Celebrate summer at Gibbs Gardens
A shot of the serpentine Manor House rose arbor. Photo by Rick Cannon, June 2, 2013
Gorgeous flowers! Great music! Fun activities!
Enjoy roses, hydrangeas, daylilies, waterlilies, annuals and perennials
Visit Gibbs Gardens’ Seasons of Color for the most spectacular display of rose, hydrangea, daylily, waterlily, annual and perennial blossoms in the Southeast. There’s so much to enjoy at Gibbs Gardens this summer: flower festivals, music weekends and new special events for your entertainment.
In the Valley Gardens, masses of rose blossoms in vivid red, pink, yellow and white sweep across hillsides to celebrate the Rose Festival, running from May to November. At the Manor House, fragrant climbing New Dawn blush pink roses flower, carpeting the path below with rose petals. Nearby metal arches support climbing White Dawn roses.
Not to be outdone, six acres of woodland trails play host to more than 1,400 hydrangea plants, representing 140 varieties. The Hydrangea Festival is a favorite “must see” event for gardeners throughout the southeast.
First stop in the Valley Gardens, visit the incomparable Waterlily Gardens and the replica of Monet’s Japanese Bridge at Giverny. We celebrate the Waterlily Festival from May through November. The five ponds in the waterlily gardens contain over 140 tropical and hardy varieties of waterlilies – don’t miss viewing their reflections in the ponds.
You’ll see thousands of blooming daylilies in over 500 varieties. Only at Gibbs Gardens: To celebrate the Daylily Festival — running from June into August – you will be able to purchase your favorite daylilies from Jim Gibbs’ personal collection. Jim began planting daylilies in Gibbs Gardens in 1987. Choose from a huge selection of colors and varieties for your own daylily garden. At $6.99 a pot, you will only find this quality, selection and value at Gibbs Gardens.
Experience the sights, sounds and textures of nature in this garden paradise.
Sit on a bench, take a deep breath and relax for a minute in the unique and singular beauty of the Fern Dell. This is one of the largest natural ferneries in the country, sprawling alongside streambeds in the Valley Gardens for more than half a mile. Come to the Gardens this summer to experience this natural treasure as we introduce the Fern Dell Festival, new this year. The Fern Dell starts to fill with signs of ferns in early April and becomes more lush and green each day through summer until October.
From the Flower Bridge to Manor House Gardens’ seven terraces, massive plantings of thousands of annuals and perennials bejewel the landscape throughout the Gardens. This year Jim Gibbs is introducing the Annuals and Perennials Festival to celebrate the beauty of these plants in every season and the spectacular displays they create in summer.
More and more blooms appear throughout Gibbs Gardens as summer sunshine warms the soil and welcomes the blooms. The Valley Gardens and Manor House Gardens present vibrant, changing displays of flowers truly creating sweeping Seasons of Color. Plan your visits now with our monthly event and flower calendars and printable bloom calendar.
New this summer for your enjoyment
Don’t miss June special events:
Saturday, June 22: Lit & Lunch original works reading from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30, in the Green Tent. Read more
Gibbs Gardens strikes up the band!
Join us July Fourth Weekend when Jim Gibbs presents the second annual “Red, White and Blooms” music festival. Gibbs Gardens strikes up the band with not one – but two brass bands: July 4, the Sharptop Mountain Brass, and July 6, the 32-piece Roman Festival Brass.
Celebrate America at Gibbs Gardens’ “Red, White and Blooms” weekend:
July 4, Thursday: Sharptop Mt. Brass Band, Strolling Musicians and Off the Record, a guitar duo. Read more
July 6, Saturday: Roman Festival Brass, a 32-piece brass band and Sweetwater, a guitar and dulcimer duo. Read more
The events and music schedule is listed on the left side of this page (the home page) in our new “News and Events” box and will be updated monthly. Just click on the date and listing and a description of the event will open up.
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens as we welcome the hazy, lazy days of summer.