Gibbs Gardens
Gibbs Gardens
4.5
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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350+ acres of artistically landscaped gardens surrounded by majestic forest, spring-fed ponds, streams, waterfalls and bridge crossings. Sixteen garden venues include four feature gardens including the Daffodil Gardens, 50 acres of daffodils with more than 20 million blooms, blooming from March to early April; the Manor House Gardens, designed to offer color in spring, summer and fall, with lush terraces, waterfalls, sweeping lawns and woodland; the Monet Waterlily Gardens, featuring 140 varieties of waterlilies blooming from late spring through fall; the Japanese Gardens spanning more than 40 acres with spring-fed ponds, islands, bridges, boulders, rocks and 40 handcrafted Japanese lanterns. A large collection of Japanese maples provide brilliant colors in autumn. We welcome you to visit our Gardens at least once every three weeks, from Feb. 14 through early Dec., to see its ever changing beauty.
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Lori T
Dawsonville, GA2,497 contributions
We are lucky to be close enough to Gibbs Gardens to make several visits a year. Our visit on March 11, 2021, was highlighted by delightful daffodils, colorful quince, splendid weather, and best of all, friendly staff. Gibbs Gardens still has appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place, including mask wearing by all staff, masks required in the restrooms and gift store and outside within 6-feet of other people. Although the day we visited was busier than we anticipated, everyone was being courteous and keeping their distance. The daffodils were just beginning to bloom, which is much later than the past couple of years. That means there will be plenty of daffodils throughout March. During our visit, the edgeworthia (paperbush) were in full bloom, filling the gardens with their fabulous fragrance. Regardless of the time of year, we always find delight in the Japanese Garden, and on this visit, it was the Japanese cherry in bloom that was putting on the show. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Written March 11, 2021
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WheelingTraveler
Chicago, IL676 contributions
Gibbs Gardens is operated by a commercial landscape company, so this is not a botanical garden. In my opinion the main purpose of this venture is to promote their own landscape design business to some multi-millionaires and/or facilitate beautiful photo opportunities for most visitors. If you are in the later category, you won't be disappointed.

Parking is free but it can be a little more walk to the ticketing area if you come late. The gardens are mainly divided into Japanese Gardens (or Valley Gardens) close to the entrance area and the Manor house located further uphill. Most of my time were spent in the Japanese Gardens as my wife wanted so many photographs there that I could hardly move more than a few feet without taking another picture.

The Manor house has multi-level terraces and provide a great view of the valley below. But if you are disabled, you will have problems visiting the Manor house without a tour bus. I did not require such service but saw them when up in the House area. At the side of the manor house, there are restrooms. They were the only ones I found in addition to those in the ticketing area close to the parking lot.

