Georgia Gardens Worth Visiting
Even though many of us have gardens in our backyards and flowers around the porch and patio, great ideas can be garnered by visiting other green spaces. What would be some great places to visit in Georgia if you want to take a day trip? Consider the following list.
Probably the best-known gardens in all of Georgia, Callaway is conveniently located just outside Pine Mountain on the western side of central Georgia. Callaway Gardens describes itself as “a public, educational, horticultural and charitable organization” dedicated to “connecting man and nature in a way that benefits both.” Callaway has multiple gardens, some focusing on specific plants such as azaleas and hydrangeas. Try to stay for a couple of days.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is surely a close second to Callaway. Although a botanical garden was proposed in the early 1970s, it did not open until the early 1980s, and even then did not receive much attention until the opening of the canopy walk in 2010. An expansion project that year almost doubled the size of the garden. Since then, it has become one of the most popular Atlanta tourist attractions. Plan to spend the day.
Located northwest of Atlanta in Kennesaw, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is growing in popularity. As a City of Kennesaw botanical garden, it serves “as a resource for conservation, education and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation.” Woodland paths connect separate exhibits such as the bonsai and camellia gardens, a teahouse and waterfall area, a rose garden, and a conifer display. Budget at least an hour, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the full experience.
If you want ideas for incorporating water into your landscaping, Gibbs Gardens is the perfect setting. Located an hour north of Atlanta in Cherokee County, the Manor House Gardens are more traditional, while the Valley Gardens surround, and are surrounded by, water. The Valley Garden footpaths meander along streams with waterfalls and feature water gardens with 22 reflecting ponds.
Located in Northwest Georgia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the gardens at Barnsley are smaller and a little more exclusive. However, they are worth the effort to see them. The original manor house and gardens were commissioned by an Englishman in the late 1840, and the current gardens complimented by manicured boxwood hedges will remind you of an English estate.