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Travel Talk: Gibbs Gardens

Gibbs Gardens welcome centerDon’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. 🙂

Gibbs Garden window boxes

Welcome Center

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.

Gibbs Garden gift shopGift 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.

Gibbs Garden gift shop displayOnce 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.

Gibbs Garden Arbor CafeThe 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!)

Gibbs Garden daffodil varietiesThe dogwoods and cherry blossoms were also beginning to flower when we visited.

Gibbs Garden daffodils by pathWe 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.

Gibbs Garden daffodilsThe 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.)

Gibbs Garden gazeboEven 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.

Gibbs Garden bench sculptureOne is playing a flute.

Gibbs Garden flute sculptureOne is releasing a goose.

Gibbs Garden geese sculptureOthers are riding on the back of a sea turtle…

Gibbs Garden tortoise sculpturewhile 2 are fishing from a log.

Gibbs Garden water sculptureAnd 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.

Gibbs Garden walk to manor houseThe European styled home sits 150 feet above the Valley Gardens on the highest ridge in the county.

Gibbs Garden manor house exteriorThere are seven terraces around the home and pool.

Gibbs Garden manor house poolAlthough 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.

Gibbs Garden manor house interior

Gibbs Garden manor house dining roomAnd right outside one of the doors was this sculpture.
Isn’t it just precious?!

Gibbs Garden manor house sculptureOur daughter’s favorite gardens were the 40 acres of Japanese Gardens, the largest in the United States.

Gibbs Gardens Japanese water gardenMr. Gibbs incorporated millions of existing ferns into these gardens that have 7 spring-fed ponds and bridges.

Gibbs Garden Japanese water gardenHe also added boulders and Japanese lanterns.

Gibbs Garden Japanese water gardensThe 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!)

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Design Chic - April 7, 2016 - 12:41 am

What a beautiful place, Kelly and daffodils are a favorite. When I see them in bloom, I know Spring has arrived…hope you’re having a great week!

Donnie - April 5, 2016 - 12:48 pm

Well, I am certainly adding this to my list of want to visit places. Not too far from Tallahassee or our oldest and his family outside of Atlanta. Thanks for sharing, had never heard of these gardens, but truly want to visit. Thank you for sharing.

Merri Jo - April 4, 2016 - 2:17 pm

I saved this to open for when I had plenty of time to savor it–I am so glad I did! As always, your photos are so beautiful. And the gardens, sculptures, buildings are breathtaking! Thank you so very much for sharing, Kelly.

Design Chic - April 4, 2016 - 1:22 pm

What a beautiful place to spend the day! Just love daffodils – adding to my bucket list! Happy Monday, Kelly!

Kaye Ann - April 4, 2016 - 11:00 am

Daffodils just scream spring, my favorite season!! So I love them and Tulips too. I had no idea this was a place you could go and enjoy the Daffodils and from the sounds of it, other flowers that are in season. Thanks for the tip; I hope to retire soon and just may get to see some of these amazing places.

Cindy - April 4, 2016 - 12:52 am

Oh My! I LOVE DAFFODILS! TOO! They are sooo unique! I have some miniature ones on my window ledge mixed in with my green ivy! They are adorable! Love your post!

Jenn - April 3, 2016 - 10:42 am

What a beautiful spot! Those statues are wonderful. Thank you for sharing this with us. -Jenn

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - April 3, 2016 - 6:34 am

Hi Kelly! Such a whimsical garden!Daffodils are such beautiful and joyfull Spring flowers 🙂 My husband and I really love visiting gardens too, it’s always a great way to have so much inspiration for our own garden!
I wish you a beautiful day!

Peggy - April 3, 2016 - 12:32 am

What beautiful gardens! I wish Mr. Gibbs had come to my house. The daffodils are beautiful. They are definitely the harbinger of spring. I love the naturalized plantings. The sculptures are such a touch of whimsy. I have to ask. Are the trees behind the boy reading on the bench crepe myrtles? I have a love affair with them since I can’t seem to get them to grow here.
And thank you for the inside peeks. That brick herring bone floor is just delicious!
Yes Peggy, I do believe those chopped off trees are crepe myrtles. They will branch back out and bloom again through the summer.

Joan - April 2, 2016 - 11:30 pm

Thanks for sharing these lovely gardens with us. Our daffodils are long gone now, but they are always so welcome first thing in the Spring.
One of your readers (Louvina) mentioned that some scenes from “Miracles from Heaven” had been filmed there. I urge you and all your readers that want to see a beautiful and touching TRUE story
…..go see it on the big screen. Take your kleenex….it is emotional but NOT SAD. In fact, we cried because we were so Happy.

