|Entryway to the gardens|
This week I had the pleasure of exploring Gibbs Gardens with my family on a beautiful Spring day! I don't usually write travel posts on this blog because the focus of it is the home but for attractions around the Atlanta Area I make an exception. Gibbs Gardens are located in Ball Ground, GA near Big Canoe and it took us about an hour to get there from Marietta.
|The gardens have the largest fernery in the nation as well as 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings and 19 waterfalls|
The gardens only opened last year and include 220 acres of public gardens. The property is owned by Jim Gibbs and his home is on the grounds, he also has an additional 72 acres which he plans to develop in the future. We actually ran in to Mr. Gibbs during our visit and he was lovely, he invited us to sit on the rockers on his front porch and take in the sites. We also got to visit with his amazingly friendly cat who hopped right up in our laps much to Echo's delight.
|Echo enjoying her visit to the gardens|
|One of the many garden statues|
|The Manor House, the Gibbs family lives here on the property|
|Another view of the house|
Gibbs Gardens are also home to the largest Japanese gardens in the country. They've mixed in Japanese plants with Georgia native plants so the overall effect was less Japanese than I was expecting but they have a number of interesting statues and beautiful water features.
|Exit from the Japanese gardens|
|A replica of Monet's bridge. I'm told it's more impressive when the waterlilies are in bloom|