Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Festival
Ball Ground, Georgia
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Gibbs Gardens: "We plant early-, mid- and late-season bloomers so we have daffodils in bloom from opening day until the festival ends [check website and Facebook page]."
From the Gibbs Gardens website: There are actually three two-week mini-daffodil seasons at Gibbs Gardens as early, mid and late blooming varieties take their turn on nature’s stage. Come every two weeks to see the beauty and unique characteristics of the early, mid and late blooming blossoms.
From Gibbs Gardens:
From March 1- mid-April, more than 20 million daffodils bloom during the annual Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Festival. Over 100 varieties cover 50-plus acres of hillsides, fields and valley. Southern Living magazine describes our daffodil festival "the most stunning daffodil gardens ever!"
Called Georgia's "hidden jewel", this magnificent 300-acre estate features more than 220 acres of gardens set in a mature hardwood forest with 30 spring-fed ponds, waterfalls and bridge crossings. Set in the rolling woodlands of north Cherokee County, Gibbs Gardens offers you a garden experience beyond description.
One of 25 gardens from 15 different states, Gibbs Gardens is designated as an official American Daffodil Society Display Garden.
From Gibbs Gardens:
Jim Gibbs began planting daffodils in 1987 and the planting has continued yearly. More than three million daffodils have been planted, and millions more have grown from natural division. With 50 acres of hills and dales planted with daffodils, Gibbs Gardens is one of the largest daffodil gardens in the nation.
To create the gardens, land was cleared and terraces with lush grass created, providing open spaces to contrast with natural woodland. Terraces have long curves with walks on level areas to view the early-, mid- and late-blooming daffodils during the six-week season. Gentle walks traverse two of the hillsides and climb 150 feet to spectacular views of the north Georgia mountains in the near distance with millions of daffodils below.
With more than 100 varieties of daffodils, colors range from primrose-yellow to yellow, saffron, gold, orange, shades of yellow and orange, and finally to blush pinks, creamy whites and white. Shades of yellow daffodils contrast with the deep green of evergreens and lawn. Color waves ebb and tide and begin to build on adjoining hills. Forsythia, quince, spiraea and dogwood blossoms accent the daffodils.
Jim Gibbs has a very special personal connection to The Daffodil Gardens. "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth was his mother's favorite poem and the daffodil her favorite flower. He named the Daffodil Gardens in memory of his mother, Margaret Anderson Gibbs.
Gibbs Gardens is located in Ball Ground, Georgia, less than an hour's drive north of Atlanta, and between Georgia highways 575 and 400.
The Gardens are open March 1- mid-December. Visit our website for directions, tickets and information about events.
January 26, 2012 press release about Southern Living Magazine (Feb 2012):
Southern Living Magazine Names Gibbs Gardens "The Most Stunning Daffodil Garden Ever!"
World-class destination garden to open March 1 in North Georgia Southern Living Magazine (Feb. 2012) calls North Georgia's Gibbs Gardens "The Most Stunning Daffodil Garden Ever!" M. Lindsay Bierman, the magazine's editor, describes Gibbs Gardens' daffodil gardens as "the most spectacular display of blooms this side of Holland"
Last Updated: January 12, 2016