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A Bumble Bee Birthday Party

Bumble bee partyIt’s time to talk of a party today…and not just any party…a bee themed birthday party! 🙂

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A couple of weeks ago, we hosted a dinner party for my mother’s birthday.  When our children were born, my mother did not want to be called any name that would be associated with old age…no Granny, Grandmother, Grandma, etc. for her.

Bee birthday party banner

So because her name is Betty, she/we decided that our children would simply call her “B,” and that is exactly what they have done since the time they could talk.

Bee birthday party centerpiece

For the last couple of years, I know you have probably seen all the cute bee themed celebrations online…birthday celebrations, baby showers, (What-will-it-be parties) and even weddings (Love is sweet as honey receptions.)  I had been thinking a bee party for B would work perfectly for her birthday, and when Sur la Table’s spring catalog came out featuring  bee-related items, I knew this was the year for the party. 🙂

Bee birthday party tableI loaded up on their spring cookie stamps, (that featured bees and beehives) a beehive cake pan, bee napkins, beehive and flower cookie cutters, and even a beehive drink dispenser for the party.

Bee party beehive drink dispenser

Then I planned a somewhat picnic/spring related menu: friend chicken, deviled eggs, potato chips, tomato sandwiches (cut in the shape of beehives), fruit salad, butterbeans, corn on the cob, and cucumber sandwiches (cut in the shape of flowers.)

cucumber sandwich ingredients

(I used 2 different sized cookie cutters to make them.)

Bee party beehive tomato sandwichesI found candy bumble bees in the baking/crafts section of Walmart and used them on the tomato sandwiches…

Bee birthday party foodand the cakes.

Bee birthday party beehive birthday cakes with candy beesHere are the sugar cookies that I used the spring stamps on.

Bee birthday party bee stamp sugar cookiesEach guest had a mini-pound cake along with strawberries, blackberries, whipped cream, and a cookie (or two. 🙂 )

Bee birthday party dessertsFor party favors, I simply had single serving lidded containers of honey wrapped in cellophane bags tied with yellow ribbon.

Bee party honey favorsSome bee stickers from Michaels worked great on the hand lettered tags.

bee birthday party favorAnd that was the bee party for B.  Of course you know I can never get a party done all by myself.  A big thank you goes to my brother who was here for the afternoon and helped blow up balloons, tie them outside in the wind, cut up watermelon, shuck the corn, and entertain us with his helium inhaled voice. 🙂  And a thank you to our daughter and her boyfriend who always jump in to help when they are here for a party.  You guys are the best “volunteer” help around! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed seeing the party.  It was a fun one to pull together and perfect for spring!

Until next time…

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Talia - April 19, 2016 - 9:58 am

What a lovely cottage. Looks like the perfect place when you want to get away from everything. The color selections are very soothing!

Row. - April 18, 2016 - 10:31 pm

What an adorable theme! Once again you have outdone yourself!

Becky in 'Bama - April 14, 2016 - 9:24 am

Question: Is your mother as ‘crafty’ and talented as you? You have such a gift – one I crave but sadly don’t have. My late-mother was much like you – able to carry out a theme to the last detail. Unfortunately, that gene skipped me. 🙂 Good job! Happy Birthday to ‘B’ – I could have been a ‘B’, but to my grands, I’m Grandmother all the way. Thanks for the clever idea.
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Hi Becky! My mother is definitely creative, but she uses most of her artsy skills in oil painting (something that I cannot do. 🙂 ) Thank you for the belated birthday wishes for her. I know you must enjoy your grandchildren!
Kelly

Rosemary - April 11, 2016 - 3:44 pm

What an imaginative and fun party for your mum, Kelly. Wishing her a belated Happy Birthday! I’m sure she was thrilled with it all. As usual, you’ve created such unusual and delicious looking food ….and I’m sure it all tasted delicious too. It’s interesting how many don’t like the idea of being called Grandma, Gran, Nanny etc. I’ve always felt the same …but haven’t as yet come up with an alternative. Bee sounds sweet …. No doubt when the time comes the baby and I will think of something 🙂
Have a good week.
Rosemary

Design Chic - April 10, 2016 - 11:27 am

I need you to help me throw parties – yours are always the best! Love the cakes and cookies – so clever and the favors…adorable!! What a special party for your mother! Happy Sunday, Kelly ~

classic•casual•home - April 10, 2016 - 11:20 am

What a fun party for B. You are so thoughtful and creative AND a great daughter.

DiAnne - April 9, 2016 - 4:27 pm

Kelly,
What an amazing party! I know your mother must have loved it.
The beehive cakes are perfect for a little pound cake. I also most of all like you have family helping you get ready for parties. That is making memories.