We spent the whole afternoon there for like four hours. Although the place said close at 4PM, I was told you can stay inside for at least another hour after close. I saw beautifully dressed folks entering the gardens at around 3PM, so they must know what they could accomplish before close. This place is like 2 hours outside Atlanta. And the place does not open every day of the year, so be sure to check on their hours before scheduling a trip. I came after lunch on my date of visit so I could not comment on any food service there.
Written January 19, 2020
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Lou H
Morristown, TN37 contributions
A quick trip to Georgia for a couple of days included Gibbs Gardens in the month of late August. Such a wonderful place. We spent about 3 hours walking the paths for the Valley Gardens as well as the Manor Gardens. From the water lilies to the greenery to the Manor house was well done. Such easy walking paths. The Manor Gardens do have an elevation change but easy up since they kinda "swoop" the path up the hill. GPS found the location easily. Being a bit of a cloudy day made for great pictures!
Written August 28, 2022
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Nature Lover
Atlanta, GA2 contributions
I agree with the poster who described his visit to Gibbs Gardens as, "Russian Roulette." I am extremely disappointed in Gibbs' handling of the Corona Virus in recent weeks, and their misrepresentation of facts, conditions, and safety during this pandemic. People are not wearing masks, they aren't attempting to social distance. They walk 2 abreast and don't offer to step aside. I had to step off the path several times, despite the "Stay off the grass" signs. They boast "over 200 acres which allows plenty of space for social distancing," when in reality, guests are mostly confined to a path. My opinion of the "article of praise” written by Governor Kemp and posted on their web site: It was used to entice people to an unsafe situation, so that Gibbs could honor memberships without having to make concessions, and continue to reap their usual profits. I am 78, I know how crowded this place gets, and because of health concerns, had to avoid it during the most colorful part of the season due to vast crowds and fear of the highly contagious Covid-19. I had heard that unlike many other places of business, they were making no concessions for those who had paid for the entire year, but were of the high risk group and couldn't go. Finally, just before the current up-tick in CV cases, I decided to go, equipped with 2 masks and sanitizer. I got there at 9:15 AM in an attempt to avoid crowds. I couldn't use the free pass for my daughter because their web site stated that they weren't honoring the “free pass for a friend," which is part of their marketing scheme to sell memberships, and my biggest reason for purchasing a membership. During my visit I couldn't justify staying very long due to concerns mentioned above. On my way out I mentioned the lack social distancing, masks, and the free pass. I asked if they were making concessions for Covid-19. She said, “ no,” they were not offering concessions and that I could bring my daughter back and use the honor system to get her in . . . something that was never put forth to their members on the web site (to the contrary) or via email. In other words, they were trying to avoid honoring these free passes. My membership was due to expire and I could not justify putting myself and my daughter at risk by returning during this critical time. One last note, when I used the ladies room during my visit, the person checking people in told me to, “hurry up.” How rude! Never again . . . there are too many other beautiful places to visit in our great state!
Written July 13, 2020
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Dear Joan-in-GA: We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit to Gibbs Gardens. We take the COVID-19 threat very seriously, and much of our time is spent keeping our employees and visitors as safe as possible. The protocols below have been in place dating back to March: 1. All visitors must use outside points (hundreds of feet from one another) to enter/exit the Gardens. 2. Masks are not required in the Gardens. If we were an indoor facility, they would be required. The visitor size we average daily as well as 200+ acres gives visitors plenty of room to physically distance themselves. We do not have any “Stay Off The Grass” signs in the Gardens, unless you are referring to one small area around our Waterlily Pond, where we ask photographers not to place their tripods on the grass. In all candor Nature Lover, keeping physically distanced from others also falls back on you. If you are going to visit public venues, you need to be prepared to ask someone to step back if they violate your safe zone. It is no different than going to the grocery store. 3. All visitors must have a valid membership or have purchased tickets on-line prior to arrival because we are not conducting any face-to-face ticketing transactions on site. 4. Our tram service is suspended until the 6-foot distancing protocol is cancelled. 5. We limit the number of shoppers in our Gift Store at any one time and all shoppers and employees who work in that area must be masked. 6. All scheduled events from the start of this pandemic through the last day of our operating season have been cancelled. 7. Our café, while open, is serving a very limited menu. In addition, all tables in our outside eating area have been removed with only chairs spread 6 feet apart or greater available. 8. Our restrooms are monitored every minute we are open, and the number of visitors allowed in at any one time is limited. To your point, that you were told to “Hurry up.” I am not doubting that you were asked to limit your time in the restroom to the minimum amount necessary because as stated above, we severely limit the number of people in the men’s or women’s at any given time. However, our associates do not “bark orders.” However, I was not there, so I cannot take exception to what was said or your interpretation of it. We have spoken to the employee that was involved and coached her to ensure that her requests as people are entering are not perceived as rude, but still make the point of the need for speed so those waiting to gain access are able to do so as quickly as possible. Again, being as candid as you were with your comments, we take exception to your statements “so they could reap the profits” and “lure you into purchasing a membership.” We are not reaping any profits. We are losing money every day we are open during the pandemic, but Jim Gibbs realizes the Gardens are the only escape for many from their lockdown at home, so we remain open. Second, the sale of our memberships is not done by luring people. They realize that an annual membership is paid for in three visits, which includes their current one and with members coming two to three times a week on average, why would they continue to pay general admission ticket prices? If you should decide to make a return visit, I strongly suggest, based on your concerns, that you wait until COVID-19 is no longer considered a threat. Sincerely, Charlie Frankel General Manager
Written July 14, 2020
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MemphisZ
Germantown, TN265 contributions
This is a lovely place north of Atlanta in the foothills of the Appalachians. We will go many times as it is about 20 minutes from our home: to see different stages of daffodils (huge fields), the Cherry Blooms and Japanese Gardens, the Rhododendrons/dogwoods/azaleas in the spring; then in the fall, the colors of the maples, and other parts of the Garden. I believe a $50 annual pass per person is very very reasonable given the size of the Gardens, and the beauty to which it is maintained. Because of Covid, they aren't able to run their trams, allow small groups, etc. Doesn't matter - - - it's beautiful and worth the time, and the walk, to be in such a lovely place.
Written March 12, 2021
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Neal B
Clinton, OH158 contributions
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This place is beautiful. It is serene, well laid out and a lovely way to spend an afternoon. They have taken great care to highlight what is in bloom and set the walking path thru that area. There is a lovely area to have a snack or lunch w outdoor seating in a comfortable oasis. The staff is very helpful and friendly and made our visit extra special. Everything is organized well from parking attendants to give u guidance in the lot to the front office greeters helping to get your tickets. The gift shop has some nice things and the maps were helpful. We took our time and spent about 1 1/2 hours going through. The area around the house is pretty and all the gardens are worth seeing. This really is a must visit !
Written August 26, 2022
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Bex
Atlanta, GA34 contributions
Absolutely loved this place went on the recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed. Me and my husband who are in our late 30’s went on a Friday and it was pretty quiet. All the staff wore face masks and cones were placed on the paths at the busy areas to ensure people kept to their side of the path. Not everyone wore masks, but it’s fine you’re out in the fresh air you cannot catch the Covid19 virus walking past people and not talking to them. We wore our masks when visiting the gift room and toilets and all areas were spotless and clean. It outside of that we chose not too as we didn’t encounter many people. People who complain about masks not being worn by people need to stay home as you’re outside in nature and in the sunshine something that will strengthen your immune system. Don’t criticize Gibbs Gardens it’s your choice to go outside in the public and if you’re that worried stay home!

