Japanese Maples Festival Blooms at Gibbs Gardens Introducing a Celebration of Japanese Arts, Culture in a Garden Setting

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Gibbs Gardens announces its first annual Japanese Maples Festival—celebrating more than 2,000 Japanese maples in 100 varieties at peak fall color—from Oct. 1 Nov. 15.

Gibbs Gardens Presents The Japanese Maples Festival- Don’t miss this unique, new fall tradition Oct. 1 through Nov. 15, 2013

The festival, featuring music, arts and events in a garden setting, will introduce another new and unique tradition on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 & 27 and Nov. 2 & 3: a celebration of Japanese arts, culture and traditions set against the singular splendor of the largest Japanese Gardens in the nation.

This festival will be presented with the support of several Japanese American organizations that provide art, dance, and a wide range of demonstrations—as a way to introduce Japanese culture to the metro Atlanta community. The Japanese Consulate will participate in the festival on Oct. 26 & 27. The Japan-America Society of Georgia will participate in the festival on Nov. 2 & 3.

Largest Japanese Gardens in US:
From the Torii Gate entrance to the Zigzag Bridge, Tsukiyama, “the hill and pond stroll garden,” the Japanese Gardens flow seamlessly across 40 acres with seven spring-fed ponds, islands, bridges, massive boulders and authentic hand-carved Japanese lanterns.

Imagine viewing the Japanese Green Tea Ceremony, the art of kimono dressing and classic Japanese dancing against the backdrop of 2,000 Japanese maples in brilliant fall shades of gold, yellow, orange and flame red. Picture ikebana and origami demonstrations set on a vast stretch of green lawn draped by hundreds of bright red Burning Bush.

Gibbs Gardens invites visitors to see the beauty of Japanese calligraphy and the patient art of bonsai in a garden surrounded by thousands of vibrant yellow Sweetshrub. Thrill to the exacting skills of shinkendo, kyudo and other martial arts set against a backdrop of red-leafed Sourwood, Sassafras and Dogwood. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Japanese arts and traditions in a spectacular garden setting.

16 garden venues:
The 300-acre Gibbs estate garden in Cherokee County includes 220 acres of breathtaking gardens set in mature rolling woodlands dotted with ponds, springs, streams and waterfalls. Visitors to Gibbs Gardens are amazed by the diversity and breadth of its 16 artistically designed garden venues and four feature gardens:

  •     Japanese Gardens, at more than 40 acres, are the largest in the nation.
  •     Monet Waterlily Gardens, featuring 140 varieties of unique lilies and a replica of the bridge in Monet’s Garden at Giverny (outside Paris).
  •     Arbor Crest Manor House Gardens, located on the highest ridge in northeast Cherokee County, where seven flowering terraces flow seamlessly down 150 feet of elevation from Arbor Crest Manor House to the Valley Gardens.
  •     Daffodil Gardens where 20 million daffodil blossoms of 60 varieties sweep across more than 50 hillside acres under a canopy of flowering dogwoods and cherry blossoms.

Forty-year dream:
Jim Gibbs, the owner, designer and developer of Gibbs Gardens, is the founder of Gibbs Landscape Co., one of the largest, oldest and most successful landscaping firms in Atlanta. Gibbs and his company have received more than 250 awards for landscape design excellence, including two national awards presented at White House receptions.

“I’ve dreamed of creating a world-class garden in the Atlanta area for more than 40 years,” says Gibbs. “After spending six years finding just the right property and another 30 plus years designing and developing Gibbs Gardens, that dream came true when we opened Gibbs Gardens to the public in March 2012.”

Facts about Gibbs Gardens

Less than an hour’s drive from Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens is considered “one of our regions most treasured landmarks,” by garden experts. The gardens are open from March 1 through Dec. 15.
Gibbs Gardens is conveniently located less than an hour’s drive north of Atlanta, between SR 400 and I-575. Visitors will enter Gibbs Gardens off Yellow Creek Road in Cherokee County, from Hwy 53 on the north or SR 369 on the south.

The Welcome Center adjacent to the parking area includes The Seasons gift store, ticketing and restrooms. Just steps away, The Arbor Café offers a selection of sandwiches on fresh baked bread, desserts and daily specials on baked goods.

Tickets to visit the gardens are $20 for general admission to all 16 garden venues. Seniors (65 and older), tour groups of 10 or more and children 4-17 can visit the gardens for $18. Children aged three and under and 4-Season garden members are free.

There is no charge for parking. Trams--$5 for a day pass—will be available to take visitors between the Manor House Gardens and Japanese Gardens and along other garden routes.

For more information, go to http://www.gibbsgardens.com or email info(at)gibbsgardens(dot)com for questions and information. Gibbs Gardens is located at 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107. The phone numbers are 770-893-1880 and 770-893-1881.

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