Daffodils at Gibbs Gardens Herald Spring’s Arrival

golden daffodils at Gibbs Gardens

Millions of golden daffodils cover 50 acres of hills and fields at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Ga.

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.

Daffodils at Gibbs Gardens. Photo by Britt Else.

Daffodils at Gibbs Gardens. Photo by Britt Else.

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.

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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. Photo by Rick Cannon.

Photo by Rick Cannon.

  • 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

Daffodils on Holly Hill

Daffodils on Holly Hill

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.

ericaErica 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.

Guide to Georgia’s Spring Festivals

Dogwood Festival in Atlanta

Dogwood Festival in Atlanta

Celebrate springtime at one (or all) of these family-friendly Georgia festivals in 2013!

APRIL

4/18-4/21: Vidalia Onion Festival in Vidalia

4/19-4/21: 77th Annual Dogwood Festival in Atlanta

4/19-4/20: Downtown Moultrie Spring Fling & Backyard BBQ Festival in Moultrie

4/19-4/20: National Mayhaw Festival in Colquitt

4/19-4/20: The Cornelia Apple Blossom BBQ Festival in Cornelia

4/20-4/21: Jasper ArtFest in Jasper

4/20-4/21: 17th Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega

4/21: Spring Arts Festival in McDonough

4/25-4/27: 92nd Annual Thomasville Rose Show and Festival in Thomasville

4/26-4/28: Sacred Heart Garden Festival in Augusta

4/26-4/27: Woodbine Crawfish Festival in Woodbine

4/26-4/27: Georgia Strawberry Festival in Reynolds

4/27: Dogwood Music Festival in Moultrie

4/27: Madison Fest in Madison

4/27: Midway Arts Festival in Midway

4/27: Color the Grove 5K & Music Fest in Albany

MAY

5/3-5/5: Southern Blooms Festival at Rock City in Lookout Mountain

5/4-5/5: Shady Days in Gay Arts & Crafts Festival in Gay

5/4-5/5: Art in the Garden Festival & Spring Fling Car Show in Dawsonville

5/4: Tifton Turfgrass Festival in Tifton

5/17-5/18: Adel Daylily Festival in Adel

5/18: 36th Annual Geranium Festival in McDonough

5/18: 51st Mountain Laurel Festival in Clarkesville

5/30-6/2: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Atlanta

5/31-6/2: Wing & Rock Fest in Woodstock

JUNE

6/1: Dairy Festival in Eatonton

6/1-6/2: Georgia Sea Island Festival on St. Simon’s Island

6/1-6/2: Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival in Douglasville

6/1: Brew Moon SummerFest in Alpharetta

6/8: Tunes from the Tombs in Atlanta

6/8-6/9: Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Blairsville

6/8-6/9: Peachtree Corners Festival in Peachtree Corners

6/8: Roswell Lavender Festival in Roswell

6/19-6/23: AthFest Music & Arts Festival in Athens