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

Gwinnett Environmental Center

Back in early April, I took a trip with a few of my fellow Trail Dames photography lovers to the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. The Environmental Center provides a hands on learning experience in natural resource conservation. You will also  find  Cherokee and Creek American exhibits that display Indian culture. All of this is a wonderful learning experience and for photographer lovers, it is also a goldmine for nature and architectural photography!

Photo Credit: Trail Dame Liz

The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center is a great resource for photographers. There is a small fee to enter the building but you can walk the grounds for free! I have a new lens I need practice with and I will be making a trip back there for sure!

Thanks Trail Dames for another great adventure!

It’s all good. ~ Donna