For the 50+ Traveler

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 six 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 six weeks of daffodil blossoms in varying sizes and shades of yellow for our visitors.”

Daffodils in sunrise, Gibbs Gardens, Georgia.

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 attract thousands of visitors every spring. To prepare for the 2021 season, he and his crew added about 200,000 new daffodil bulbs and more varieties to the mix. They also added more than 30,000 tulips, crocus, hyacinth, and wood hyacinth to augment the spring bloom.

The 50-acre spread is a sight for sore eyes after a rather severe winter for much of the country. It’s also good for the other senses.

“The late bloomers are special for their fragrance,” Gibbs said. “We encourage visitors to come back every two weeks to experience the complete season.”

The early bloomers are out now. Mid-bloomers are expected the last two weeks of March, and late bloomers the first two weeks of April. Gibbs Gardens was recently named one of the top 20 botanical gardens in the country and is one of only 25 gardens with American Daffodil Society designation.

Bridge amid daffodils, Gibbs Gardens.

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.

Because of the current pandemic and social distancing requirements, a tram that normally escorts visitors around the grounds is not running, meaning walking is the only option. Learn more about Gibbs Gardens here, and if you’re in the mood for blooms, also consider