Sunday, February 23, 2014
Today's garden is a perfect paradise for garden lovers. The Gibbs Gardens are located in northern Georgia, near the mountains in a town called Ball Ground. These are the residential gardens of designer and founder of the Atlanta based, Gibbs Landscaping Company, Jim Gibbs. They cover over 220 acres and feature 16 garden venues, including a Japanese Garden, Water Lily Garden, Daffodil Garden, and Manor House Garden.
The gardens were started in 1980, and planted with older trees to give it a look of age and character. A stream flows through the property. Thousands of naturalized ferns had been planted around the stream and surrounding springs, making it one of the largest ferneries in the country. There are also 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, and 19 waterfalls.
The gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for children.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Today's post is one of the most unusual gardens I've ever seen. It's the Ave Maria Grotto located in Cullman, Alabama. This three acre site contains 125 miniature replicas of churches, shrines and other famous building from around the world. Known as "Jerusalem in the Miniature," this masterpiece is the creation of Brother Joseph Zoettle, a monk who lived at the St. Bernard Abby. It began as a hobby in 1933, and evolved into this amazing work of art. The last piece, the Basilica in Lourdes, was created in 1958 when he was 80 years old.
The Grotto is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7.00 for adults and $4.50 for children.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The gardens are open from dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Today, the garden is a popular place for weddings. If you visit, be sure to see the Old Wedding Tree, which I'm sure has seen countless couples married under its sprawling branches!
Other features to visit are the Hanging Gardens and the Great Pool.
The garden is open on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children.