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Gibbs Gardens - Spring, Glorious Spring!
|Event Location:||1987 GIBBS DRIVE, BALL GROUND, GA 30107|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Apr 23 2023 9:00 am >> Sun, Apr 23 2023 1:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Apr 14 2023 6:43 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Apr 21 2023 6:43 pm|
|Event Duration:||4 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D1: Easy|
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|Member Cost:||$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||5|
|Number Registered So Far:||7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Gibbs Gardens in North Georgia is a beautiful set of landscaped gardens with flowers that bloom seasonally year round. At the time we visit we can expect to see Azaleas, Japanese Maples, Dogwoods, Pansies, and Tulips blooming, along with others. We will spend the morning enjoying their gardens and then may grab lunch before heading back to Atlanta. Going early usually helps avoid crowds.
I plan to bring my camera and stop to take lots of photos, so this will not be a fast-paced walk. We will take our time and really enjoy the gardens. Everyone else is encouraged to bring their cameras as well!
Our first stops will be the Manor House, Inspiration Garden, and Japanese Gardens. We will then continue on to the other areas to explore further. After we have visited most of the gardens, we will take a last stroll around the ponds to view the water lillies, which hopefully will have opened by then in the midday sunshine.
Here's a link to a map of the property: https://www.gibbsgardens.com/visit/garden-map/
Please note: I'm marking this as a D1 event but there will be plenty of walking involved because the grounds are quite extensive. Per their website, they have 300+ acres of "artistically landscaped gardens surrounded by majestic forest, spring-fed ponds, streams, waterfalls and bridge crossings. Garden venues include four feature gardens including the Daffodil Gardens; 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."
Here is a link to their website with more information: http://www.gibbsgardens.com/
Tickets- below is a link to where you can purchase your tickets ahead of time online (doing so in advance means we won't have to wait for everyone to do so upon arrival before we can start our walk):
The gardens open at 9:00 am, so I plan to have us arrive at that time to try and stay ahead of the worst of the crowds. PLEASE BE ON TIME. We will meet at the bridge near the entrance, and will want to enter as a group.
|How to Get There:|
FROM INTERSECTION OF I-75 AND I-285
FROM SR 400 AND I-285
Although this is a paid event, you do not pay through the AOC. Instead, we will each pay individually for our tickets online ahead of time.
Link to ticket purchases: https://www.gibbsgardens.com/visit/tickets/
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This is the entrance fee for the gardens. You will pay it directly to Gibbs, not to the Trip Leader or AOC. If you're already an active member of Gibbs Gardens, you do not need to purchase a ticket for this event.
|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.
This event may be cancelled if the weather is too rainy since the whole purpose is to enjoy the beauty of the gardens. Your trip leader will keep everyone up to date on the status of the weather and alert attendees if it appears that it will be an issue. Please note: if the event is cancelled, you can still use your tickets to access the Gardens any other day of the year. Of course you can also wait to purchase tickets until the night before the event as well.