I wanted my grandaughter to call me Nana but she has yet to call me by that name. We will see what she comes up with.
Have a great weekend.
DiAnne

Linda Hardgrove - April 9, 2016 - 10:22 am

At my daughter’s request—-actually more of a command—I became Granny. When learning to text I shortened it to Grani, which I like better. Granny was my grandmother. My husband is Grumples—-long story!
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I like Grani…has a cute vibe to it! Grumples? That one does sound interesting (and more serious in tone!)
Kelly

Janet - April 9, 2016 - 10:03 am

Kelly– You do the best, most thoughtful parties! Can I come sometime? I love to entertain, but have never really used a theme and run with it as you do so well. I also loved the party you threw for your husband. I’ll have to come up with a party and theme.And I love the your guests always get a favor to take home. Thanks for all your great ideas.

mari1017 - April 8, 2016 - 2:10 pm

What a wonderful B-day theme for your mom! I just love everything 🙂 Bees, beehives, bee skeps, honey – all wonderful!!! I have a small collection of honeybee themed bears on my desk, and when I visited my cousin, she had almost the same ones 😉 Love the food, the colors – most of all, I LOVE the drink dispenser and will need to check that out at Sur La Table! Thanks for the bee-u-tiful post!!!♥ Happy Spring (we will ignore the need tonight and tomorrow to cover the outdoor plants lol)!!!

Gina - April 8, 2016 - 12:51 pm

Oh, I love the name your mom chose. 🙂 What great inspiration for her birthday party! I love all the details. And such a southern menu. 😉 I’m hosting a wedding shower next week and we’re having cucumber sandwiches. Now, I am going to dig out my cookie cutter similar to yours. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kaye Ann - April 8, 2016 - 9:46 am

How adorable. Very creative, but that’s nothing new with you. Happy birthday to your “B”!!

Debbie - April 8, 2016 - 9:37 am

Oh Kelly, as always, so fun and tastefully done. Missed you ! Happy B Day to your Mum

Talia - April 8, 2016 - 9:30 am

You are hands down the best party planner ever! Absolutely delightful!

Bonnie - April 8, 2016 - 9:30 am

Kelly, that is such a fitting idea for your mother’s party. And, what a special way for y’all to share your love with her…I know that she must have felt very blessed. It’s nice that you have some good helpers to make it all come together!

Arlene@Nanaland - April 8, 2016 - 9:00 am

Kelly, my birthday is May 17th…I would like one of those BEE parties!:) I know your mama was delighted with her celebration. I just finished a sampler that featured Bees as my granddaddy was a bee man as they called them in North Georgia. I did it in his memory. And I like B as a Nana Name…so cute and easy to say!!
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I’ll get right on a party for you Arlene! LOL How sweet of you to do a sampler in memory of your grandfather. I bet it turned out bee-utiful (sorry…couldn’t resist. 🙂 )
B was definitely easy for our children to say!
Kelly

Amy O'Quinn - April 8, 2016 - 8:49 am

Love, love, love this ‘bee’ birthday theme. Well done. My mom is also named Betty, but all the grandchildren call her ‘Mam’.

I know the posts (and parties) take a lot of time, effort, and creativity to pull together and share, but after reading your blog, I’m always so inspired. And it reminds me (once again) that our homes and families are definitely worth the time and investment!

Cheri - April 8, 2016 - 7:49 am

Kelly, besides being the “travel” agent you are now my go to “party” planner. You rock!

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - April 8, 2016 - 2:41 am

Hi Kelly! Wow I couldn’t wait to discover this party and I’m not disappointed: it’s amazing!! The little beehive cakes are so cute!love everything about this party and it worked perfectly well with your black and yellow Spring decor! 😉
Congratulations again and Happy Birthday to “B” who was certainly so pleased by the party you throwed for her!
Xo
Claire

Cynthia Austin - April 7, 2016 - 11:33 pm

You certainly have a flair for parties! I’m a bee lover too and all your details are perfect. Grandmas are very special people and deserve a great party. Love your posts. Cynthia

kathy - April 7, 2016 - 10:37 pm

Bee-utiful!!! You are so clever! I love all of the bee ideas! The cakes were adorable! The candy bumble bees and bee stickers are too cute! Your banner, the napkins, and your curtains were perfect touches! One of my favorite people in the whole world was a lady named Beatrice and we called her Nanny Bea. So bees/beas are special to me. I also want to tell you what our daughter (Paige) calls my mom. My mom’s name is Geneva. Paige couldn’t say that and started calling her Geebeejimba. The name stuck. Even my dad calls her Geebee or Geebeejimba now. I hope I get a name that cute when the time arrives.
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That is quite the name that Paige calls her grandmother! It is so funny what names stick when children can’t pronounce things. 🙂 Geebee is super cute!
Thank you for your kind words about the party. It was easy to pull together with all the things from Sur la Table, and our spring color scheme really worked well with it.
Kelly

Sherry - April 7, 2016 - 10:36 pm

I can’t bee-lieve you have done it again! Yes, I can! Everything is so cute! I know a great time must have been had by all! I love the little pound cakes, the cookies, and how ever did you happen upon the bee hive beverage dispenser? What a happy atmosphere you created for your mom’s party. I know she felt like the queen bee! Who wouldn’t have? Love the favors too. Thanks for sharing your creative genius, Kelly.