Sandy in FWB - April 2, 2016 - 8:58 pm

What a beautiful place. I will have to remember it and add it to our trip list.The sculptures of the grandchildren is a cute idea. I am so glad you took a peak inside those windows. I am in love with that brick floor. At our previous home that we built back in the 80’s I had a brick floor in the kitchen. It was probably my favorite feature of that house. I love that dining room rug as well. It is always fun to look into homes like that. Thanks for sharing.

Garden, Home and Party - April 2, 2016 - 8:19 pm

This is amazing. I would love to tour the grounds of this garden. Thank you for taking us along. It’s the next best thing to the actual garden.

Marianne in Mo. - April 2, 2016 - 5:25 pm

Love a garden tour, and this did not disappoint! Gave me an idea for a portion of our property that will be unusable — plant it with daffodils! It’s a sloped, rough and rocky area, and I wondered how hubs would maintain it. What a perfect idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Keith Newberry - April 2, 2016 - 5:20 pm

This looks like a really neat place!!! Where is the honeybee yard?? They would love all the flowers!!

Caroline - April 2, 2016 - 3:53 pm

This is a lovely post! I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Gibbs Garden a couple of years ago and loved it! I was super excited to see it again through your blog! Thanks for sharing!

Sherry - April 2, 2016 - 11:21 am

Well, you have successfully made my Saturday. We awoke to dreary skies here in Eastern NC this morning expecting possible severe weather like you had yesterday. So glad you all dodged the worst. Thank you for this delightful post. It creates such a desire to visit Gibbs Gardens. I loved the picturesque landscaping. I cannot imagine living in that beautiful home overlooking all those gorgeous daffodils and flowering trees and bushes. What ingenuity! I hope Mr. Gibbs’s grandchildren will care for it one day and love it as much as he does. The land he purchased is definitely the epitome of the phrase, “bloom where you’re planted.”
Thank you for the tour. Your pictures are beautiful. I want to go!

Dawn - April 2, 2016 - 10:59 am


The gardens look really pretty and peaceful. I love the last sculpture with the child and dog. That is too precious. I am glad you snapped the photo of the inside of the home. That herringbone brick floor is exquisite. Thanks for sharing it all with us. Take care.


Mary Ellen Breitwiser - April 2, 2016 - 9:39 am

Wonderful! Friends of mine who live near Atlanta just posted some of their daffodil photos on Facebook. This place is a national treasure. Thank you so much for sharing your explorations in decorating with us.

Elaine - April 2, 2016 - 9:25 am

Thanks for sharing! I am a bit “up the road” from you and must confess that I have never been to Gibbs – tho I really want to go. I’ve heard that “style” of pruning Crepe Myrtles called “Crepe Murder” and it certainly is. Maybe some people find it much easier to prune that way? It is very labor intensive to do it correctly as you know. And next year when you are on your “daffodil tour” be sure to go to Oakland Cemetery – founded 1850 – in Atlanta to see their daffs. The GA Daffodil Society has a show in early March and Oakland does too. That is such a wonderful cemetery [Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones (golfer)]and many other famous people are buried there. LOVE your blog!!!
Thank you for your sweet words about the blog and your recommendation for Oakland Cemetery, Elaine. We will certainly look at adding it to our travels next spring if we can. I had not heard of it before, but it sounds like something we should see.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Debra - April 2, 2016 - 9:08 am

Thank you for this beautiful share this morning Kelly, as we are just now having snow flurries, a 30 degree wake up and 45mph winds this afternoon. Ugh! I love daffodils as well. I don’t have enough of them in our yard. Oh what fun you have… I would love a road trip down south to see this in person. Adding to the bucket list.

martha - April 2, 2016 - 8:34 am

How beautiful! What an interesting man, to travel for ideas and spend so much time planning a garden. How old was he when he began this quest? I love the natural plantings, but was appalled at the way the crepe myrtles were pruned! I would have thought someone with such knowledge would know better. I also love the the polished brick floor, thanks for being a peeping Tom. You have opened my eyes to so many wonderful places to visit, but this one is going right to the top of the list!!!
I don’t know how old he was when he started…maybe 30’s? He was there when we visited, but I cannot tell the age of people by looking at them. Sorry. 🙁 The pruning is done like that by everyone around here. I hate it too. I wonder what would happen if you didn’t prune them like that.
Happy to show you a new place to visit! Have a great weekend Martha. 🙂

Tricia - April 2, 2016 - 8:21 am

What a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Nothing more welcoming than spring flowers.
Amen! It was very lovely!