Gibbs Gardens is really beautiful and the Manor House such a pleasurable surprise. The owners of Gibbs Gardens live in the Manor House so you cannot go inside the House but that’s fine the gardens and water features are gorgeous. The Japanese Gardens are cool too and we are thinking of going back in the Fall as apparently the colors are even more vibrant with bright reds and oranges. The Butterfly Gardens are not open and some of the bridges are also closed off but it doesn’t detract from the experience.

All in all we had a wonderful day. The staff are absolutely friendly and sweet a credit to Gibbs Gardens. After our 3 hour spent here we went to the local winery which topped off a wonderful day ...
Written July 12, 2020
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Claude C
Auburn, AL10 contributions
I've been a season pass holder for 2 years. It's really a beautiful place and needs to be viewed at least twice per season to appreciate the real beauty.

My wife and I decided that it might be a safe place to visit, assuming the CDC guidelines were required. So today we went to see the hydrangeas and day lilies.

What we found, after a 45 min drive from our house, is that almost no one was wearing a mask and there was no sign requiring that. We probably saw about 50 - 80 people there in the 10 min that we stayed. We saw exactly one staff member wearing a mask and 3 patrons besides ourselves.

Do people just not understand CDC guidelines? Does anyone recognize that case/death numbers are skyrocketing? Mask wearing and distancing are not an either or proposition.

We really felt unsafe and left almost as soon as we got there. Very unnerving.

My suggestion: If they are not going to enforce CDC guidelines, then wait until after there is a proven vaccine to go there.
Written June 26, 2020
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Dear Claude C: In response to your review, we appreciate your kind words about the Gardens. However, as far as the COVID-19 threat, we are spread out over 200 acres, which allows plenty of space for social distancing. In addition, the protocols listed below have been in place at the Gardens dating back to March: 1. All visitors must use outside points (which are hundreds of feet from one another) to enter/exit the Gardens. 2. All visitors must have a valid membership or have purchased tickets on-line prior to arrival because we are not conducting any face-to-face ticketing transactions on site. 3. Our tram service is suspended and will continue to be until the 6-foot distancing protocol is cancelled. 4. If someone wants to visit our gift store, we limit the number of shoppers that can be in there at any one time and all shoppers as well as our employees who work in that area must be masked. 5. All normally scheduled events from the start of this pandemic through the last day of our operating season have been cancelled. 6. Our café, while open, is serving a very limited menu with most of the items being pre-packaged snacks directly from the manufacturer. In addition, all tables in our outside eating area have been removed with only chairs spread 6 feet apart or greater available to eat one’s snack. 7. Our restrooms are monitored every minute we are open, and the number of visitors allowed in at any one time is severely limited. If we were strictly an indoor facility or did not have the acreage to physically distance visitors, we would require masks. However, based on these two factors, the use of masks outside is optional and will continue to be unless our discussions with Environmental Health officials suggest otherwise. At the same time, if someone is uncomfortable with our current setup or are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, we will always tell them to delay their visit until there is a substantial change to the threat. We speak with the majority of those who visit, and they see a minuscule risk of visiting here versus, for example, going to the grocery store. Stay well! Sincerely, Charlie Frankel
Written June 27, 2020
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Helen711
Atlanta, GA1,228 contributions
Visited here with friends on March 12, the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, before everyone was on lockdown. There were very few people due to overcast skies, but many varieties of daffodils (my favorite!) were in bloom. There is a lot to see. There are Japanese gardens, the Manor House, the water garden with the bridge that looks like the one in France, several overlooks to view the nearby mountains and more. They've also put up Porta Potties along the pathways. Regular admission is $20, seniors are $18. There is a gift shop, and we were also able to buy daffodil bulbs ($15/dozen).
Written March 18, 2020
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Lori T
Dawsonville, GA2,497 contributions
We visited on Feb 26, 2020, and the hillsides were filling with color from the blooming daffodils. The best is yet to come, but the gardens are beautiful already. During our hour-long walk, we saw lots of daffodils in a serene forest setting, hellebores (Lenten Roses) blooming by the Manor House, a zillion shades of green in the Japanese Garden, and much more. The staff are incredibly friendly and happy to answer your questions. The tram provides an easy way to get to the daffodils. Highly recommend a visit to Gibbs Gardens catch the daffodils in March and then again throughout the season. There is always something in bloom.
Written February 27, 2020
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