Gibbs Gardens is a world-class garden in the North Georgia foothills. It’s designed to shine through all seasons, and especially so in late winter and early spring when the millions of daffodils bloom on the hillsides.
I visited Gibbs on a bright and crisp March day with my intrepid fellow GardenTripper, Helen Lawson. This was our second #gardentripper garden in 2022 and a perfect beginning to a year’s worth of garden visits.
Gibbs is known for daffodils, a lot of daffodils. To date, 20 million daffodil bulbs are planted and they bloom from late winter to early spring. There’s more than 100 varieties, in colors that range from yellow to peach to pink and white. (Apologies for not recording the names of the blooms below.)
Daffodils on the Hillsides
The valley at the heart of Gibbs Gardens is a Japanese Garden. My pictures don’t do it justice, aside (possibly) from the maple emerging, above. I hope to return in fall to view this garden, that’s when the maples really put on their show.
Fact: There are more than 3,000 Japanese maples of 200 varieties planted in the gardens.
Flowering Cherry Trees
Hundreds of Yoshino cherry trees grow at Gibbs Gardens. These are the same variety grown by the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and also in Macon, Georgia. The blooms are fleeting, we picked a beautiful day to enjoy the cherry trees!
Pansies & Planters at Gibbs Gardens
Gibbs gardeners produce stunning containers in all seasons. The late winter/early spring version features a mix of pansies, sedums, creeping Jenny, tulips and carex, in the signature colors of orange, purple, green and yellow.
Visit Gibbs Gardens
Gibbs Gardens is in Ball Ground, Georgia, about an hour’s drive north of Atlanta. It’s worth a visit in any season, but especially so in fall for the Japanese garden, and early spring for the daffodils.
Plan your visit to include a couple of hours in Ball Ground. It has a walkable downtown, with cute stores and excellent restaurants. I like Frankfurt Doner for house made sausages and German potato salad. Try the Doner sandwich. (not a sponsored post).