Louvina - April 2, 2016 - 8:09 am

Our weather alert got us up early and I have been concerned about your weather during the night– hope all is well. Never heard of this wonderful place you got to visit! I so love the spring bulb flowers ( which do not do well here in central FL) plus the redbuds/dogwood trees. I truly want to go to Gibb’s Gardens!! I jumped over to their website and got on their newsletter– also saw where the scenes of Heaven from the Jennifer Gardner’s movie “Miracles from Heaven” were filmed there! Saw the movie and would recommend it to your followers. Thank you for this wonderful spring trip!! It has truly started a stormy day off in the right direction. Stay safe and hoping the spring storms are kind to our country. Peace and love to you and yours!🙏💐🌷💕
We were up with the severe weather/tornado watch/tornado warnings yesterday morning. You need to check out this video from the air force base here: The video even made the CBS evening news. They had a lot of damage at one end of Warner Robins, but our area just had a ton of rain. Our little ditch beside the house looked like a river complete with its waterfall. 🙂 So we were lucky.
I have been wanting to see that movie, even though I have heard it is a BIG tear-jerker. I did not know Gibbs Gardens was in that movie! Thanks for the info.
You stay safe too! It is supposed to be clearing and pretty here by the afternoon.

Rosemary - April 2, 2016 - 7:02 am

Hi …me again! Just popped back to say how much I loved the herringbone patterned flooring, window and door styles and the staircase in the house at Gibbs Garden …so thank you, for peaking in and taking some pictures! 🙂
You are welcome. I just knew I HAD to get at least a couple of interior shots for all of you house lovers. 🙂
Have a good weekend! (And get over that cold!)

Rosemary - April 2, 2016 - 6:49 am

Hi Kelly …what a wonderful place to spend a day …Ive added Gibbs Gardens to my list of places I must visit when we come to Georgia. I love daffodils too …sign of warm, sunny days to come …I have a large yellow jug in my kitchen full of them. They look so bright and cheery! I’m feeling rough at the moment, due to a cold 🙁 can’t complain it’s the first I’ve had in 7 months! Anyway, it’s a great opportunity to chill (pardon the pun) and travel vicariously, courtesy of your blog 🙂 Dreaming about staying on Topsail Island at Idyl-by-the-sea …. Just perfect!
Almost booked some time at Edson Hill in Stowe after reading about your stay but as we’ve only a night or two and arriving late I thought we d stay where we can leave the car and walk around the town. So looking at The Green Mountain Inn. Hoping to have a meal at Edson Hills restaurant though!! 🙂 Do you have any other recommendations of restaurants in Stowe?
I hope alls well with you and your family …have a lovely weekend.
Yes, add it to your Georgia visit list Rosemary. You will love it! I’m so sorry a cold has gotten you. Not good! Allergies are normally our big problem around here at this time of year. I hope you get over it quickly.
You are right that Edson Hill would not allow you to walk around town easily. So you are better off staying in town for that. The only other place we ate there was a pizza place, so I am afraid I have no other suggestions for you. Just ask the locals. There are a lot of good places there! 🙂

Cindy T - April 2, 2016 - 12:19 am

I love daffodils too, where we live now my children are the 4th generation and my Granny had planted daffodils but when I was a little girl I always called them Easter flowers, and they are still blooming. I would love to visit Gibbs garden, it looks amazing!
What a sweet story Cindy! Love it! Easter flowers are a good name for them (especially when Easter comes as early as it did this year. 🙂 )

Leslie Anne - April 1, 2016 - 11:25 pm

I’m crazy for daffodils and they’ve long been my favorite, so I don’t know why in the world I’ve never known about Gibbs Gardens! You are so clever! I’ve now got it on my agenda for next year and can’t wait to see it! (I’m not fond of how they butcher their crepe myrtles, but that’s another story). Glad you had a good time. This was the perfect prelude to a beautiful spring!
Yes it was. 🙂 I do hope you get to visit there. It is gorgeous in any season, but I am a big fan of daffodils too so March was my choice of when to visit. If you go, the North Georgia Outlets are only about 30 minutes from there (with a Pottery Barn Outlet) for fun shopping. You can’t get much better than gardens and shopping, right?! 🙂

