Travel Tips for Gibbs Gardens, Georgia
Located a short drive north of Atlanta, Gibbs Gardens
opened in March, 2012. It's the work of Jim Gibbs, the retired
President and founder of one of Atlanta's prestige landscape companies.
The gardens cover over 200 acres and feature 16 garden venues, with 24
ponds, 32 bridge crossings, and 19 waterfalls.
Our Tips for Gibbs Gardens:
One of our best impressions -- this is a very
upscale, first class venue with a friendly staff and everything done just
Gibbs Gardens are large, but walkable.
Wear comfortable shoes, carry some water in hot weather, and allow yourself
to relax and enjoy.
Even though they are fairly new, Gibbs
Gardens have scored quite a bit of acclaim for their incredible
There are two trams, both leaving the
visitor's center. One makes round trips to the Japanese Gardens, the
other to the Manor House. Take both, and walk back. The tram to
the Japanese Gardens gives you a view of the north end of the gardens as you
ride along. Most importantly, the
tram to the Manor House takes you up a fairly steep hill that would be
difficult to walk. There is a nominal charge for the trams.
When riding a tram, sit as close to the front
as possible. The tram roads at Gibbs Gardens are dirt, and riders in the back are
subject to a lot of dust.
Speaking of dust, both the entrance road to
the property, and the parking lot surface, are dirt with gravel. There
is a lot of dust in these areas, and when we left the car driving
behind us was enveloped in a cloud of dust all the way to the main road.
Try not to follow another car into the property or out of it.
There is very little direct sun anywhere in
Gibbs Gardens. Nearly all of the gardens are in shade or soft,
diffused sunlight. We didn't need sunglasses.
Bring your camera, especially if you have
family members with you. There are many excellent backdrops for photos
of your family. Gibbs Gardens is a photographer's paradise.
Consider a one year pass if you think you
will visit Gibbs Gardens several times in a twelve month period. You
can purchase a day pass when you enter the gardens, and (if you are
impressed) as you leave you can turn in your day pass for full credit
against a one year pass. We did.
The Arbor Cafe, next to the visitor
center, has excellent sandwiches on bread that is baked fresh daily.
You buy your sandwich, drinks, cookies, etc. and then sit outdoors in the
shade and eat lunch. There are plenty of tables. You can also
take a sandwich with you as you leave the gardens.
The gift shop is also very nice, with a
Consider extending your visit to Gibbs
Gardens with a trip to Amicalola Falls -- more about that here.