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Upcoming GPPA Speaker Meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
McElreath Hall
Atlanta History Center

Jim Gibbs

"A Dream Come True - Gibbs Gardens"

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 refine it.

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 landscape architecture.

Visit the Gibbs Gardens website.

 

At monthly meetings, Members often pass on gardening magazines and catalogs to others in an open swap,
and light refreshments are offered beginning at 7:00 PM.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

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