Our Easter and the Spring Home Tour 2016 – Part 2

Easter giftsWelcome back for part 2 of the Spring Home Tour!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.  Ours was nice and relaxing…a fun visit with an out of town friend that I have known for a very long time and his wife, church on Sunday, a lunch on the porch, and a rainy afternoon.

porchI saved the porch for this part of the tour because I had my fingers crossed that we could have our Easter lunch out there.  Those weather people had predicted thunderstorms for Sunday afternoon, but the severe storms never came. Thank goodness. We dined with the sound of a nice…slow…steady…rain…making it rather cozy.

screened porch yellow and blackYou can see that the black and yellow color scheme from the other rooms and the dark botanical prints have made it out to the porch as well.  A couple of old bunnies from Target were added to the “garden” mix just for a bit of spring time fun.

Easter vignette

porch wickerI wanted to show you two versions of that arrangement over the porch desk.  The one on the left has some of the Pottery Barn botanical plates that I hung first.  But it just looked too busy to me.   So I then tried it out with the simple white plates.  Which version do you like better?

wall arrangementsNot being very brave when it comes to patterns, I ended up leaving it with the plain white.  But that’s just me….you are probably more courageous. 🙂

garden tool wall arrangementBut I was brave with the table setting.
There is nothing plain about it and that bright yellow!

Easter table settingI found a set of tiny garden tools at Hobby Lobby and thought they would be perfect with all the flowers.  So I wrapped up small boxes of Whitman samplers and tied the “tools” on them for Easter treats.

Easter party favor

Easter tablescapeFor our lunch on the porch, the beverages, salads, and dessert were set out on the buffet table while the hot foods were served inside.

Easter table and buffet

Easter buffet and chalkboardMy Easter chalkboard for this year…
(One of my favorite hymns. 🙂 )

Easter chalkboard

Easter drinks salads and dessert

Easter party favor candy with garden toolsOur menu consisted of a strawberry and spinach salad, fruit cups, Quiche Lorraine, rosemary roasted new potatoes, roasted asparagus, biscuits with country ham, and coconut cake.  Unfortunately, I really really charred the asparagus.  I liked it because I like things very well done, but no one else did. 🙁  Oh well, there were plenty of other things to eat. 🙂  I did take one photo of the quiche out on the porch.  (The lighting was better out there.)

quiche for Easter

You can see the pie shell was a premade one.  I just sat it in the other dish because it was more sturdy when moving it in and out of the oven.  (And of course it looked better. 🙂 )

The delicious honey for our biscuits came from my out of town friend.  He is a beekeeper, and the honey was a sneak peek at the wedding favor for his daughter’s upcoming marriage.

Easter brunchYep, that’s my burnt asparagus in the photo.
I seem to be quite talented with burning foods lately!

I also wanted you to see the Easter baskets I put together for our grown children just in case you could use some of the ideas for next year.  Our son in Seattle does a lot of hiking, so the basket on the left was for him.  Our law school son is going to Alaska before he starts his summer job, so the basket on the right was for him.  Both had trail food, an outdoor magazine, a National Geographic guide book, an adventure notebook, and a gift card to REI.

Easter baskets for teenage boysI found a bucket at Target that perfectly matches our daughter’s apartment bedroom, so it was the starting point for her Easter “basket.”  She has a beach trip coming up soon, so the Mary Kay Andrews book seemed like a fun thing for that.  I added some lip gloss, several different chocolate candies, and a Gap gift card.

Easter basket for teenage girls

Our daughter was home for Easter, but I had to ship the boys their goodies because they could not be here.

Easter baskets for teenagers

I mentioned that it rained all day Sunday.  Well Saturday was drizzly and cloudy the entire day..until around 7:00.  At that point the sun came out for just a bit, and I grabbed my camera.  Our daughter and I drove to my parents’ house and took a few photos of their yard.  I want to show you their azaleas.

azaleas and dogwoodsThis is just a tiny part of their yard.

Our daughter took this next photo.

azaleas and boxwoodAlthough you don’t see many azaleas in this next one, I thought you would like their boxwood bordered path.
It’s my favorite part of their yard.

boxwoodsWhen we returned home, I took a couple of photos of our azaleas.  You can see that I do not share my mother’s love for pink.  Our azaleas are all white…the snow variety, and they have not fully blossomed yet.  (They start their blooms at the bottom of the plant.)  In another week, they should be at their peak.

snow azaleas

I hope the flowers are blooming in your area and that Easter marked the beginning of the season of all-things-new for you.  Because that is the promise of Easter – making all things new. 🙂

There is a real-deal super huge garden I want to share with you later this week.  We visited it a couple of weeks ago, and it was amazing.  Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today, and I hope to see you back here soon.

