A Day at Gibbs Gardens

A Day at Gibbs Gardens

“My Little Buttercup, has the sweetest smile”, spend a day at Gibbs Gardens with us. Enjoy the beautiful floral clad country side and discover the difference between buttercups and daffodils.

Join us as we explore the miles of rolling hills filled with buttercups with a day at Gibbs Gardens. See one of the most sought after Easter picture venues of North Georgia. Learn about different types of buttercups and when to plant for the best spring showing. 

 Over the past weekend we took our annual spring journey to Gibbs Garden’s to see the Daffodils, which is really quite magical. If you have never been, I highly recommend that you make a trip soon while they are still blooming. There are literally thousands of buttercups, covering the north Georgia hillside. A total feast for your eyes.It is no secret to any north Georgia native that Gibbs Garden’s is the perfect garden spot to take pictures. Whether you are a trying to get the perfect family Easter photo, hone your photography skills or just create a cute seasonal profile picture, Gibbs’s has you covered. We love to go for gardening inspiration for our own yard and we get a little exercise at the same time. My husband and I are garden members, and have the 4 season pass so we can explore the gardens at all times of the year. Honestly, it just makes senses to purchase the 4 seasons pass, the cost is the same price of two single day visits. So if your go to the gardens at least twice your pass pays for itself, plus you get two free one day visitor passes, which I use for out of town guests that come to visit.

Garden Tip: The gardens offer summer concerts, featuring local bands, with a option to purchase a light picnic dinner and drinks. This is by far one of the best ways to see the gardens for a date night. Take a pretty stroll have a little dinner, some vino under the stars and musical entertainment. 

What is the difference between a Buttercup and a Daffodil?  Actually, there is a huge difference between the two. Everything you will see at Gibbs Gardens are Daffodils, also known as Narcissus or Jonquils, depending on variety.  There is not a single buttercup. As a southern girl, I grew up calling all these pretties, “buttercups”. Truth be told Buttercups are actually a completely different species of flowers that looks nothing like daffodilsAlthough, I do think most of the confusion for me comes from the movie Willie Wonka…. I know random, right? You know the scene where Gene Wilder picks a daffodil and drinks butterscotch out of it like a teacup. Then proceeds to eat the cup, which by the way are poisonous to humans and animals. Way to go Hollywood, you ruined an entire generation!!! Obviously that stuck with me, as I am still guilty of calling them buttercups to this day, as you can see by my catchy little title above. 

Let’s take a more in depth look at the types of beautiful daffodils that grow at Gibbs and are available to plant in your own yard.  First of all, in Georgia it’s best to plant your bulbs in the fall. Bulbs need that freeze of winter in order to produce the pretty flowers. If you missed planting it’s ok go ahead and buy some pre grown bulbs in containers at your local garden center. Just remember at the end of their season as the foliage dies off to put them into the ground so they will return next year.

This is probably the most recognized, and common daffodils known as February Gold. It’s a top-notch choice and one of the most reliable of daffodils, it’s provide fast early color in the garden. This early-blooming gem offers clear golden-yellow single blooms with rounded petals and long trumpets. (Trumpets also called cups and are located in the center of the daffodil’s star shaped petals. 

Ice Follies is another favorite here and in the South. This single bloom, large flowers has white petals and wide, frilled cups that open lemon yellow and will fade into a creamy white. Thus the name Ice Follies since they will end up all white.  It’s vigorous heavy bloomer, and has a light scented, too.Canaliculatus or aka Avalanche, is a robust  miniature daffodil.  It will grow 8-10 clusters of white flowers with small lemon yellow cups per stalk.   It is strongly scented, making an excellent choice for cut flowers. It grows best in a slightly sheltered environment where it will not be damaged by early strong winds. It’s a particularly good choice for Southern gardeners.

This is one of my personal all time favorites, the rare Narcissus Romance. I just love these beautiful ruffled pink-cup daffodils. This single bloom charmer has an unusual rosy pink cup against beautiful large creamy white petals. They usually bloom mid spring and are the only pink cup daffodil variety available.Now this variety looks very similar to the previous one, as you can tell.  Except this is a small-cup miniature variety known as, Merlin Narcissus. The Merlin’s offer a crisp white petal and a tiny yellow cup ringed in a bright orange-red. The single bloom flowers will last a long time, and are considered statement flowers. The Bantam daffodil, is another one of my favorites. This delightful dwarf daffodil has small neat very rounded bright yellow petals with a brilliant red rimmed cup. The petals are slightly reflexed or blown back. It is a regular winner among floral grower’s competitions with a sturdy and upright stiff stems.These beauties are common known as Jetfire Narcissus or Cyclamineus. They are gorgeous when blooming, as the Jetfire offers clear golden petals with a contrasting orange trumpet. They usually bloom early spring and are very reliable while offering a bold color combination to your garden. Easily mixed with other early bulbs like crocus and grape hyacinth for beautiful color combinations. Jack Snipe is another type of dwarf  hybrid daffodil. The swept back creamy petals give the flower it’s nickname of “sailboat”. The dark yellow primrose cup makes a striking contrast. This vigorous daffodil is perfect for borders in sun or shade and is excellent for naturalizing . This is the most common southern mini daffodil, known as Little Gems. In England they call them Johnny Jump Ups. This early-blooming gem offers clear golden-yellow blooms with long trumpets, ‘Little Gem’ is a vigorous dwarf trumpet daffodil.  It’s a very reliable choice among daffodils, it’s  provides extra early seasonal color in your garden.

