Jim Gibbs shares secrets and history of his stunning garden

By Calvert Johnson

“The Genesis, Creation, and Future of Gibbs Gardens” is the topic of the April program of the Knowledge Series, featuring local gardening expert Jim Gibbs, designer and developer of Gibbs Gardens. The presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in Mountains Grille at the Clubhouse, preceded by beverages and conversation at 4:00 p.m.
Jim Gibbs is a firm believer in gardening genes. The founder of Gibbs Landscape Company and owner, Jim only has to look at his own family – generations of dedicated farmers and gardeners – to trace the roots of his passion for horticulture and landscape architecture.
After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in horticulture and landscape design, Jim was hired by Atlanta’s Green Brothers Nursery to build a new landscape design division.
His efforts were well rewarded: the division grew quickly as Atlanta’s economic boom drew new residents to the area. Within a few years he bought the now thriving division from the Green brothers and changed the name to Gibbs Landscape Company.
He was invited to the White House to receive National Residential Landscape awards from First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 1979 and from First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1981.
During these years, he traveled around the world studying famous gardens. A 1973 trip to Kyoto, Japan inspired him to build a world class garden in Atlanta. After spending years searching for just the right property, Jim bought 300 acres of land off Yellow Creek Road in 1980 and began to turn his dream of building a world class garden into reality.
On March 1, 2012, after 30 years of development, he opened Gibbs Gardens to rave reviews from horticulture experts as well as the media and thousands of visitors.
Sponsored by the Big Canoe POA, The Knowledge Series supports life-long learning and offers compelling monthly presentations by dynamic speakers and discussion groups on literary, artistic, international, national and regional topics of interest and significance.
Reservations are required to ensure a $7 seat at the presentation by registering online on the www.bigcanoepoa.org website listing of Upcoming Events, or by emailing kcooper@bigcanoepoa.org. Attendance is limited to the first 100 reservations. Registration at the door at the time of the program is $10.
Cancellation is required by 3:00 pm on Friday, April 20. Without a cancellation, the appropriate POA account will be charged, in keeping with standard Clubhouse policy.