Gibbs Gardens, located in northeast Cherokee County south of the Pickens County line, opened the 200 acres of gardens to the public on March 1, 2012. Founded by Jim Gibbs, the gardens started out as a 300-acre private estate in 1980. The Manor House Gardens and The Valley Gardens are the main gardens containing 16 unique garden venues.
The Daffodil Gardens cover over 50 acres of hillsides with millions of blooms. The sounds, scents and beauty of nature are abundant as you stroll along the streams with many waterfalls and the water gardens with 22 reflecting ponds.
A Tram is available to take you between the two gardens as well as handicap accessible paths. Benches are throughout the gardens allowing you to relax and reflect.
The Welcome Center includes The Seasons gift store and oil paintings by impressionistic artist Ann Young. The Lady of Arbor Crest appears in each painting and her identity is a mystery to everyone except Jim Gibbs.
It's hard to resist a lunch or snack from the Arbor Café as you walk by and smell the fresh bread and sweets.
The gardens are open Thursday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. from March 1st through November 30th. Wednesdays are reserved for groups of 10 or more. Season tickets are available. For more information, visit www.gibbsgardens.com or call 770-893-1880.
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