The state of Georgia is known for producing stunning flowers each spring, and the 26 public gardens you can visit along the North Georgia Garden Trail highlight the season’s beauty in full color. Three of those gardens are just a short drive from the Northside, making it easy to get out and enjoy those spectacular blooms.
Gibbs Gardens is a magnificent world-class garden just up the road from North Fulton and Forsyth in Ball Ground. It has more than 220 acres of landscaped gardens with 16 garden venues, streams and waterfalls, 22 reflecting ponds, lakes and hillsides covered with mature woodlands. The grounds include the breathtaking beauty of more than 20 million daffodils; the Manor House with seven garden terraces; the nation’s largest Japanese garden with thousands of Japanese maples; more than 150 varieties of water lilies and thousands of hydrangeas, azaleas, roses, ferns and rhododendrons to stroll through and enjoy.
For more information and pricing, visit www.gibbsgardens.com. Address: 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107 Call: 770-893-1881
Atlanta Botanical Gardens - Gainesville
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens has expanded, adding its newest location in Gainesville. Its Gainesville Gardens includes a visitor center, outdoor gardens, hiking trails and an amphitheater. The garden has developed the largest conservation nursery for endangered plants in the Southeast. Special features in Gainesville include the woodland promenade, overlook, stream and glade gardens and forest pond. You can also hike the Sourwood and Holly Ridge trails and play in the Model Train garden.
For more information and pricing, www.atlantabg.org/gainesville-garden. Address: 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501 Call: 404-888-4760
Located on the shoreline of Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Hamilton Gardens is one of the area’s best kept secret gardens. The 3,000-plant collection includes the largest rhododendron collection in the state of Georgia and the only domestic yellow azalea to exist. Hike the mile-long trail loop to see cherry trees, dogwoods, lady slippers, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wildflowers, shooting stars, trillium trout lilies and more. In the spring, you can purchase flowers from a variety of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants from the garden. In addition to the garden, there are gorgeous views of Lake Chatuge and the majestic rise of Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak.
For more information and pricing, visit www.hamiltongardens.org. Address: 96 Pavilion Road, Hiawassee, GA 30546 Call: 706-970-0011
To see all the gardens along the North Georgia Garden Trail, visit www.exploregeorgia.org/things-to-do/itinerary/north-georgia-garden-trail for more information.
As a Tour Operator and Owner of GA Farm & Garden Tours, Inc., Charmaine Jackson creates unique and captivating tour experiences for your group. Connect with her at Charmaine@gafarmtours.com