Post last updated: August 13th, 2018

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).














Photo by Miss Priss



Monet bridge



Dawn Redwood – Metasequoia glyptostroboides
The ONLY plant marker I saw all day


Dawn Redwood leaves (reminds me of bald cypress)


Bald cypress knees – they were huge and stretched around the curve of the pond

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.

Bench constructed of natural materials
Photo by Miss Priss


Wooden chair carved from tree trunk or section
For short durations, this chair was surprisingly comfortable.
Photo by Miss Priss


Gate at the Manor House
Photo by Miss Priss


Miss Priss thought this would make a good herb container.

6 thoughts on “GIBBS GARDENS”

  1. I love that metal gate. And what a superb garden. How patient is Jim Gibbs, 6 years looking and 30 years developing it before showing it. The garden does show his passion and persistence.

  2. Gorgeous photos! I visited Gibbs Gardens last spring and was overwhelmed by its beauty. Thanks for giving me a taste of what it looks like in the fall. This garden is at the top of the list among my favorites of all the gardens I have experienced.

    1. Yeah, but who’s gonna know since I didn’t use your real name? Just as well since you are still in the job market. You wouldn’t want an employer knowing you’ve got a sister who orbits the crooked moon.

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