Jim Gibbs’ Gift to the World

The brochure calls Gibbs Gardens “Georgia’s Secret Garden”. I hope they didn’t print too many… they’ll have to edit very soon!

For 30+ years, Jim Gibbs has been planning, planting and creating his 220 acre world-class garden in the North Cherokee County Georgia countryside. It was finally ready to introduce to the public on March 1, 2012. Since then, thousands have visited and been awestruck.

50 Acres of Daffodils are at Their Prime in the Spring

Daffodils, rhododendrons, daylilies, crape myrtle, roses, meadows of wildflowers, and hosts of floral bounty have their season at Gibbs Gardens. Millions of  daffodils awed and amazed visitors during March. And Mr. Gibbs told us that every two weeks, the landscape changes. The rhododendrons’ buds were plump. They’ll be next.

Gardens surround the Manor House

The Manor House Gardens were spectacular. And the numerous hydrangea varieties, still dormant in March, look as if they will be a sight for sore eyes when they bloom. The Lord & Lady have an ideal view of heaven on earth from their floor to ceiling windows.

Still, quiet, peaceful

The 40+ acre Japanese Gardens, the largest in the nation, evoke peace and stillness. Conversation about emptying one’s mind completely seemed exactly right among the seven spring-fed ponds, massive boulders & rocks, and statuary.

This post barely scratches the surface of all Gibbs Gardens offers… not a mention of the Monet Bridge and Waterlily Gardens nor of the sculptures nor of the trees…but if you are on Facebook, enjoy Nancy Cann’s album from our day at Gibbs Gardens.

There is no doubt that a high percentage of visitors end their adventure by buying Season Passes. And, remember, if you buy your Season Pass the day you first come to Gibbs Gardens, you can roll your admission fee into the cost of the Pass.


Gibbs Gardens

1998 Gibbs Drive

Ball Ground Georgia 30107


Opened Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am-5pm, March 1-November 30

Admission: $20 – A; $18 – ages 4-17 & 65 and older




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