Byline: Tami M. Hardeman
Nestled in Loganville, Ga., the Vines Botanical Gardens is a serene, 25-acre garden and three-acre swan-filled lake. It was once the private estate of Charles and Myrna Adams and became a public space as a result of a donation to the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department.
This year, restaurateurs John and Pam Gibb invested $1 million to privatize and renovate the botanical gardens and adjoining Manor House. As marketing director Deborah Rich pointed out, the investment has only enhanced the beauty of the Vines.
“The changes we made brought out things in the house that were lost,” she said. “We moved chandeliers to allow exquisite stained-glass panels to show through. Curtains have been removed from the foyer windows so that light could just fill the house.”
The Manor House is home to the Garden Room, overlooking the lake and gardens. Lunch is served during the week, as well as Sunday brunch.
The lush botanical gardens, with its exotic plants and fountains, are a perfect backdrop for weddings and special events. As holidays approach, so will special touches at the Vines.
“Fall is beautiful here,” Rich said. “We have special decorative touches for Oktoberfest. Christmas at the Vines is just incredible. We have thousands of lights throughout the gardens. We have carriage rides. It really is something to see.”