Fall Foliage at Atlanta’s Gibbs Gardens

Experience Fall Colors and Gorgeous Gardens at Atlanta's Gibbs Gardens. This North Georgia gem is the perfect outing for cherished family time!

Gibbs Gardens

Atlanta has a hidden gem! Gibbs Gardens. We’ve been to and loved the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for 15 years now, but this past weekend we discovered a new garden love… Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, GA. About an hour north of the city, Ball Ground is a small country town and home to the Gibbs Estate, a nearly 300 acre property with a Manor House and fully staffed garden with over 3 miles paths and gardens to stroll through. There is a tram for anyone who would prefer not to walk as well. Tickets will cost you about $20 per person and is well worth it! Right now they are running a discount on their annual memberships that also include free guest passes.

garden-map

The gardens are broken up into two main areas: Valley Gardens and Manor House Gardens. There is a long creek that runs through the valley with numbered bridges along the way. The Welcome Center is at the top of the creek and the Japanese Gardens are at the bottom. We loved walking through the Water Lily Gardens. Small ponds, clustered together brimming with beautiful water lilies. Next up was the Manor House & Gardens. The Gibbs family still resides on the property but the killer view from their porch is open to guests, complete with rockers to enjoy the mountain views. The Lawn is expansive and has a charming arbor with climbing roses trained to canopy over the arbor.

Welcome Center

Welcome Center

 

Tree Lined Entrance

Tree Lined Entrance

 

Waterlily Gardens

Waterlily Pond

Waterlily

Manor House

Manor House

 

Manor House Garden Gate

Manor House Garden Gate

 

Manor House Lawn

Manor House Lawn

 

Rose Arbor at the Top of Manor House Lawn

Rose Arbor at the Top of Manor House Lawn

 

Mountain Views from the Manor House

Mountain Views from the Manor House

Being that it was Fall, some of the other gardens like the Wildflower, Rose, Azalea, Dogwood, Cherry Blossom or Daffodil Gardens weren’t in bloom. They have actually planted 20 Million (yes, million!) Daffodils in 60 different varieties that bloom in the spring. Gibbs Gardens has a full rotation of color all year round and festivals planned every season to highlight what’s blooming. Check out the calendar below for all the info.

Gibbs Gardens Bloom Calendar

The big show stopper thru October & November is the Japanese Maples in the Japanese Gardens. Gibbs hosts Oktoberfest & Japanese Maple festivals on the weekends throughout October & November with live music, food, and artists. My Ultimate Dream Garden! The sheer tranquility is an absolute guaranteed way to relax and enjoy the end of a busy day (that and a cocktail… who we kidding?)

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

 

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

 

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

 

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

 

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

 

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

  • Patsy Jordan

    I live about 5 minutes from Gibbs Gardens and love visiting the gardens throughout the seasons. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your visit!
    Patsy Jordan