Don’t you just love daffodils? They have been my favorite spring flower since childhood. I love them sooo much I wrote a post about them a couple of years ago here and told you a little about North America’s largest planting of them at Gibbs Gardens here in Georgia. Well a couple of weeks ago we finally got to make a trip there, and I finally had the opportunity to see all those beautiful yellow daffodils. 🙂
Landscaper Jim Gibbs, the man who developed the gardens, spent 15 years traveling all over the world studying the styles of various gardens. Once he determined what he wanted to create, he then spent a number of years searching for the perfect piece of property for his project. He found that property outside Ball Ground, Georgia. At 220 acres, Gibbs Gardens is now one of the largest residential estate gardens in the United States.
Gift Shop inside Welcome Center
Mr. Gibbs spent 32 years making the gardens into what he wanted them to be, and then in 2012 he opened them to share with the public. There are a number of structures on the property. The first one you come to is the Welcome Center where you purchase your tickets, and you can also visit the gift shop there.
Once you have your ticket, you can begin walking the paths that wind throughout the gardens or you can take a tram. We chose to walk. The next building we approached was the Arbor Cafe where lunch and snacks were sold. We passed it by early in the day but returned later for one of their delicious sandwiches and a slice of pound cake.
The number of daffodils was amazing! The 100 different varieties are planted on about 50 acres of the property, and they bloom from early March through mid-April (with about 20 million blooms!)
The dogwoods and cherry blossoms were also beginning to flower when we visited.
We couldn’t have picked a better day to go. The weather was simply gorgeous, and since it was mid-week there were not a lot of people touring the gardens.
The property has a stream that flows right through the middle of it. Mr. Gibbs added 19 waterfalls, 24 ponds, and 32 bridge crossings (and the gazebo you see below.)
Even though we went to see the daffodils (and I really did enjoy seeing them) my favorite part of the gardens was the Grandchildren’s Garden. The Gibbs have 11 grandchildren, and they collected sculptures of children to represent them.
One is reading a book.
One is playing a flute.
One is releasing a goose.
Others are riding on the back of a sea turtle…
while 2 are fishing from a log.
And there are a couple more sculptures in that garden that I did not photograph (just in case you are counting the children. 🙂 )
Beyond the Grandchildren’s Garden and all the daffodils you will find the Manor House.
You approach it under an arbor.
The European styled home sits 150 feet above the Valley Gardens on the highest ridge in the county.
There are seven terraces around the home and pool.
Although the house is not open for touring, I was able to take two photos of the inside through the windows. (Yes, shameless I know. 🙁 ) There are gorgeous herringbone patterned brick floors inside.
And right outside one of the doors was this sculpture.
Isn’t it just precious?!
Our daughter’s favorite gardens were the 40 acres of Japanese Gardens, the largest in the United States.
Mr. Gibbs incorporated millions of existing ferns into these gardens that have 7 spring-fed ponds and bridges.
He also added boulders and Japanese lanterns.
The things to see at Gibbs Gardens changes with the seasons. There is something different in bloom each month. By now the azaleas should be starting to bloom. And I didn’t even tell you about the Monet Waterlily Garden with over 140 different varieties of waterlilies! If you are anywhere near the north Georgia area, I hope you will have an opportunity to visit the gardens. No matter what the season, you are sure to find beauty there. 🙂
I had hoped to get this post out earlier today, but it has been hard to pull away from all the weather news around here. I hope you are safe from the storms that have torn through so much of our country in the last few days and that a wonderful weekend is in store for you. Stay dry and enjoy the beauty of spring! 🙂
Until next time…
(when I have a fun birthday party to share with you!)