Jim Gibbs in rose garden

Jim Gibbs enjoying Gibbs Gardens’ Rose Garden

Jim Gibbs earns National Garden Clubs’ 2019 Award of Excellence

Jim Gibbs—creator of one of the nation's largest residential estate gardens—was honored with a national Award of Excellence from the National Garden Clubs Inc. (NGC), at its April 30 awards banquet in Biloxi, Miss.

"Each year, NGC's Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional individuals, organizations or institutions that advance our organization's goals and purposes," said Gay Austin, president, National Garden Clubs Inc., in recognizing Gibb’s contributions. The Award of Excellence is NGC’s highest honor for non-members.

Gibbs spent 30 years transforming pastures, hillsides and woodlands in Ball Ground, Georgia, into his award-winning Gibbs Gardens. The 326-acre property includes four feature gardens: the Japanese Gardens, Water Lily Gardens, Manor House Gardens and Daffodil Gardens and 12 seasonal gardens.

Gibbs is a founding member of the Atlanta Botanical Garden and a lifetime trustee. He served as president and founder of the award-winning Gibbs Landscaping Co. for more than 40 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in science, majoring in horticulture and minoring in landscape architecture, at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Gibbs received two national landscape awards presented at the White House in Washington, D.C.

He also is the author of "Gibbs Gardens: Reflections on a Gardening Life," which follows his 30-year-old journey to bring his vision to fruition.

The National Garden Clubs Inc. includes 165,000 members, 50 state clubs, a National Capital Area club, 60 national affiliated U.S. organizations, 5,000-member garden clubs and 330 international affiliated organizations. NGC is the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.

Gibbs Gardens https://www.gibbsgardens.com/offers a world-class garden within an hour's drive from Atlanta.

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