Spring is in the air at Gibbs Gardens with millions of golden daffodils covering 50 acres of rolling hills and fields. This March to mid-April, you only have to travel to Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground (just an hour north of Atlanta) to see 20 million of these enchanting blooms in colors of yellow, orange, pink and white, and all shades between.
Stroll along paths, traverse hills and wander through the woods to experience this amazing site. More than 100 varieties are represented and include early, mid and late blooming selections. A spectacular display, the daffodils put on a show for about six weeks, beginning March 1. Peak bloom occurs about the second and third week in March.
Spend a few hours or the whole day to view one of the largest displays of daffodils in the nation. Gibbs Gardens is an official American Daffodil Society Display Garden, one of only 25 gardens from 15 states in the U.S. Enjoy lunch at the Arbor Café, where you may choose from sandwiches on fresh bread or salads. Save room for homemade dessert, too.
Gardening tips for daffodils
Daffodils are rewarding and easy to grow. Here are some facts and tips about these reliable spring bulbs.
- Daffodils are poisonous, and pesky deer or squirrels won’t eat them.
- Daffodils are perennials and will bloom for years and years in the same spot.
- For fabulous spring flowers, plant daffodil bulbs in the fall, once the soil temperatures cool, usually in October, November and December.
- Plant bulbs at a depth that is 2-3 times the width of the bulb.
- Plant daffodils in full sun or part-shade.
- Plant in drifts for a natural effect.
- Plant fragrant types like “Cheerfulness,” “Sir Winston Churchill,” and “Actaea.”
- Remember as you’re planting that daffodils always turn their faces to the sun.
- After they bloom, don’t cut down foliage until 1/3 of it has turned yellow. This will ensure good blooms the following year.
Visiting Gibbs Gardens
Gibbs Gardens open for the season on March 1, 2016. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last admission is 4 p.m.) Admission is $20 for adults, Seniors (65 and older) $18, Children $10
Special Events in March
March 12 and 13: The first 100 visitors will receive a free daffodil.
March 25 at 2 p.m.: Book signing and Q & A with daffodil expert Sara Van Beck. Purchase a copy of her book Daffodils in American Gardens, 1773-1940.
March 26 & 27: Plein air artists paint in the gardens.
Erica Glasener is the marketing manager for Gibbs Gardens. A horticulturist, author and lecturer, Erica was the award-winning host of HGTV’s “A Gardener’s Diary” for 14 years. Erica is the author of “Proven Plants: Southern Gardens.” She is also the co-author with Walter Reeves of “Getting Started with Gardening in Georgia,” and “Month-by-Month Gardening in Georgia,” revised edition.