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Things are about to get even rosier in greater Atlanta with this month’s public opening of Gibbs Gardens, one of the country’s largest residential-estate gardens. Located an hour’s drive from the city in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, the 300-acre property boasts 16 distinct garden venues, including three feature gardens. Meander through the tranquil 40-plus-acre Japanese Gardens (home to dogwood and cherry blossoms, it’s the largest of its kind in the country), or explore the Waterlily Gardens with five ponds, 140 lily varietals and a bridge inspired by the one in Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Designed by landscape artist and property owner Jim Gibbs, the estate is a delight — especially when gazing at the flowering terraces (seven in all) of the Manor House Gardens, which descend more than 100 feet from the main house down to the valley below.

Gibbs Gardens’ year-round bloom calendar begins with this month’s Daffodil Festival. The Azalea Festival — bursting with colorful Kurume, Indica and Satsuki flowers — kicks off in April. $18 to $20 per person, www.gibbsgardens.com