Dawn - April 7, 2016 - 10:20 pm

Kelly,

You never disappoint. I just love this bee themed party. I once helped a friend do a bee themed baby shower. I even made the mother-to-be some thank you cards to use that I stamped bees on. I also painted some terra cotta pots that I put some plants in for decorations and then let her keep too. She planted the plants outside and used the bee themed pots to hold baby things in her nursery. Your foods all look super cute and delicious as usual. Thanks for sharing. Take care.
Dawn
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Love your ideas for the bee party, Dawn! Why didn’t you send all these to me before I did this one? LOL
Just kidding. I may steal your painted pot idea for another party in the future. Thank YOU for sharing. 🙂
Kelly

Velia - April 7, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Kelly, your creativity is endless; what a fabulous party to honor your beloved mmother. The bee theme scream spring, sweetness and a honey-making fun time. Thanks for sharing.

Anita - April 7, 2016 - 9:17 pm

You throw the best parties! The recipients of all your fabulous parties are very impressed with all the details I’m sure, I know I am!!
Everything is simply beautiful and I know your mother enjoyed it.

Anne Boykin - April 7, 2016 - 8:40 pm

Hi Kelly, You give the sweetest parties! I know your Mom loved it! Take care, Anne

Tricia - April 7, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Kelly, what a fun party this would have been to plan! Cute sandwich idea and the beverage dispenser is a great find. The cakes and cookies are too clever. Have a great weekend.

Patty of Michigan - April 7, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Everything is so cute. Every detail was perfect!

martha - April 7, 2016 - 7:27 pm

I love this!!! My son and his wife started keeping honey bees a few years ago. It was so much fun we got a hive a year ago and this Spring our other two children have started their own. I have been thinking about having a bee themed party for my son’s birthday in May. His name is Ben and when he was little we called him B….so a bee themed party is great on many levels.

I also agree with your mom….I picked a name other than grandma for a reason. My son named my mother “Big Nana” when he was 2, I thought it was cute and appropriate because his other grandma was very short and my mother was very tall. Many years later my I realized my mother was not crazy about the name and I could see her point. Since all of my children have mother-in-laws that are on the short side (or at least not as tall as me) I realized I might get “Big Nana” too, so I decided to pick my own name. I am Mimi and I will never forget the first time my first grandchild said my name. It works well for me, I just sign everything M and it can stand for Mimi, Mom or Martha.
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What a great story Martha! I can certainly understand not wanting “big” tied to your name. 🙂 Glad you settled upon Mimi, and yes, the M works for all your names! Love it!
Kelly

Louvina - April 7, 2016 - 7:08 pm

Such a great idea! Everything was perfect! The food, colors and theme! It was a wonderful spring party. I bet Ms B was delighted with her special day! Fun, fun!!

Garden, Home and Party - April 7, 2016 - 7:06 pm

Kelly,
I love bee-themed anything since my last name begins with a B. This is wonderful. I love some of the details like the bee hive pound cakes with fresh fruit. I’m sure your mom was honored and thrilled with the party!
xo,
Karen

Sandy in FWB - April 7, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Your party was wonderful. I know I need some kind of bee word to describe it, but not nearly that creative. My husband provides all of those. Any who…it is just wonderful. You can throw me a party anytime.

Marianne in Mo. - April 7, 2016 - 6:37 pm

Really cute! Happy Birthday to your Mom! I felt the same way when I found out I would be a grandma, but I couldn’t come up with a suitable substitute, so I just got used to grandma. Now it doesn’t bother me in the least! Once you hold the first one, who cares what they call you, as long as they call you! I wanted Mimi, but my daughters thought that was silly…I didn’t!
I have had my eye on those beehive cake molds, but figured I wouldn’t use them often enough to take up space to store them. But I love the drink dispenser!

Debra - April 7, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to your Mom. I am with her, as I go by Noni, rather than Grandma to our twin grandchildren. Your party was Bee…utiful. 🙂 I’m going to have to check out Sur La Table, as if William Sonoma isn’t dangerous enough! Loved all your “Bee” items. It turned out so cute Kelly.

Kathy P. - April 7, 2016 - 5:28 pm

How darling and delicious!

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!
Xo
Claire

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!
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Yes Peggy, I do believe those chopped off trees are crepe myrtles. They will branch back out and bloom again through the summer.
Kelly

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.
xo,
Karen

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!
Sherry

Dawn - April 2, 2016 - 10:59 am

Kelly,

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.

Dawn

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 http://www.oaklandcemetery.com – 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!!!
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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!
Kelly

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!!!
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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. 🙂
Kelly

Tricia - April 2, 2016 - 8:21 am

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

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!🙏💐🌷💕
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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: http://www.13wmaz.com/weather/severe-weather-at-robins-afb/114153592 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.
Kelly

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! 🙂
Rosemary
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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!)
Kelly

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.
Rosemary
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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! 🙂
Kelly

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!
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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. 🙂 )
Kelly

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!
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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?! 🙂
Kelly

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