Jim Gibbs is the retired President and founder of Gibbs Landscape Company, one of Atlanta’s leading landscape companies for more than 40 years. He and his company are the recipient of more than 250 awards. Mr. Gibbs began his career after graduating from The University of Georgia in 1965 with a B.S. Degree and a major in horticulture and a minor in landscape architecture. Ceremonies to present two of his national landscape awards were held at gala White House receptions.
Mr. Gibbs is and has been a member of numerous trade organizations, serving as President and member of various Executive Boards and Boards of Directors. He is a founding member of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and serves as a lifetime trustee. He is a member of the Big Canoe Chapel and has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Gibbs is a firm believer in gardening genes. His two grandmothers were gardeners and one of his great aunts was an avid gardener. As a child he was fascinated with her beautiful gardens consisting of fountains, flowering shrubs and trees, annuals and perennials. He used to say “When I grow up I want a garden just like hers”. Mr. Gibbs’ mother was a blue ribbon floral arranger and she and her four sisters loved to garden. Some of the large English boxwoods in Mr. Gibbs’ garden were passed down to him from his aunt.
The boxwoods were grown from cuttings that came from his grandmother Eppes family in Virginia. Appomattox Manor, with its surrounding lands, was the ancestral home of the Eppes family. Francis Eppes received the property in 1635 as part of a 1,700 acre land patent; it is remarkable that Appomattox Manor remained in the Eppes family for the next 340 years before being acquired by the Federal Government. During the Civil War, Grant set up his headquarters on the front lawn of Dr. Richard Eppes home, Appomattox Manor. On April 9, 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox court house. How interesting the past would be if only those boxwood could talk!
Jim Gibbs said, “Passing down seeds and plants from generation to generation provides a kind of love that only a gardener understands. I’m sure my three children and eleven grandchildren will enjoy this garden for years to come as I hope the general public will enjoy visiting and viewing the legacy I leave behind. A garden is fresh and alive from early dawn to the peace and tranquility of the setting sun.”