Gibbs Gardens is conveniently located less than an hour’s drive north of Atlanta, between SR 400 and 575. You will enter Gibbs Gardens off Yellow Creek Road in Cherokee County, from Hwy 53 on the north or SR 369 on the south.
You’ll begin to experience Gibbs Gardens’ unique blend of natural and man-made features as soon as you turn onto Gibbs Drive. A shaded allée created by 120 Red Sunset Maples bordered by towering Leyland Cypress trees will lead you through a cathedral-like canopy of trees to the hidden gardens beyond.
Follow Gibbs Drive to the visitor parking lots where you will find convenient, free parking close to the garden entrance. A bus parking lot is nearby for bus tours and recreational vehicle parking.
GARDENS HOURS OF OPERATION
The Gardens open for the 2015 Season on Friday, March 6th. The Daffodil Festival runs from March to mid-April.
March 6-June 14
Tuesday-Sunday – 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Last admission daily is at 4:00 p.m.
June 17-December 13
Wednesday-Sunday - 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Last admission daily is at 4:00 p.m.
The best day to schedule group visits is Wednesdays when there are fewer visitors in the gardens. Groups of 10 or more visitors receive the special $16 ticket price so be sure to register your group tour at email@example.com or call 770-893-1881 and ask for Group Tours.
Plan on three to four hours to see all of Gibbs Gardens or one and one-half to two hours to see either the Valley Gardens or Manor House Gardens.
The Flower Bridge
To greet his guests in true Gibbs Gardens style, Jim Gibbs created two beautiful flower bridges to welcome you and guide you to The Welcome Center, the heart of the entrance area.
Your garden experience is just beginning. Enjoy the feast for your senses Gibbs Gardens presents. Splashing waterfalls, fountains, birds singing and nature’s bounty of color, scents and amazing sights.
Inside the Welcome Center you will find an art gallery area and The Seasons Gift Store (to learn more about these amenities, go to "Garden Amenities"), restrooms and ticketing.
The ticketing and information area will help speed you on your way to the Gardens. You can purchase tickets at the Welcome Center or for added convenience, order your tickets online ahead of your visit by clicking here.
Tickets to visit the gardens are $20 for general admission to all 16 garden venues. Seniors (65 and older), tour groups of 10 or more and children 4-17 can visit the gardens for $18. Children 3 and under are free. Please note American Express is not accepted in the gardens.
Jim Gibbs and the Garden Gang welcome visitors to beautiful Gibbs Gardens. Enjoy the view from our open-air trams. One tram circles the area between the Welcome Center and the Japanese Garden; the other tram travels to the Manor House and back to the Welcome Center every half hour
Come to Gibbs Gardens and ride our tram!
The Gibbs Gardens’ open-air trams run two regular routes in the garden. One tram, which runs from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, continually circles the area between the Welcome Center and the Japanese Gardens. Our second tram, which runs between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM, travels between the Welcome Center and the Manor House. An all-day tram pass is just $5, allowing you to use the tram to travel to both the Japanese and Manor House gardens.
For more information about your visit to Gibbs Gardens email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-893-1880. Gibbs Gardens is located at 1998 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground GA, 30107. Note: For GPS directions use 1987 Gibbs Drive as your destination.
Accessibility in the gardens
Jim Gibbs wants every Gibbs Gardens visitor to enjoy a wonderful experience. Gibbs Gardens has handicapped parking near the garden entrance. The Valley Gardens are predominantly wheelchair accessible. The Welcome Center (ticketing, restrooms and The Seasons gift store) and The Arbor Café are all wheelchair accessible.
The paths in our Valley Gardens are easy to traverse; they are quite level and wide. There are many benches – 126 in the Valley Gardens alone –to provide a comfortable place to sit and rest or just time to relax and gaze around the gardens.
The paths are covered with a ground granite composition that becomes quite hard in dry weather; however, after days of heavy rain it may soften a bit. We advise disabled visitors to check weather reports or contact us after heavy rains before coming to visit the gardens.
For the safety and convenience of visitors who may use a wheelchair or other assistive device, we will post this icon in the Gibbs Gardens News area on our home page when the paths may be too wet or spongy to traverse easily in a wheelchair.
The Manor House Gardens are not wheelchair accessible due to steps in several places. Wheelchairs are not for rent at the gardens.
For an added bonus, 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 on the day of your visit for credit toward a 4-Season Membership. 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.
4-Season Membership fees are $50 for individuals, $100 for couples and $50 per person for families. Admission fees are subject to state and local sales tax. There is no charge for parking.
For real convenience, buy a 4-Season Membership for unlimited visits to the Gardens, a great place to bring visiting friends. For $30 (plus state and county tax) you may redeem your one-day garden ticket ($20 for an individual) for one 4 Season Membership.
Come to the Gardens for an hour, afternoon or entire day any time you get the urge. The Gardens change every three weeks with new flowers coming into bloom. (See our beautiful, printable bloom calendar in this section.)
Don’t forget to pick up the Gibbs Gardens brochure with maps of the gardens and helpful hints about your visit.
Food and beverages may be purchased at Gibbs Gardens’ Arbor Café. Neither coolers nor outside food items are permitted in the gardens. There is a picnic area available outside the gardens near the parking lot.
Jim’s number one concern is protecting the garden experience for all his visitors. To do that he asks every visitor to be considerate of others.
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on garden property.
Do not block pathways or access to pathways. Please stay on designated pathways.
The Gardens does NOT permit any type of staged photography, whether amateur or professional. This includes, but is not limited to: Engagement, Wedding, Maternity and Fashion photos; Child and Family Portraits; Senior Pictures; and Glamor shots. We do, however, welcome our visitors to take random photos of the horticulture.
Children must be supervised at all times. Climbing, running and rough play are prohibited.
Pets are not allowed in the gardens. Service animals are permitted with certified written documentation.
Please do not litter in the gardens.