Magnificent May blooms at Gibbs Gardens
Thousands of rhododendron, roses and hydrangeas on display
Rick Cannon photo from Saturday, April 12, 2013
Welcome to Gibbs Gardens and a spring filled with flower festivals. The Rhododendron Festival celebrates the singular beauty of more than 1,000 rhododendrons in magnificent jewel tones along our woodland trails and throughout the Gardens
One of feline Garden Guardians on her rounds, checking out the Fern Dell. Rick Cannon photo, Saturday, April 12, 2013
The Gardens are a magic place in spring with flowering surprises appearing – like rabbits out of a hat – in woodland nooks and crannies. Fiddleheads unfurl as the Fern Dell awakens from its long winter nap.
Come to the Gardens this spring and summer to experience this natural treasure as we introduce the Fern Dell Festival, new this year. The Fern Dell, running more than a half mile along streams in the Valley Gardens, starts to fill with signs of ferns in early April and becomes more lush and green each day through summer until October.
More and more blooms appear as spring sunshine warms the soil and welcomes the blooms. Throughout the Valley Gardens and Manor House Gardens vibrant displays of flowers appear, creating sweeping vistas of color. Plan your visits now with our monthly event and flower calendars and printable bloom calendar.
Seasons of Color
Gibbs Gardens Season of Color is our logo, our promise to you that you will find changing colors and flowers in the Gardens throughout the year. Each season brings new vistas, nature’s own fragrance and unique textures to experience. Our Seasons of Color begin in winter with 50 acres of daffodils representing more than 60 varieties in a surprising array of shades and colors. Spring brings a rainbow of vivid color and more flower festivals. Put these on your “don’t miss” list: Rhododendron Festival, with more than 1,000 rhododendrons representing 150 varieties, starts in May and ends two to three weeks later. The Rose Festival features more than1,000 roses sweeping across the Valley Gardens in red, pink and white as well as spectacular climbing roses at the Manor House. The roses start in May and bloom until November. The Hydrangea Festival — celebrating over 1,400 plants in 150 varieties -- starts in May and ends in October. One of our three feature gardens, The Waterlily Gardens are known for the unparalleled beauty of 140 varieties of hardy and tropical waterlilies in all colors. The Waterlily Festival starts in May and ends in November.
Music in the Gardens 2013
For an extra treat, time your visit to enjoy one of our 2013 Music in the Gardens programs. The events and music schedule is listed on the left side of this page (the home page) in our new “News and Events” box and will be updated monthly. Just click on the date and listing and a description of the event will open up. Coming up in May, Music weekends on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday and Monday, May 26 & 27. Read more
We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens, to renewing old acquaintances and to meeting new visitors.