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**These beauties contains the toxin lycorine in their bulbs. While the level of the toxicity pretty low, and it isn’t lethal for humans, eating petals will cause diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. It can also cause liver damage and cardiac arrhythmia in pets, especially dog that like digging and ingesting bulbs, please keep this is mind before adding them to your yard. For more information about Toxic Plants for Pets See my post 12 Pet Safe Houseplants.

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  1. Suja aka Sindhuja Kumar

    Loved this post! Keep up the great work!

  2. Wow, how interesting! I had no idea!

  3. Is that what you call buttercups down South? We call those daffodils. Here in the North buttercups are little tiny yellow wildflowers. Interesting.

  4. Tiffany Spencer

    Such beautiful pictures and very informative information about the type of daffodils. I too call them buttercups so you are not alone. Can’t wait to see your next post!

  5. VP Emerson

    Love this post. You answered all the questions I ever had about these beautiful dainty looking flowers.
    Now I must go see them.
    Thanks again, Jen

  6. Yes, I grew up calling them buttercups and I did not find out until a horticulture class in college they are in fact daffodils. I now know what a true buttercup is, but still I am blaming Willy Wonka and his butterscotch/buttercup drink for all my confusion LOL!!!

  7. Yanitza

    That seems like a very pretty garden. Wish we had one close to us. I love all the pretty daffodils, you are right a perfect picture place.

  8. Michelle James

    Gorgeous picture and such a beautiful garden, I love to tour this estate.

  9. You make my heart sing thank you so much for the kind comments. 🙂 It’s hard when you just start off blogging, you second guess yourself, not sure if you picked the right niche, wondering how to connect with other like minded people. This confirms that I will continue down this path. Thank you for checking our blog and your support 🙂

  10. Thank you we love the gardens and spend a lot of time there. We like to take long walks in the evenings as the weather warms up 😀

  11. Thank you hope you stop by to see the next one too 🙂

  12. Seun

    Great blog post.

  13. C_Coleman

    Girl wanted to tell you how great this article is, I love all the garden pictures. Also this post is so informative full of great flower information. Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work.

  14. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. I just love spring daffodils, it’s a big smile from mother nature.

  15. Natasha Beauvais

    I must say you have some very high quality posts here, glad I stopped by I will check back in soon.

  16. Thank for writing about this place, the content really matters.

  17. Brie

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  20. Kaydence

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  22. Jimmi

    Very nice article, great information and a beautiful location. I will look it up next time I am in Atlanta.

  23. Ann Marie Kincaid

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  24. Cheryl Mancino

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  25. Pippa's Parade

    Hello dearie, I have stumbled upon your blog, as I am a blogger too. I am located here in the UK, and your Gibbs garden reminds me of the Queen’s garden here in London. Quite lovely in fact as you tend to have more rolling hillsides. I shall enjoy catching all of your recent posts, as I have chosen to start from the beginning. Cheerio!!

  26. I will have to check out your blog it has such cute name, and who does not like a good party!!!
    We love London and have traveled there several times. We also thought Gibb’s had a nod toward the beauty of Kew Gardens, and the queen’s daffodils were just a vast and beautiful.

  27. Foxy Jules

    This is such a great location for pictures, however I have always miss the daffodils. I will try harder next year #goals

  28. Melissa

    What a beautiful garden you have in your own backyard. The daffodils are amazing. I do not think I have ever seen so many in one spot!

  29. Tessa Day

    What a pretty location, I just love all the flowers. This would be a great place for weddings or and photo shoot.

  30. Marsha Dawson

    This is a lovely location I have been there before, once, a years ago. You have great pictures and I enjoy learning about he kinds of daffodils. Thanks!

  31. Miss Virginia

    This is a beautiful garden. I would love to see more travel post from you.

  32. Mattie Gallagher

    how pretty, you are so lucky to have place like this so close to you. The venue for pictures is perfect.

  33. Gavin D.

    I am a photographer, therefore always looking for great subjects to photograph. These gardens are beautiful, next time I am in GA I must visit them.

  34. Stacy Murphy

    Pretty area, I wish we had place like this near us. I would go everyday!

  35. Pretty gardens and massive amounts of daffodils. This place is a photographers dream. I would assume they have other focal area at different times of the year? I will have to look them up online. Glad I stumbleupon your post, I find so many great things there.

  36. Wendi Seay

    Pretty garden, I could look at these pictures all day. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Debbie Does DIY

    I love this post with all the beautiful flower pictures. You are lucky to have such a pretty venue nearby.

  38. Southern Sassyfrass

    So pretty I love fresh flowers. Can you buy bouquets to take home too?

