Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Gibbs Gardens is a premier destination for horticulture enthusiasts in the south. Located about 45 minutes south of Blue Ridge, GA, in Cherokee County, it’s considered to be one of the largest residential gardens in the world. Beautiful in every season, the 220-acre garden contains 19 waterfalls, 24 lakes and ponds, and 32 bridges. Enjoy a tranquil walk along the streams and waterfalls, and around the water gardens, taking in the fragrance of plants, flowers, and millions of bulbs that provide a wide array of color, shape and texture.
There is a beautiful stream flowing through the middle of the valley, with hundreds of springs intersecting the stream. The springs are surrounded by millions of naturalized ferns, making it one of the largest ferneries in the nation. Native azaleas, dogwoods, and mountain laurels provide additional seasonal interest.
The grounds include magnificent Japanese Gardens as one of 3 feature gardens. The other features are The Manor House Gardens and Waterlily Gardens. There is also a gift shop with garden-related items, including bulbs. Food/drinks are available at the Arbor Cafe, so take your time strolling through the Rhododendron, take time to smell the Azaleas, pause for a moment longer while in Grandchildren's Sculpture Gardens, and let the gardens of Jim Gibbs connect within your essence.
Gibbs Gardens is not just a walk-through tour; they also engage their visitors by offering different events and demonstrations, such as beekeeping and how-to-harvest honey demonstrations. They also have educational presentations such as Conifers in the Southeast by expert speaker & author Tom Cox.
To see what’s blooming and to plan your outing, visit their website. In addition, they offer dinner and music often, so visit their website for the events calendar.
Gibbs Gardens is a short 45-minute drive from Blue Ridge. So, after you've had your morning coffee in your Blue Ridge cabin balcony overlooking the mountains, hop in the car and head south on Hwy 515.