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Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground

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#25 of 187 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. Use our Ball Ground road trip planner to visit Gibbs Gardens on your trip to Ball Ground, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • These gardens are beautiful and such a peaceful place to walk. There are also concerts after hours. Just a beautiful magical place. We have season passes and go often.  more »
  • Just a few hours north of Atlanta, Gunns Gardens is a sanctuary of breathe taking beauty and surprise. It took years to create and they continue to evolve this gorgeous space. We go every 3-4 months t...  more »
  • Really great visit and lots of unique displays. Peaceful location and not overrun with tourists or screaming kids. Plenty of places to sit and enjoy the quiet beautiful scenery. Very gracious hosts wh...  more »
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  • Surprising botanical find in N GA. These carefully planned and manicured spaces and views are guaranteed to lift your spirits in any season. Allow several hours to stroll through the 6 themed gardens. A tram (additional charge) will take you up the hill to the Gibbs Mansion, but you will miss a beautiful, easy walk. The cafe is very limited, offering prepared sandwiches and snacks, but the outdoor shaded tables make it appealing nevertheless. An artsy gift shop completes the tour. We enjoyed our fall visit so much that we purchased an annual pass, in spite of living 2 hrs away. Highly recommended for gardeners and lovers of outdoor, natural beauty!
  • After reading a post declaring Gibbs Gardens as "kid unfriendly" I am compelled to ask why everything and everyplace must be child friendly? To that end, if the parents respect the gardens themselves, it is a wonderful opportunity to spend time walking together and actually talking with each other (or, better yet, just enjoying the sounds of nature). I wonder if the person who posted was one of several we saw during Daffodil Days that had the audacity to actually tell their children to walk into the daffodils and sit down so those selfish parents could get the picture THEY wanted (what a lesson for those kids).
  • The gardens are beautiful. We drove for an hour to get there and planned on eating at the advertised festival on Sat. After walking the the gardens for a while we were told the Cafe on the property and the festival ran out of food before 3:00. There was nothing left but potatoes chips and some dried up lemon bars. The website posted an extra menu for the Fall Festival but the they had packed up the catering truck up before 3:00. Pricey entrance fee and no lunch. Eat before you go just in case.
  • Gibbs Gardens are amazing. We especially enjoyed learning about how Mr. Gibbs planned and executed this gorgeous landscape over the years. Plan to spend lots of time here so you can take a leisurely walk through all the gardens. The place is huge, so be ready to put some miles on your fitness tracker. It's best to make this a day trip so you aren't in a hurry. There is so much to see. If you like to garden, you will leave here inspired to do more at home.
  • This place is decent for photography, but nothing more exciting about it. The decorations at the entrance was good enough, if only such care was taken into designing the rest of the garden. The landscaping could have been much better, considering the ticket price of $20 per adult!

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