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Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground

4.6
#22 of 188 in Parks in Georgia
At Gibbs Gardens, you can soak in lush plant life, waterfalls, and a view of the Georgia mountains from the residential estate of Jim Gibbs. Among the 19 gardens featured here, including the Manor House Gardens, Japanese Gardens, and Waterlily Gardens, you'll also come across 24 ponds, 19 waterfalls, and 32 bridges. Walk through 89 hectares (220 acres) of these gardens and Gibbs's home site, known as the Manor House. If you wish, explore the manor's characteristic antique European furniture, including a 14th-century French limestone fireplace. Inside the store there's also a collection of Gibbs' artwork. To visit Gibbs Gardens on your trip to Ball Ground, use our Ball Ground vacation trip planner.
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  • August 9, 2017
    This lovely garden created by Mr. Gibbs (who lives on the premises) is a "little" piece of heaven on earth. The grounds have been meticulously planned for many years and are now shared with the public...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    What a great place to take pictures. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Cannot wait to go again during a different season  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    Beautiful gardens, but got lost numerous times. They need better directional signage. t's a little pricey, unless you decide to buy a season ticket.  more »
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  • May 16, 2017
    There's no doubt the gardens are beautiful and the ambiance with the musicians (on Mother's day) added to the charm. To make this a 100% enjoyable experience that one would consider repeating however, I would recommend that management take in consideration the following. The majority of your visitor groups have either senior citizens or small children in strollers accompanying them. The amount of walking from the parking areas (on busy days) and in the gardens is substantial in addition to the steep inclination accessing areas such as the Manor House. A $5 fee per person is required to use the tram which provides access to the more distant areas (not the distant parking areas). However, strollers, wheelchairs and walkers are not permitted on the tram which is a problem for some families with small children, the handicapped and some elderly visitors. Arrangements could be made to provide a space in the back of the truck (which tows the tram) to store folded strollers, wheelchairs and walkers. Also, none of the areas where there are steps have ramps for the handicapped which made access to some areas prohibitive for some visitors. Most employees were polite and attentive however there were some (particularly in the parking areas) that could have been more polite by expressing common courtesies such as a simple "please" or "thank you". These minor modifications would allow for a completely enjoyable experience by all.
  • April 25, 2017
    A really big place to spend a relaxing day. The property is beautiful. Be aware of the season that you visit because a lot of things were not in bloom during our visit. The only thing I would consider a downside is the food in the cafe isn't very good and you can't bring your own lunch. Our cookies were rock hard and the bread on the sandwiches were very dry.
  • April 15, 2017
    I have an annual membership (purchased at my last visit as I knew I would have more opportunities to return through the the year even though I live out of state) and tried to visit today with my service dog. Unfortunately, I did not have his paperwork with me as it was with my travel documents. Legally I am not required to provide his documentation, but after a 40 minute drive to the gardens I was denied by the general manager for not having paperwork. I understand their need to be cautious, however legally a service animal cannot be denied, regardless of if documentation is provided or not and no one can require documentation be provided (they can ask 2 very general questions, and cannot ask about your medical diagnosis per the ADA). Their treatment of those with disabilities requiring a service animal is appauling, and I caution anyone who has special needs about coming here with the expectation of being treated with dignity and respect. I certainly was not.
  • May 7, 2017
    If I could give Gibbs Garden 100 stars, I would. Not only is the Garden the most beautiful place I know in the Atlanta area, but today, I found out that they are also wonderful people. My battery gave out, and the GM, Charlie, waited over 3 hours with me while the tow company came. He went and got a tarp and covered my open convertible top while it was raining. It was some of the best customer service I have ever received.
  • May 21, 2017
    We were there the day after a significant rain event, so the gardens were empty. So incredibly enchanting to be there virtually alone! The Japanese garden is truly amazing and will only get better with age.

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