The largest daffodil display in the nation is in bloom and ready for visitors. Gibbs Gardens, located about an hour north of Atlanta in Ball Ground, Georgia, features more than 20 million daffodil blossoms representing more than 200 varieties of flowers. The early bloomers are out now, and the mid- and late-bloomers will open soon.
If you’re interested in seeing them, you need to act fast. Daffodil season lasts only about 6 weeks.
“We add more daffodil bulbs each year,” said Jim Gibbs, the man behind the gardens since 1987. “We plant more early, mid-season, and late-blooming varieties to create a full 6 weeks of daffodil blossoms in varying sizes and shades of yellow for our visitors.”
The daffodils are the centerpiece of the gardens, which also feature hundreds of cherry trees, thousands of dogwoods, and a variety of forsythia, spirea, and quince blossoming during daffodil season.
Gibbs is the owner, designer, and developer of the gardens, which opened to the public in 2012 and attracts thousands of visitors every spring. To prepare for the 2022 season, he and his crew added 400,000 new daffodils and tulips.
The 50-acre spread isn’t just a sight for sore eyes after winter, but it’s also good for other senses. “The late bloomers are special for their fragrance,” Gibbs said. “We encourage visitors to come back every 2 weeks to experience the complete season.”
The early bloomers are out now. Mid-bloomers are expected the last 2 weeks of March, and late bloomers the first 2 weeks of April. Check the schedule and bloom update page before you go.
Gibbs Gardens was named one of the 13 Best U.S. Botanical Gardens by Business Jet Traveler magazine in 2020 and is one of less than 30 gardens with American Daffodil Society designation.
In addition to the daffodils, the entire grounds cover 300 acres and feature numerous other displays throughout the year. The landscaped gardens include spring-fed ponds, streams, waterfalls, and bridge crossings.
Tickets for the gardens, which must be purchased in advance, are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for children. Annual memberships are also available for those planning multiple visits to the gardens.
A tram that normally escorts visitors around the grounds is not running, meaning walking is the only option.
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