Ball Ground, Georgia (PRWEB) February 19, 2014
'Here Comes the Sun'
Goodbye winter. Hello sunshine! Chase away those lingering winter doldrums at Gibbs Gardens’ 2014 Daffodil Festival, beginning March 1 and running through April 15.
Gibbs Gardens ushers in spring with the largest display of daffodils in the country. More than 50 acres of daffodils—20+ million blossoms—blanket rolling hillsides and fields, flow along streams and border woodland nooks and crannies, creating a panorama of sunbeam-yellow blossoms. Jim Gibbs – the owner, designer and developer of Gibbs Gardens – began planting daffodils in his gardens in 1987.
“Here Comes the Sun,” Southern Living magazine headlined its feature on Gibbs Gardens’ Daffodil Gardens, calling them “the most spectacular display of blooms this side of Holland... the most stunning daffodil gardens ever!”
Simply put, the gardens are amazing. During the six-week Daffodil Festival, hundreds of cherry trees, forsythia, spirea, quince and thousands of mature dogwoods come into bloom to create nature’s own spring bouquet. Daffodil blossom colors range from primrose-yellow, yellow, gold, saffron, orange, shades of yellow and orange, and finally blush pinks, creamy whites and white as early-, mid- and late-season varieties bloom. Late blooming fragrant daffodils along borders and paths sweeten the spring air with nature’s gentle scents.
Gentle walks traverse two of the hillsides and climb 150 feet to spectacular views of the North Georgia Mountains in the near distance with millions of daffodils below. Panoramic views of hillsides and valleys carpeted by myriad shades of silver and gold offer an once-in-a-lifetime garden experience.
A feast for the senses throughout the year, 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.
Facts About Gibbs Gardens
Visitors to Gibbs Gardens enjoy the diversity and breadth of its 16 artistically designed garden venues, including 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, 60 varieties of daffodils sweep across more than 50 hillside acres under a canopy of flowering dogwoods and cherry blossoms.
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.
Gibbs Gardens will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday from March 1 until June 15 (closed Monday for maintenance) and Wednesday through Sunday from June 18 through Dec. 15 (Closed Monday and Tuesday for maintenance).
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 3 and under 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 Valley Gardens and along other garden routes.
Less than an hour’s drive from Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens is considered “one of our regions most treasured landmarks.” For more information, go to http://www.gibbsgardens.com or email info(at)gibbsgardens(dot)com for information. Gibbs Gardens is located at 1998 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground GA, 30107. Phone 770-893-1880 or 770-893-1881.