Until next time…

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Merri Jo - March 30, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Your decor is so lovely, Kelly. The floral is so pretty & fresh, and the black & yellow are stunning! Your parents’ azaleas took my breath away–one of the many things I love about visiting the south. Here in Chicagoland, my daffodils & sweet violets are blooming beauties. We had so much fun watching our 4 grandsons delightedly open their baskets &’hunt for eggs, giggling the entire time….and the most unforgettable blessing of our Easter was a precious new granddaughter born at 5:07am!! Her name is Hope. 💕
That is just wonderful about your newest grandchild…and Hope is the perfect name for an Easter baby. 🙂 Belated congratulations to you and your family!

Linda E. - March 30, 2016 - 6:18 pm

awesome as always !!!! I LOVE color….soooooo, when I seen those botanical plates on the wall, OMGOSH !!!!!!! LOVE it, no plain white for me……now if you had white dishes and a lot of other white going on in the room, yes

Peggy Bryant - March 29, 2016 - 6:51 pm

Kelly, As always you’re so inspirational. I love the flowered plates. You might want to try your fresh flowers in one color to tone things down. Hugs, Peggy

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - March 29, 2016 - 4:07 pm

Hi Kelly! I hope you spent a fabulous Easter! Love the baskets you made for your children! And the azaleas too! 🙂 The Spring is still very shy here and there are still no flower or foliage on the trees. Impatient to see them coming back!
I wish you a very nice (and sunny) day!
PS: definitely the white plates, in my opinion! 😉


Cindy T - March 29, 2016 - 4:04 pm

Hi Kelly! Absolutely love this color scheme! Yellow is such a happy color and love the other colors with it. Love your ideas for the Easter baskets. That gives me some ideas for next Easter.. my children are grown too but thetrey is always something for Easter! Looking forward to your next blog.. better than a magazine!

Debra - March 29, 2016 - 10:08 am

Belated Happy Easter wishes Kelly. Loved your new plates and those fun little garden tools to adorn your sweets. You know how I love your porch. I think I liked the floral plates best, but a light yellow as another reader suggested, to put above your desk would have my vote as well. Your meal looked scrumptious. I need your recipe for that, “puffed” quiche. My favorite. It was my husband’s treat to take the family out for Easter brunch. I did not do Easter baskets but only for the twin grandchildren. I did find some cute Chinese food containers at Walmart and I filled these for adults. They were so cute with polka dots and a chalkboard egg on the side. We were blessed with good weather here in the Midwest. We were able to do the traditional egg hunt with the grandkids at a local farm on Saturday. We also did one in our back yard as well. Your parents yard was wonderful. Nothing is blooming here yet 🙁 …still waiting. Thank you for this holiday share. 🙂

Rosemary - March 29, 2016 - 2:47 am

Hi Kelly ..I hope you and your family had a very happy and peaceful Easter.
Once again everything in your home looks gorgeous and your parents garden is amazing …I can just close my eyes and imagine walking through it, stopping at the bench to admire the azaleas! I think thic colour scheme in your porch could be my favourite yet. I can see the yellow being perfect for summer too. I thought I preferred the white plates but the more I looked I felt as though something was missing! Whereas the flowered ones seem to compliment the fresh flowers perfectly. I love that you do baskets for your children …especially as you have to post them! I especially like how your daughters is in the colours of her room …that post is still one of my favourites.
Thanks for sharing it all …. have a good week 🙂

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 28, 2016 - 11:08 pm

Beautiful tour Kelly….love the combination of the black and yellow..the brunch looks amazing…Join the crowd on the burning thing…..your home and property is just beautiful…and love the creativeness of the Easter baskets.

Gail McCooeye - March 28, 2016 - 9:47 pm

I love the floral plates, but the white ones look less busy. Yellow ones would have looked good as well. I have to ask where you store all your stuff in the off-season?

I look forward so much to every one of your posts.
Hi Gail!
I store the “seasonal” stuff in big tubs in our attic that are each labeled with the month they belong with. I store all the plates and other dishes in the dining room cabinet and the kitchen island. The linens are also in the island. You can see all of that here: I was just looking at some plates in Homegoods the other day…had them in my shopping cart…and then decided that I did NOT need any more dishes. 🙂
Thank you for your question!

