I had an opportunity, in early November, to visit Gibbs Gardens, just north of Atlanta in Ball Ground, Georgia. It was designed and developed as the dream of Jim Gibbs, who owned a landscape company in Atlanta. He spent 6 years searching for the perfect property and 30 years developing it before opening it to the public.
Tickets are $20.00 for adults; $18.00 for seniors and a tram ticket is another $5.00. Considering that the developed acreage of Gibbs Gardens is 220 acres (total of 292), the tram gives you a respite from walking. It takes you to the Japanese Gardens and the Manor House.
On the grounds are 16 garden venues including the Water Lily gardens (with the Monet Bridge), rose gardens, wildflower meadow, 20 million daffodils and the largest Japanese Garden in the U.S.
We spent most of our time in the 40 acre Japanese Garden, entering through a Torii Gate and following the trail through spring-fed ponds, across bridges and sighing over the colorful Japanese Maples (one of my favorite trees).
My sister, Miss Priss, happens to be an architect. When she sent me a few of her photos, and I discovered this bench, I was amazed that we were in the same park, not more than 5 feet apart at most times, and I never saw this bench. She was of the opinion that I was more focused on the natural world and she on the constructed world.