Stop to smell the flowers {Gibbs Gardens}

Life. It’s a busy game. My week is filled with my full time job, my home work, (house keeping, laundry, cooking) and then there is the time I squeeze in fun craft projects. That is my favorite part. I have a few “pretties” I have been working on this week and I’ll be sharing them with you soon. They involve Annie Sloan paint!

I have paused from all the madness and I am relaxing by catching up on the many photos I have taken in June. I came across this set of photos from a trip I took with the Trail Dames to Gibbs Gardens. I have lived in Georgia for 17 years and had never visited Gibbs Gardens. It is a dazzling garden, full of eye candy. One look at the teak memorial benches in the garden and I was already head over heels for the garden.

Jim Gibbs is the retired President and founder of Gibbs Landscape Company. He purchased 292 acres of land in Ball Ground, Georgia which is less than 1 hour north of Atlanta. The house and gardens include 220 acres. It makes it one of the nation’s largest residential estate gardens. There are 16 gardens where you will see 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, and 19 waterfalls. There are 3 feature gardens. The Manor House Garden, Japanese and Waterlily Garden.

For those who are interested in visiting the gardens the tickets to the Gardens are $20 for Adults,$18 for Seniors, and $18 for children. The gardens are so large that there is a Tram available for a $5 ticket charge. You can catch the Tram and it will take you to the feature gardens where you can hop off, take  a stroll around the garden then hop back on the Tram, sit under a patio umbrella and head to another one. If you get there at 10 a.m, Mr. Gibbs himself will discuss the gardens and let you know what is blooming and suggests paths to take. There is a lovely gift shop with all things for the garden. There is also the Arbor Cafe and I highly recommend the gourmet chicken salad on walnut cranberry bread. I need more of that in my life. It was so delectable! There is plenty of seating outside under the trees to enjoy your meal surrounded by gorgeous blooms.

Okay, enough chatting. Let’s take a look at some lovelies okay?

This happy little guy made me smile and I added a quote that I especially love. I hope you get to stop and take a break this weekend. You deserve it!

Perhaps you would like to walk/hike around Georgia? Take a look at some other Trail Dames hikes I have been on by visiting my hiking with the Trail Dames link.

It’s all good. ~ Donna


  1. These photos are so SO beautiful! Makes me want to get outside (even in this heat)!

    PS – I had fun hunting with you on Friday!

  2. Hey, Donna, so great to meet you again & spend time today at lunch & shopping. Had a great time with you girls and look forward to the next outing. Loved our deals!! I have heard of Gibbs Gardens, but never been. That is not very far from me.

  3. Hi Donna! These photos are just stunning; you have great photography skills! I wish I had spent more time exploring Atlanta while at Haven. Oh well, maybe next time! I especially love the last photo, and the quote. Thanks for that inspiring little reminder. Keep in touch, Kerri, A Pop of Pretty

  4. Beautiful pictures!

  5. Lovely photos, as always! I’ll put Gibbs Gardens on my Atlanta list o’things to do (if I ever get there).

  6. Elaine Bullard says:

    Donna, the pictures are beautiful. As always. Wendy- If you local garden is having a Chihuly exhibit I highly suggest you go. A couple of years ago Atlanta Botanical Garden had Chihuly and it was fantastic. It is well worth the heat and make sure you take your camera.

  7. Liz Carrington says:

    Donna, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Gibbs Gardens through your eyes and words. Keep up the good words and work. I’ll visit again.

  8. Aunt Kiki says:

    Wow!! What inspiring words and the pictures are lovely. Maybe we can squeeze this into a day when visiting you!! I love you. Have a wonderful day 😉

  9. Gosh Donna, you inspire me so! These could all be postcards for the Gibbs Gardens. My favorite is the pond with the bridge in the background. I want that in my backyard! It’s extra special that you got to meet with Mr. Gibbs as well. What a day!

    We have a fantastic garden in Dallas (Dallas Arboretum) and they have a Chihuly exhibit right now, but it’s just so hot I can’t stand the thought of going out there at the moment. I’m planning a fall visit. 🙂

    Keep finding time for your pictures and craft projects – they are fantastic!

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