Jeanne bell - March 28, 2016 - 7:38 pm

I l!ike the floral print plates and they look beautiful with the fresh flowers, BUT…I would have gone with the white plates too. I need to try to get out of my comfort zone more. Your house looked beautiful and I liked the yellow and black combination. Happy Easter!

Julie in Asheville - March 28, 2016 - 6:32 pm

Hi Kelly – It’s been a while since I’ve written but always jump for joy when I see an email from you. Love everything you do. I’m in recovery from my second knee replacement and have been out of the loop for a few weeks. How special to do Easter baskets for your grown children. I think mine stopped at about age 9! However, I do have one question, which is rather silly: Has your son in Seattle run into Mick Dodge on any of his hikes? Mick lives in the far NW section of Washington where I’m sure many people like to hike. Oh, I agree, the white plates look lovely.
Hi Julie! I hope your recovery from surgery is going well and that you are up and moving around well by now. I asked my son your question (which was not silly at all 🙂 ) and he said that he has not run into him. But Mick Dodge does live in the very area that my son loves best for hiking, the area around Olympic National Park. In fact, when we make our trip to the Pacific Northwest we will be hiking and exploring that area ourselves. So I will keep an eye out for him myself. LOL (The park is HUGE so I am sure seeing him will be very unlikely.)
Hope you have a good weekend!

Garden, Home and Party - March 28, 2016 - 5:18 pm

What a lovely lunch. I haven’t made a quiche in a while and I love them, I think you’ve inspired me to make one this week.

The little rake and shovels that adorned the small gifts were so cute.

Peggy - March 28, 2016 - 4:51 pm

Can’t get enough yellow and black and white gingham! Your table setting is gorgeous. And I may have a touch of flower envy. The azaleas are beautiful and I like ve the white. I don’t see azaleas here.

Gina - March 28, 2016 - 4:48 pm

What a wonderful Easter weekend you had! Your porch is always beautiful!! I love the black and yellow together. And your meal looks delish, “crisped” 😉 asparagus and all. 🙂 Love the adult Easter baskets. You always have the best ideas! And those azaleas!! Gorgeous! When I picture Georgia that is what I imagine!! Thankfully I think mine are going to survive after being severely damaged two winters ago. I saw a few little pink blooms at the bottom yesterday. 🙂

Marijean Jenson - March 28, 2016 - 4:17 pm

WOW ! That is absolutely gorgeous. I love every single thing, including the burnt asparagus. I actually prefer mine that way, :). I may just host a brunch next year!

Bonnie Schulte - March 28, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Your home and your yard is beautiful, and the porch is so cozy and warm. I would spend hours there, if it was mine. As for the plates on the wall, I would leave the floral plates hanging there. The white are very nice, but I’ve seen that look, so many times before.. the floral plates make a statement, and I’m all for doing that. They are different, so very pretty, and something we won’t see on another blog. Your style is very unique, and I would not be afraid to show that off. Thanks so much for sharing your home, your parent’s yard, and a wonderful Easter dinner with us…Felt like I was there with you..except no Easter basket with my name on it. (grin) Love your blog……

Marianne in Mo. - March 28, 2016 - 4:01 pm

I really liked your yellow/white/black/flower theme. A nice change of pace from all the pastel Easter colors.
And who hasn’t seared the asparagus at least once or seven? That’s how my hubs always does them on the grill! So I learned to quick-saute’ them in olive oil, salt and pepper. I mix it all in a bowl, then into the hot pan to sear. That way the oil only coats the veggies, not the pan. Bonus points if you use cast iron!
We had a low key dinner at my hubs’ sisters, just our generation this year. My girls spent the weekend together at my daughters’ in Texas, so they and my grands were together, minus my SIL who is deployed. Glad they decided to not worry about us old folks and be together with each other instead. It made me happy to know they were together!

Cindy - March 28, 2016 - 3:42 pm

Love your table setting and the packages with the little garden tools!! Sooooo cute!! Also the Easter basket idea is great! Love the sidebar too! Great job! You are very talented!

Linda Miller - March 28, 2016 - 2:08 pm

I think I would go with the white plates also but the Pottery Barn plates are so pretty maybe you could go with all green florals in the basket. Then you could use the floral plates. Love the colors. You inspired me to use red and yellow for Easter instead of pastels.

Love the lunch. Some of my favorites! We just returned from winter in St. Simons and looked everywhere for coconut cake. Didn’the even find any in Charleston or Savanah.

