St. Patrick’s Day was such a crisp, beautiful morning M. and I decided to visit nearby Gibbs Gardens. (Take a look!) These gorgeous gardens are located on a privately owned 300-acre estate and the Gibbs family has developed more than 220 acres of gardens. On this property there are 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings and 19 waterfalls. The grounds include Japanese Gardens (one of the largest in the nation~ over 40 acres), Water Lily Gardens (140 varieties), and 20+ million daffodils. These flowers are the season opening spectacle dedicated to his mother, Margaret Anderson Gibbs ~ fifty acres of hillsides carpeted by millions of daffodils.
The serenity of nature and strolling along the paths are so peaceful and calming.
According to Explore Georgia, “Jim Gibbs traveled for 15 years covering the nation and the world viewing gardens of every style and decided that he wanted to design and build a world class garden. He spent six years looking for a suitable site with a strong source of water and beautiful mature trees covering a rolling topography.”
Jim and his family have lived on and have been developing the estate since 1987. M. could not resist having a little fun with the many sculptures you see around the gardens.The gardens are just now starting to come to life and I cannot wait to see all the surprises of nature throughout the seasons this year!
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