Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, Georgia

Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, Georgia

On a sunny, cool afternoon I found myself at Gibbs Gardens, in the northwest corner of Georgia.  These gardens are the unique creation of Jim Gibbs.  There are 220 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range of north Georgia that Jim has lovingly been...

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Hills and Dales, the Callaway Estate, LaGrange, GA

Hills and Dales, the Callaway Estate, LaGrange, GA

I'd been wanting to visit the Callaway Estate for a long time, so I made sure they were open when I set out for my latest trip.  I finally managed a visit on Tuesday.  Hills and Dales is the Fuller Callaway Family Home and Estate.  The house was built...

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Krider World’s Fair Garden, Middlebury, Indiana

Krider World’s Fair Garden, Middlebury, Indiana

My oldest son Scott told me he had discovered a new garden, just off the Pumpkinvine Trail, where he often rides his bicycle.  So last Saturday we made a trip to Middlebury to explore.  I remember Krider Nursery from when I  lived in Indiana as a young adult, and the...

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Founders Memorial Garden, Athens, Georgia

Founders Memorial Garden, Athens, Georgia

Founders Memorial Garden is in the heart of the University of Georgia campus in Athens, Georgia.  It was created in 1936 to honor the 12 members of the very first garden club in the United States, which was called the Ladies Garden Club of Athens, founded 1891. Garden...

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Keukenhof Gardens, outside Amsterdam, Holland

Keukenhof Gardens, outside Amsterdam, Holland

As I've been admiring my own flower beds this late spring, as they look better and better after all our recent rain, I've been remembering some of the wonderful gardens I visited during my 13 years overseas.  One of my very favorite is Keukenhof Gardens outside of...

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State Botanical Gardens, Athens, Georgia

State Botanical Gardens, Athens, Georgia

My final stop on my way home from Indiana was a visit to the State Botanical Gardens.  I had been there once in the middle of summer, and wondered what would be blooming during an early spring visit.  Athens is quite near Atlanta, if you need an orientation,...

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San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

There is much to see and do in San Antonio.  Lots of history and culture and even a beautiful garden or two.  And it is a city that takes good care of it's tourists:  lots of signage (see Seattle), lots of hotels and shops and restaurants in the historic downtown...

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Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Our first morning in Seattle was HARD WORK!  No tourist information in the train station, and not even a sign as to where we could leave our luggage.  We finally figured that out, and decided to walk over just a few blocks to the Gold Rush Museum that the "Trails and...

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Savannah Botanical Gardens, Savannah, Georgia

Savannah Botanical Gardens, Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is very lucky to have two Botanical Gardens and an Arboretum.  Today I visited the Savannah Botanical Gardens on Eisenhower Dr.  It was set up in 1990, and has grown beautifully in the 26 years of its existence.  It is run by the Savannah Area Council of...

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Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, Alabama

Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, Alabama

My last trip while in Biloxi, Mississippi was to Bellingrath Gardens near Mobile, Alabama.  It was beautifully decorated for Christmas, as it is every year.  The Bellingrath's built the house in 1935 when they decided they wanted to open the gardens to the...

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