Your parent’s yard is a park, beautiful!

Tricia - March 28, 2016 - 12:59 pm

Hi Kelly, enjoyed the tour. Your tablescapes and chalkboard messages never fail to leave an impression. Your Mom’s garden is lovely. Azaleas are so beautiful, how nice to be enjoying them this early. Another couple of months for us. My crocuses are up and that makes me very happy 🙂 enjoy your week.

Bonnie - March 28, 2016 - 12:59 pm

The plates look great either way–don’t you have some yellow plates? …or would that be too much yellow? (just a thought).
We had asparagus yesterday, with homemade potato salad, and a recipe for some type of Cajun Jerk Chicken that my teenagers marinated overnight. And…MY roasted asparagus was overcooked, but still tasted good! Thanks for sharing your spring and Easter!

Anita - March 28, 2016 - 11:54 am

So we got snow! But thankfully its all gone and hoping Spring will be making a comeback soon. I think your table setting is just so beautiful and inspirational. The Easter baskets are so thoughtful as well. Nicely done! Your parents’ garden is stunning. My goodness I would love all those flowers! Happy Easter!

Ruth - March 28, 2016 - 11:51 am

OH! I forgot to ask about your quiche crust. So beautiful! Did you make that? If so, how did you get that V design”? Have a favorite recipe?
Thanks again!
Premade crust from the grocery store. A pastry chef I am not! (And when I can find premade anything I buy it. 🙂 )

Ruth - March 28, 2016 - 11:49 am

I will go out on a limb here and say that your Easter table setting might have been my favorite one to date — and that’s saying something, because I have LOVED every single one of your “tablescapes”! I was passing by the Christmas Tree Shop the other day, and there was a display of children’s garden tools outside, and I almost sprang for a set, but knew I wouldn’t be in decorating mode anytime soon, so held off for now… but I can’t get them out of my mind! I liked your new plates in your over-the-desk arrangement, but think you made the right decision in using the white plates. It seemed in spirit with Coco Chanel’s advice: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Thanks for the delightful Easter posts! I think the blossoms hit their apex on Easter this year; today the tree tassels are falling and covering everything.

Kathy - March 28, 2016 - 11:18 am

I love your table setting (and the botanicals on the wall)were beautiful and fun. That quiche looks so good. Thanks for sharing all the beauty.

Dawn - March 28, 2016 - 11:02 am


Your decorations and meal look divine. That chalkboard with the passage on it is perfect. I love your daughters basket. Spring Fever is my favorite Mary Kay Andrews book! You are such a thoughtful Mother. I liked both arrangements above the desk. The little boxes of wrapped chocolates with the mini garden tools are precious. I was wondering about your coconut cake…did you make it from scratch or buy it? Just curious as always as “how does Kelly do it all?” Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!
I don’t do it all. Truly. The cake is a store bought one from the bakery in Kroger, and it happens to be one of my father’s favorites. It is actually very good when it is refrigerated! (He also likes the Pepperidge Farm one you can buy in the freezer section of the grocery store. 🙂 )
Thank you for all your compliments Dawn!

Ellen - March 28, 2016 - 11:00 am

If it is any comfort to you, I also charred my roasted asparagus! I also liked it. I did some roasted cauliflower too, and I think the mistake was putting them in at the same time. The cauliflower took longer.

Love the Easter baskets, your tables – just every thing. Enjoyed your tour!

Kaye Ann - March 28, 2016 - 10:03 am

Beautiful. Lovely table setting, and the food looks delicious. Sure looks like spring where you are. Happy Easter!

Karen - March 28, 2016 - 10:02 am

I really enjoyed your two posts. I love the yellow touches and your dinnerware! I would love the azalea path, too. Glad you had a wonderful day and am looking forward to your posts. - March 28, 2016 - 9:47 am

Kelly, you just have a way of making me feel like I am right there with you in all of your posts! Such beautiful decorations for Easter and, oh my goodness, your parent’s yard is gorgeous! Our azaleas aren’t out yet, but I am hoping in the next week or so they will bloom. I actually like the first way you arranged the plates over the desk with the new PB dishes. I don’t think it looks too busy at all. But, you should always go with what YOU like. That’s the most important! Have a great day!

Marlene - March 28, 2016 - 9:45 am

I loved your menu, your decor on the porch was so pretty with the bright yellow. Everything was so pretty with those darling black/white check ribbon wrapped in yellow and little garden tools. You think of everything. Your black board I was singing as I read it. Just so beautiful! I really enjoyed your porch tour and the garden at your parents home with that boxwood was gorgeous. Blessings!

