Gibbs Gardens

10.09.2016

Who knew this beautiful place was just an hour away from us? Not us. While we were out getting pumpkins a few weeks ago I kept seeing signs for Gibbs Gardens fall festivals so I had to check this out further. After googling the info I realized this would be a fun day out to Gibbs Gardens.

Jim Gibbs found and purchased 292 acres in the eighties and had these extensive gardens built. The Japanese garden is the largest in the nation. There is also the water lilies garden with a replica of the Monet bridge built in the exact measurements and chippy paint color. We failed to see the water lilies garden, because starvation fogged our brains and we left to go eat, but maybe next time.



This is the Gibbs family home on the property and they still live there so we couldn't see the inside. I did notice through the windows as we walked by that the floors were done in a herringbone pattern. Wish we could have seen more.

These folks were actually looking in the windows. It would have been funny if Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs had stared back at them.

This is the family pool below the house.



As we started down the trail to the Japanese garden I took this distant shot of the back of the house.



Statuary is found throughout the gardens.

The Japanese garden was so pretty as we approached it.



This was really pretty!

Interesting rock.















My man mentioned to me while we were on the way to this place that this was the third weekend in a row that we had ventured off to do something I wanted to do. Awe, thanks, dear!
I told him he was making up for lost time.

We could have eaten at a small cafe they had on site, but we were hoping to enjoy French fare since a French Market was going on that weekend, but the food was not to be found. We asked and they said the crepes makers didn't come back after poor sales the weekend before.

I may go back when fall color is at peak and see the rest of the gardens.

Enjoy your day and the long weekend if you have tomorrow off.


20 comments:

  1. The gardens are beautiful.I have visited Callaway Gardens, south of Atanta. Beautiful as well.

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  2. How gorgeous...my mom would love the Japanese gardens....the Fall would be spectacular there!

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  3. Beautiful. It is lovely of the family to share the gardens. Are they open all the time? It would be interesting to have folks walking around the yard when you were making lunch!

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    1. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday and only open seasonally.

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  4. The gardens are sooooo spectacular!!!!!! How generous of the family to share it with the public so everyone can enjoy all that beauty!
    ~Des

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  5. Such a beautiful piece of property and what a great day!

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  6. Gorgeous! I would LOVE to see those Japanese gardens. Glad you got away again. My hubby is such a homebody it is like pulling teeth to get him out, UGH!

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  7. How beautiful! I bet it was very tranquil there. I can't imagine living on such a beautiful property as that! Too bad that you didn't get any real French food while visiting. That would've been the icing on the cake! (no pun intended)

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  8. Wow, what magnificent gardens! It is very generous of them to invite the public in!

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  9. How beautiful. Can you imagine living there? Wow!

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  10. LOL--Sounds like you were able to peek inside the windows too if you noticed the floors! You should plan a return trip in the spring. The daffodils are indescribably beautiful! Also, I believe I've heard or read that some of the statuaries depict the Gibbs' children/grandchildren in some way.

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    1. Kathy, we had to walk right next to their house to the pool and the sun was reflecting in on the floor and another person said what pretty floors and I looked as we walked by. No peeking in.

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  11. What a beautiful place to visit...and so close to you and you never found it before!! You will HAVE to go back every season to see how it looks at different times of the year.
    Hope you have a great week- xo Diana

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  12. Stunning gardens, something I miss here, rarely are any private gardens open to the public, which is a shame as I always find I get such inspiration from just walking around. Thank goodness for the Internet, it seems my ideas will have to come from some virtual gardening!

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  13. I love to walk through gardens when we travel. This looks like a wonderful place.

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  14. Beautiful and thanks for sharing but where is it?

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  15. I have a question totally unrelated to today's post. What size (width) are the curtain rods in your sunroom? We just enclosed our screen porch to make a sunroom. I'm using Country Curtain's red buffalo check curtains and would like to hang them like you did in your beautiful sunroom.

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    1. I don't know the exact size. I just bought the smallest size they carried at Lowes.

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