Back to the Garden

A few months ago my friend Dana and I visited a woodland garden, Gibb’s Garden, located about an hour from Atlanta in the North Georgia Mountains. Newly opened to the public, a local landscape architect followed his dream to share his private 300 acre estate with the public. After reading about this 32 year wonder in the making, we decided to make the drive one Saturday morning to experience the gardens for ourselves. What we found was breathtaking, from the lovely tree-lined entrance to the 16 themed gardens located throughout the property. There was a relaxing cafΓ© patio with a view, a Monet inspired bridge, acres and acres of naturalized beauty, and of course a friendly cat whose photograph I included in an earlier post, “A Secret Garden.” Among the many events planned annually is the Daffodil Festival, where patrons can immerse themselves in the gorgeous results of the planting of 3,000,000 bulbs over the past 20 years. This is 50 acres of nurtured joy that I cannot wait to experience this spring, and a future blog post that I look forward sharing.

The keeper of the garden.

The Hydrangea Garden

The Yin and Yang of bringing the woods into the garden, and the garden into the woods.

The Serpentine Walk

A rainbow of creeping moss.

The Estate House

The delicate climb of a vine.

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    1. Thank you so much. Spring has been on my mind lately as our temperatures have been unseasonably warm and balmy. I am loving it, and decided that green is as good as white for Christmas time!

      Have a wonderful week!

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  1. What beautiful pictures! The kitty is just precious. Your mention of daffodils reminds me of a show on HGTV that we used to watch called a Gardener’s Diary. Many featured gardens were in Georgia, and one was about the daffodils.

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  2. Fantastic Photos. The composition is very nice and it must be a very nice place. I miss Atlanta and the surround areas sometimes.

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    1. So would this be a bad time to tell you that it’s an unseasonable 71 degrees here in Georgia? It’s heavenly (almost Jimmy Buffet style heavenly) but we need you to send your rain our way, it’s so dry. I’ll even take the cold, especially for the holidays!

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      1. Oh, you will have to have someone drag you away, I’m sure! I feel that way about Monticello. I went up there over the weekend, and I actually sat on the grass taking pictures, and I didn’t want to leave. I think people were staring at me, hehe… πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve not heard of Gibb’s Garden…I’m sure it’s not very far from me. I’ll need to remember to visit in the spring as well.
    Or, I’ll just wait for your to post your gorgeous photos!!

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    1. I think those are my favorites as well. Someday I’d like to get a big old zoom lens so I can get up super close and personal with all kinds of fungi and moss. Now there’s a post to look forward to!

      Elisa

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  4. What a beautiful garden! And, the Estate House tucked in among the trees – very nice and pretty. The Keeper of the Garden almost looks like a certain kitty I know. πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s funny, I didn’t appreciate how beautiful it was until I started sorting through the pictures. At the time, it was the peacefulness that settled over me. And yes, 3 million bulbs. Can’t even imagine!

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