Louvina - March 28, 2016 - 9:26 am

How enjoyable!! So glad you had a Part #2 house tour! It was like an “afterglow” visit on your porch ( my favorite place). Loved your menu! And I’m so happy that you always make baskets for your grown children!! I do too! I think I liked the white plate arrangement on the porch and loved the gift favors with toy garden tools! Question? What products do you clean your porch and do you cover the furniture there when not in use? Really enjoyed all the other photos you and your daughter took. She has an eye on angles just like her mama!
Thank you for all your always kind words for the Easter dinner, decorating, and baskets Louvina. I use Lysol cleaning solution mixed with water for cleaning everything out there and a vacuum cleaner. I vacuum every spot – the floors, the screens, the cushions, the lampshades….No we don’t cover anything. However, during pollen season we have tried various tricks to deal with the yellow snow…bring in the cushions, wrap the porch in plastic (last year’s project that my husband was not a fan of.) Once a year after the pollen problem, I take all the wicker off the porch and hose it down in the yard on a sunny day. Except for pollen season, I just treat the porch like any other room in the house. 🙂

Rebeca Savela - March 28, 2016 - 9:10 am

Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for the tour! 😉

Marty - March 28, 2016 - 9:08 am

Love your porch and the pretty yellow and black was perfect. I loved the menu and I too like my asparagus well done, so it would have been fine. The Easter baskets are perfect for each person, such fun gifts. Love Tour #2.

Sandy in FWB - March 28, 2016 - 9:06 am

Your porch and table were beautiful. I loved both plates above the desk. That would be a tough decision. I do love color and liked the flowered ones, but the simplicity of the white can be denied. I love azaleas. Nothing says spring in the south like them. I love the pinks and the whites. In our previous home, we had gray siding and white trim, so around the house was all white, but I love the pink “Pride of Mobile” ones, so I had them altogether out by the road for a splash of color. Both are my favorites. I would say white looks the best around your home:)
Beautiful as always.
It rained hard both Saturday and Sunday here on the Gulf Coast, so few pictures were made outside for anyone. Bummer.

Debbie - March 28, 2016 - 9:04 am

Totally with you ! White plates and well cooked asparagus. I broil mine,with olive oil, salt and pepper, last few moments, crushed croutons, fresh lemon when hot out of the oven. Yum ! As always, a joy to share your events . Happy Easter He is Risen…Indeed !

Donnamae - March 28, 2016 - 9:02 am

Everything looks so cheerful! I’m with you…I’d have used the white plates too…less busy. I had to laugh at the asparagus…usually I burn the potatoes! 😉

Arlene@Nanaland - March 28, 2016 - 8:56 am

Love your yellow and black color scheme…very different but nice!! Now what will we do to decorate for spring and summer? I am counting on you for some ideas Kelly!!

Cheri - March 28, 2016 - 8:40 am

What a wonderful color scheme for Easter…you are my go to gal for party planning. You put everything together with a lot of thought and it always makes me want to change out my colors. Looks so lovely.

JoAnne Hayon - March 28, 2016 - 8:35 am

I truly love reading your blogs. I wish I had your talent in decorating. I look forward to your next one.

Sandy - March 28, 2016 - 8:07 am

Thanks, Kelly, for sharing your Easter. I liked the floral plates because they pair so perfectly with the arrangement. Your table was lovely and the idea of dining to the sounds of a soft, steady rain is soothing to me.

Thanks for the photos of your parents’ yard. I would Love to walk the path by the boxwoods and perhaps stop at a bench. How lovely. The azaleas are simply georgeous!


N from Va - March 28, 2016 - 8:04 am

The food looks wonderful (and I like well-done asparagus)! Your parents yard is magical (with the path and benches). Great ideas for adult children baskets. Also did you write the blackboard “Crown him with many crowns”? Perfect.
Thank you for your very sweet comment. Yes, I did do the lettering on the chalkboard. I love to doodle. 🙂

Gabrielle - March 28, 2016 - 5:22 am

Happy Easter. I loved both the floral plates and the white ones. Your table looked beautiful Kelly. I made a coconut cake as well after I received my Ina Garten blog. It was divine, and will be made again and again! The only difference is we don’t have sweetened dessicated coconut in Australia, so it was a bit less sweet, but completely delicious.

Your azaleas (and your mother’s) are absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy the Spring!

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