet, we take for granted amazing offerings in our own “backyard.” I’ve lived within an hour of it for 20+ years, but didn’t visit Gibbs Gardens until recently. I enjoyed it so much that I bought an annual membership! It is simply a great value that offers many benefits.
Reason One to Visit Gibbs Gardens: Size!
Located in Ball Ground, GA, it is 220 acres, with 40 acres dedicated to a Japanese Garden. The Japanese Garden is often voted the most authentic outside of Japan. There is a Daffodil Garden that features over 20+ million blooms, and is the earliest showcase in the gardens. The Waterlily Garden features 140 different varieties throughout five ponds, all fed by a natural underground spring. Keep in mind all three gardens are the LARGEST of their kind in the U.S.!
Reason Two: Variety!
In addition its large size, there are many varieties of plants and flowers. For example: when you visit Gibbs Gardens: azaleas, cherry blossom trees, roses, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, ferns, crape myrtles, wildflower meadow, day lilies, and a fern dell. The variety of of foliage allows YOU to see different blooms from March through November! A bloom calendar is on the website to better time your visit. I am looking forward to seeing the Japanese Maple Fall Festival colors in October/November.
There are two main areas at Gibbs Gardens: the Manor House Gardens, and the Valley Gardens. The Manor House Gardens include the owners’ residence, and visitors may tour around the home, guest house, pool area. It provides for beautiful view of the north Georgia mountains.
Reason Three to Visit Gibbs Gardens: So Much to Do!
Not only is there a lot to view when you visit Gibbs Gardens, there is a lot to DO at Gibbs Gardens. For example:
- 18 flower festivals
- The “Twilight Series” which is live music on 10 Saturday nights in spring and fall. Beer, wine, and food is available for purchase.
- A spring and fall arts & crafts festival
- The Monet Waterlily Festival and the Fall Festival (w/ live music and food available for purchase)
- Strolling classical musicians perform on holidays, including Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day
- Plant sales occur throughout the year
Reason Four: Great Value
A wise idea is to buy a membership; it’ll allow you to attend the above events for $50, plus receive a $20 guest pass. Considering an adult admission is $20/visit, it’s a good choice! You can wait until you complete your visit before purchasing a membership. Gibbs Gardens will credit you $20 towards the $50 annual membership (do this before you leave Gibbs Gardens).
Reason Five to Visit Gibbs Gardens: Photography Heaven
I could not stop taking pictures! Everywhere I looked, I saw a photo-worthy shot. And, with the change in seasons and foliage, you can’t capture it in one visit. Again, the bloom calendar will give guidance on what’s blooming in order to time your visit(s).
Last Reason: Relaxation
Lastly, you can easily spend three-four hours covering the grounds when you pay a visit to Gibbs Gardens. Between the beauty, the ponds, the innumerable benches, bridges, waterfalls, and gazebos, it’s a wonderful way to unwind with nature. The Arbor Cafe, and gift shop on premise also help to extend your relaxing stay. This is a place where people of all ages can enjoy the Gardens, and all it has to offer.
Below are a few links that will help you plan your visit to Gibbs Gardens, a visit I do not think you’ll regret!