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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Around The Garden World - Day 61 (Gibbs Gardens)

What better way to spend a beautiful fall day that to plant colorful containers, pansies or violas, and thousands of spring blooming bulbs.
I was able to enjoy the spring-time results of those fall plantings last March at Gibbs Garden in North Georgia.
From the history page of Gibbs Garden's website:
Jim Gibbs traveled for 15 years covering the nation and the world viewing gardens of every style and decided that he wanted to design and build a world class garden. He spent six years looking for a suitable site with a strong source of water and beautiful mature trees covering a rolling topography. It was truly "a dream come true" when he found the most beautiful site in the nation to construct the garden. The property is 292 acres and the house and gardens include 220 acres, making it one of the nation's largest residential estate gardens.
There is a beautiful stream flowing through the middle of the valley, with hundreds of springs intersecting the stream. The springs are surrounded by millions of naturalized ferns making it one of the largest ferneries in the nation. Native azaleas, dogwoods, and mountain laurels provide additional seasonal interest.
He has designed 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings and 19 waterfalls. The numerous garden rooms are planted with hundreds of varieties of plants and are carved into pockets surrounded by acres of deciduous trees that provide spectacular Fall color.




 Do you enjoy daffodils? Spend a weekend planting them this month. Check out Brent and Becky's Bulbs. 

lovebirds Tom and Susan Jones enjoying the daffodils

and #4 son patiently allows me to take a few hundred pictures while we visited this extraordinary garden


#4 son/Columbia college student/aspiring actor Buck Wise.  when he becomes famous, you can say you saw him here first. 




The hellebore rivaled the daffodils


love this euphorbia 'Rainbow Ascot'






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