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 Gibbs Gardens for almost 20 years, but didn’t visit it until recently. I enjoyed it so much that I bought an annual membership, and look forward to visiting again many times this year.
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: 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 to make the most of your evening.
- Two arts & crafts festivals, one in spring, the other in fall.
- The Monet Waterlily Festival and the Fall Festival (with live music and food available to purchase)
- Strolling classical musicians perform on holidays, including Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day
- Plant sales throughout the year
Reason Four to Visit Gibbs Gardens: Awesome Value
A smart idea is to buy a membership. It allows you to attend the above events when you visit Gibbs Gardens for $50, plus receive a $20 guest pass. Considering an adult admission is $20/visit, it’s a great 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: Photography Heaven
When I visit Gibbs Gardens, I can’t stop taking pictures! Everywhere I look, I see a photo-worthy shot. And, with the change in seasons and foliage, it is impossible to capture it all in one visit. Again, the bloom calendar will give guidance on what’s blooming in order to time your visit(s).
Reason 6: 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 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 you won’t regret!