  39. No you can not unfortunately but it is a great idea I should mention it to Mr. Gibbs.

  40. Shirley Wood

    Gibbs’s looks like a pretty place for pictures!

  41. I am not sure where this is located, but I love your info, great topic. I need to spend some time learning more about gardening. Thanks for magnificent information FYI, I was looking for this topic on stumlbeupon and found your site.

  42. Patty’s in the Kitchen

    Pretty garden, and great bulb information, pinned for the fall.

  43. Angie Floyd

    This is a very pretty garden. The vast amount of daffodils would be worth the price of admission.

  44. Spencerhob

    I can not wait for it to warm up here, in the land down under, AU. I appreciate all the information on daffodils, and the lush garden pictures you provided. Once winter passes I am will be all ready for growing season again.

  45. Hilary

    This looks like a great place for a date, and you mentioned that they do concerts and dinners too. That sounds like the perfect get to know you date night to me.

  46. rhea

    Glorious array of daffodils. The picture and content of post as also very helpful. Enjoy your site immensely.

  47. The Busy Bee

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  48. Crosswords & Coffee

    Pretty garden and great information on daffodils. I will revisit upon placing bulbs this fall.

  49. Robyn Roy

    Pretty Garden, and Gorgeous flowers nice post 🙂

  50. Happy Gardener

    After six hours of continuous Googleing, finally I arrived at your website. I love your blog and I am so glad I found it. The daffodil picture are spectacular. I will check back in soon now that I have found you!

  51. Maria Lopez

    Good post. I study this one, as it is more interesting to read than on different blogs. Stimulating to read content. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Lily Hepburn

    Such a pretty garden and scenery. This article contained so much information on types of flowers too. Thanks for the pretty view on your lunch break during my day.

  53. Cathy Clausan

    Pretty gardens and lovely daffodil festival. I will look into it further. Good article, Thanks

  54. Beth

    Thank your for such a light and happy article. The flowers make me smile and I dream of some day journeying to a garden filled with these pretty flowers. For now I will take my treatment, and let your pretty pictures fill my mind with happiness and gratitude for another day. Sincerely, Beth

  55. Little Farmgirl

    This website is really a wonderful life tool. You can take a garden walk-via this blog and get all the information you needed about flowers too. Definitely worth a discover!

  56. Aubrey Andrews

    Beautiful garden and many thanks for producing the this pretty post. Thanks for the informative and unique flower thoughts on this topic.

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  61. Pink Warrior Walker

    An attention-grabbing discussion and really pretty pictures. I feel that it’s best for you to write more on this subject, of flowers it seems to be your forte. Cheers

  62. Trisha McDonald

    So I was planting my bulbs today and I thought back to reading your post early in the fall about the types of Daffodils. So I popped back out to take a quick look to make sure I purchased the right kind. I intended to send you a remark to give thanks the first time but I forgot, so yet again thank you for all the amazing information you’ve contributed on this website.

  63. Wanda Floyd

    This local botanical garden is so lovely. I wish we had a pretty one near us but it’s about 2 hours away. Guess I just have to make my own in the back yard.

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  66. April Helmsworth

    What a beautiful garden and all those daffodils, it makes for the pretest pictures I have ever seen!

  67. Jewel Carter

    This has been simply tremendously generous of you to share such a fine establishment with your readers. Giving unhampered views of some the most beautiful flower I have ever seen. Thank you for the lovely excursion.

  68. the cheap jordan’s

    I simply wanted to appreciate this post once more, as I am currently longing for the spring, this winter has been so cold already and I am ready for some sunnier days. At least I can curl up with a warn cup of tea and plan out my garden for this spring while looking at your pretty pictures. If makes me feel warmer.

  69. NVMD

    I’m usually to running a blog but I actually admire your content. The article has actually peaks my interest about the gardening aspect. I’m going to bookmark your site and preserve checking for brand new information.

  70. Dandelion Dreams

    Thanks a lot for providing great information about the types of daffodil bulbs. Your picture and that garden are stunning, now I am ready for spring.

  71. Addie Mae Says

    I am so ready for spring and daffodil season. This garden is so pretty and has such a vast quantity of them, what a photographers dream.

  72. Terry Haide

    This would make a great surprise weekend trip, I will have to look up the exact location. Do you know if there are places to stay near by?

  73. Hi there. Yes, it would make a great weekend getaway, however there are not many lodging sites near by. You might want to try Air B&B and look into a weekend at Big Canoe. It is very close to Gibbs Gardens and has some beautiful homes to rent for a weekend. My husband and I stayed in one while house shopping in that area and loved the location.

  74. Casasola

    Really nice style and excellent content material, absolutely nothing else we require :D.

  75. Pracreation

    Such a pretty garden, and very nice pictures.

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    Nice blog here! Also your website loads up very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

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  78. Joanne Sedlay

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  80. Melanie Ford

    I read this paragraph fully concerning the difference of daffodils and it’s amazing an article so are the pictures too.

  81. Candi

    Love this post and great photos thank you web site admin!

  82. Norine

    A Day at Gibbs Gardens looks absolutely divine, so many daffodils it is a feast for the eyes.

  83. Carlyon

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