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Millions of Daffodils, and More!

One's senses can hardly process the grandeur of the impressive sweep of daffodils - waves of them covering hills and lining paths through the woods, edging streams and covering meadows - for which Gibbs Gardens in northern Georgia is noted.Last year when I visited in April, I missed the daffodils, advertised to number 20 million. While the April scenery was spectacular, I wanted to go back in March this year to see those daffodils. Did I see 20 million? Not quite. It seems the daffodils are planted so there are successive blooms of early, mid, and late blooming varieties. I saw the mid bloomers, so about a third - only 6 to 7 million, with lots of foliage to attest to the presence of the other 13 million. No complaints from me; it was wonderful! Here are images of all those daffodils, and more!

While the mass of daffodils is inspiring, one could not fully appreciate their beauty without stoping to examine individual blooms.

Tulips were also blooming, thousands! The largest display attracted so many people it was impossible to get an image that didn't include lots of people, all taking advantage of the perfect photo opportunity. I finally decided if you can't beat 'em, join 'em! I don't know the people in the following picture, but I couldn't resist a shot of this group taking a selfie.

More images of Gibbs Gardens in March:

Cherry trees were blooming.

Gibbs gardens has some interesting rock formations. Turtle Rock is one of my favorites:

Here is the world's largest Bonsai!

A couple more structurally interesting trees:

Some great sculptures of Mr. Gibbs' grandchildren:

Finally, some more pretty March blooms:Clockwise from top left:Camellia 'Peppermint'; Kerria japonica; Piers japonica; Trillium (unidentified variety).For additional information about Gibbs Gardens and for photos of it in its April glory, see my previous post  Gibbs Gardens, a World-Class Garden in North Georgia. As you can see, one visit is not enough!




Gibbs Gardens, a World-Class Garden in North Georgia

I recently visited Gibbs Gardens in North Georgia, and the saturated beauty of the place left me searching for superlative words to describe it.This bridge at Gibbs Gardens is a replica of Monet's famous bridge at Giverny.Jim Gibbs, founder of Gibbs Landscaping Company, spent six years looking for the perfect area to develop a world-class garden. Located about an hour north of Atlanta, the site covers over 220 rolling acres and is one of the largest residential gardens in the country. Mr. Gibbs began developing the Gardens around the Manor House in 1980. The Gibbs family still lives on site, but Mr. Gibbs graciously opens the Gardens to the public year round.

I took over 200 photos. Here is a sampling; for the most part I will let the images speak for themselves.

Views near the entrance to Gibbs Gardens:

The Manor House:

The pool behind the Manor:

The rich colors remind me of an Easter basket! The stiking green lawns are a mixture of fescue grass that stays green all year:


After exploring areas adjacent to and near the Manor House, we caught a tram that took us to the Japanese Garden:

Reflections in the water:

From the Japanese Gardens we leisurely walked back toward the entrance, past fern glades, woodland streams, and pleasurable resting spots:

I am still resting in the glow I felt walking through Gibbs Gardens. Joy to you all!   Deb