Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Atlanta History Center
"A Dream Come True - Gibbs
Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, GA, opened to the public in March
of 2012. This 300 acre property includes 220 acres of landscaped
gardens and the Manor House. A beautiful stream flows through the
middle of the valley, with hundreds of springs intersecting the
stream. The springs are surrounded by millions of native ferns,
native azaleas, dogwoods and mountain laurels. There are 24 ponds,
32 bridge crossings, and 19 waterfalls.
In this illustrated
lecture, Jim Gibbs, owner and creator of Gibbs Gardens tells the
story of how Gibbs Gardens came to be. For 15 years he travelled
throughout the US and world viewing gardens of every style and
decided he wanted to design and build a world class garden. After
six years of searching he found the site which is now Gibbs Gardens.
With a strong source of water, beautiful mature trees and rolling
topography, it was truly "a dream come true." Jim worked on the
design and planting of Gibbs for over 30 years and continues to
In the spring the Garden is perhaps best known for its
display of over 20 million daffodils, blooming from March to
mid-April, but there are many other collections including
hydrangeas, roses, rhododendrons, waterlilies, and a Japanese Garden
that encompasses 40 acres.
The Gardens are designed so that every
three weeks there is always something different in bloom or of
interest to see.
Daffodils in April in Gibbs Garden
Jim Gibbs is the retired President and founder
of Gibbs Landscape Company, one of Atlanta’s leading landscape
companies for more than 40 years. He and his company are the
recipient of more than 275 awards. Mr. Gibbs graduated from the
University of Georgia with a degree in horticulture and a minor in
Visit the Gibbs Gardens website.