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Gibbs Gardens Azalea Fern Rose Colorfest




The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Ball Ground, GA   Hike: Gibbs Gardens Azalea Fern Rose Colorfest  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jun 23 2021  9:30 am >> Wed, Jun 23 2021 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Jun 18 2021 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 23 2021 6:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Distance:5 Miles
Pace:Leisurely
Trip Leader(s):
Mike C
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Member Cost:$20.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:

Wander through Gibbs Garden with me for Daffodil ColorFest. With over 20 million Daffodils, Gibbs Gardens is a great place to enjoy & take pictures of all the beautiful Georgia spring colors. There is not a set trail to follow. We will start at the entrance, head up to the Daffodil Gardens, then to the Manor House Garden. From the Manor House we will proceed to Fern Dell and the Japanese Gardens. We will than go to the Wildflower Meadow and the Rose Gardens. Returning to the Japanese Garden and will return to the Main Entrance via The Pleasure, Turning Point, and the Waterlily Garden.

 

At this point we will still have time for anyone that wants to return for a second visit of their favorite part of the Garden to enjoy it a second time. As you can see this hike has a basic structure to it, however it is also a free-flowing hike with the point being to enjoy the beauty of this Garden.

 

This is a great place to bring a camera or use your cell phone for pictures. The pictures posted were taken on an AOC hike from 2018.

 

I have chosen a Wednesday for this event because this will be my fifth visit and the weekend can be very crowded - having done both AOC and family trips on both weekdays and weekends.

There’s plenty of tasty food and other activities to get you in the spirit of everyone’s favorite time of year. Food will be available for purchase from the Arbor Cafe, https://www.gibbsgardens.com/visit/arbor-cafe-menu/

 

Gibbs Gardens, nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, includes 220 acres of breathtaking gardens set in mature rolling woodlands dotted with 24 ponds,19 waterfalls and myriad springs and streams with 32 bridge crossings. It’s also the country’s largest residential estate gardens. The gardens are composed of 16 gardens including 3 feature gardens – Manor House Gardens, Japanese and Waterlily Gardens. The 40 acre Japanese Gardens is the largest Japanese Garden in the country.

 All pictures were used with the permission of the photographer.

Gibbs Gardens Map ~ https://gibbsgardens-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Gibbs_Gardens_Map_1600.jpg (Click on the map to enlarge)

 

We will meet inside the Visitor Center at 9:00 am, the Gardens open at 9. 

 Tickets ~

Adults (18 to 64 years old): $20 per person + tax
Seniors (65+):  $18 per person + tax

All tickets must be purchased online.

      No ticketing transactions occurring on-site.

      Tickets must be purchased before arrival.

Make sure you hold on to your Gibbs Gardens one-day ticket. If you enjoy your visit to the Gardens and are already thinking about coming back, we have a great value for you. You can turn in your one-day ticket ($20 for an adult) for credit toward an Annual Membership. Please note, you only can turn in your one-day ticket on the day of your visit. That’s right—unlimited access to visit Gibbs Gardens during regular hours. Come for an hour, an afternoon or an entire day—whenever you get the urge. Membership entitles you to attend all events that take place in the Gardens free of charge.

 Visitor Information ~

No outside food or drinks (except water).

All bags, backpacks, packages, cases or containers are subject to search prior to entering the Gardens.  Failure to allow said search will result in you being asked to leave Gibbs Gardens.

No pets permitted with the exception of service animals.
Retractable leashes are not permitted.


Required Items to Bring:

WATER

 

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

CAMERA

HIKING POLES, if you like


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Gibbs Gardens

1987 Gibbs Drive                                        GPS Coordinates ~
Ball Ground, GA 30107                                34.3789562, -84.2807406

FROM INTERSECTION OF GA-400 AND I-285

  • Go north on Hwy 400 for approximately 30 miles to Hwy 369.
  • Turn LEFT onto Hwy 369 heading west.
  • Proceed approximately 12 miles and turn RIGHT on Yellow Creek Road. (See Big Canoe sign and tree nursery on left)
  • Continue on Yellow Creek Road 6.4 miles and turn RIGHT

 

 FROM INTERSECTION OF I-75 AND I-285

  • Go north on I-75 to I-575
  • Exit onto I-575 and continue north to Exit 19A-B (Hwy 20 East).
  • Exit 19A heading east toward Cumming.
  • Proceed 8.3 miles to Hwy 369.
  • Turn LEFT onto Hwy 369 and go 2 miles to 4-way stop.
  • Cross Hwy 372 and continue straight for 1.8 miles then turn LEFT onto Yellow Creek Road.
    (See the Big Canoe sign and tree nursery on the right.)
  • Continue on Yellow Creek Road 6.4 miles and turn RIGHT on Gibbs Drive GARDEN ENTRANCE.

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Notes:

The Trip Leader(s) for this event has (have) elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event. Therefore, by registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.


* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Member Cost:$20.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Tickets to be purchased directly from Gibbs Gardens online.

Adults (18 to 64 years old): $20 per person + tax
Seniors (65+):  $18 per person + tax
Group Rates: $16.00 per person for an unguided group of 10 or more

Make sure you hold on to your Gibbs Gardens one-day ticket. If you enjoy your visit to the Gardens and are already thinking about coming back, we have a great value for you. You can turn in your one-day ticket ($20 for an adult) for credit toward an Annual Membership. Please note, you only can turn in your one-day ticket on the day of your visit. That’s right—unlimited access to visit Gibbs Gardens during regular hours. Come for an hour, an afternoon or an entire day—whenever you get the urge. Membership entitles you to attend all events that take place in the Gardens free of charge.

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.
*Note:

All funds to be paid directly to Gibbs Gardens - no money collected by AOC or Trip Leader



Registration for this event opens at 6/18/2021 6:00:00 PM