Gibbs Gardens, located just north of metro Atlanta in Cherokee County, has been named one of the top 20 botanical gardens in the country. The beautiful, sprawling garden has received over 300 awards.
Currently there is a membership deal running. Through January 31, 2021, you can buy one annual membership and get another one free.
That works out as two memberships for $50 (plus a $3 handling fee and about $3 in sales tax).
Since a single adult admission is $20, this membership deal pays for itself on your second visit.
The deal is perfect for couples. It could make a fun Valentine gift — essentially a year’s worth of cheap dates as you visit Gibbs Gardens together each month to see what’s in bloom.
Families can add child memberships for $30 each (for kids age 3 to 17).
And friends can split the BOGO deal too — but note that one person will have to make the payment and will receive both membership packages at one address.
The membership deal is especially good for those who live on the north side of metro Atlanta (Alpharetta, Cumming, etc.) From points south, it becomes a day trip to drive out to Gibbs Gardens, spend a couple of hours there, and then drive home.
About the membership BOGO deal
Note that this deal is for NEW members, or past members that have let a membership expire. If you have a current membership, you’re not eligible for this offer. (In other words, you can’t extend a current membership.)
Both membership cards must have a name that can be verified with a photo ID at entrance. The cards are not transferable.
The package is valid for one year from purchase date.
Gibbs is currently closed for the winter, but will open for the spring season sometime in mid-February (the date has not been announced yet, as it is planned around the daffodil’s season of bloom). So you can get the maximum benefit from the deal by purchasing in late January.
Visiting Gibbs Gardens
The gardens are located in Ball Ground, GA, which is in Cherokee County.
If you’re using a GPS to get there, you can use this address:
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, GA 30107
For reference, the gardens are about 27 miles from North Point Mall in Alpharetta, and roughly 50 miles from downtown Atlanta.
What you’ll find there
Gibbs Gardens is a collection of 16 themed garden rooms. Each one is planted with hundreds of varieties of plants. There are 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, and 19 waterfalls.
Among the most spectacular are the Manor House Gardens, Japanese Garden, and Waterlily Garden.
There is also a 70-acre fern garden, one of the largest in the country. Millions of ferns of many varieties form a dense carpet under woodland shade. A spring-fed stream winds through the Fern Dell. Walkways and raised viewing decks let you take in the sights.
The gardens have been planned for spectacular seasonal color. Spring and fall are especially dramatic.
Spring features over 20 million daffodils, in a spectacular display. Because there are early, mid-season, and late blooming varieties of daffodils, the season stretches on for about six weeks.
The daffodils are complemented by thousands of colorful tulips. Later in the spring, you’ll find cherry blossoms, dogwood, azalea, rhododendron, mountain laurel, and colorful spring annuals.
Autumn features over 3,000 Japanese maples, for a dazzling display of crimson and gold. Gibbs Gardens is, hands down, the best place in the extended metro area to see fall foliage. In fact, it’s received an award for The Best Fall Color in Georgia.
The colored foliage of the Japanese maples is complemented by fall wildflowers like asters, as well as seasonal annuals and perennials. There is a also a taller canopy of deciduous trees that provide fall color.
During the current pandemic, you must buy tickets online prior to visiting. The on-site ticket both is closed.
You can print your tickets at home, or just show them on your phone for scanning.
Remember, the gardens open for the season in mid-February — you won’t be able to purchase tickets till then.
Prices (tax will be added):
• Adults (18 t 64) — $20
• Seniors 65+ — $18
• Kids 3 to 17 — $10
• Kids 2 and under — FREE
Please check back for 2021 hours
Season of color calendar
If you’d like to see certain flowers, or just want to know what you’ll see before you go, you can check the Bloom Update page on the Gibbs website. It will be updated starting with the daffodils and spring flowers.
♦ Daffodils (and tulips) — early March through mid-April
♦ Cherry blossoms — two weeks in March (peak depends on the year)
♦ Dogwood and azaleas — Starts in early April and lasts two to three weeks, depending on the year
♦ Rhododendrons — starts early May and lasts two to three weeks
♦ Rose Garden — May through November
♦ Fern Dell — April thru October
♦ Hydrangeas — starts mid-May
♦ Waterlily Garden — mid-May through November
♦ Daylily Garden — June thru August
♦ Crape Myrtles — July thru August
♦ Japanese maples — mid-October thru mid-November (and fall wildflowers)
Know before you go
There is lots of walking at Gibbs Gardens!
Note that the tram is not running during the pandemic.
According to the website, you should plan on taking three to four hours to see the entire estate.
You could also plan on seeing the estate in two visits, splitting it up this way:
• Manor House Gardens — Allow 90 minutes to see the spring bulb displays, hydrangea plantings, rose arbor, woodland shade gardens, and the Canopy Walk.
•Valley Gardens — allow 90 minutes to two hours to tour the Japanese garden, waterlily garden, sculpture gardens, rose gardens, Fern Dell, and daylily gardens.
Outside food is not allowed (except for water bottles). There is no picnicking on the grounds or tailgating in the parking areas.
However, you can grab a bite at the Arbor Cafe.
Pets are not allowed.
Restrooms are available at the Welcome Center and the pool area near the Manor House.
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