The long-awaited grand reopening of Vines Gardens in Loganville, one of Gwinnett’s premier parks, took place Thursday. Many of the guests in attendance for the official ribbon cutting and reception that followed took the opportunity to walk the trails and take in the beauty of the gardens.
After investing $1.1 million in renovating the gardens and area around the Mansion House, there are plans to do a whole lot more. According to District 3 Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, the plans are to extend the park and the walking trails to link up with adjoining Grayson High School and Watson Mill subdivision.
“It is mainly passive space, so it shouldn't be too expensive and should be something that can be done,” Beaudreau said.
The Mansion, which is leased to John Gibbs, hosts corporate events, weddings etc. and at one time used to offer lunch and a Sunday brunch. Gibb said it is possible that the lunch and Sunday brunch service could be revived at some time. He is also hoping to revive the concerts on the lawn. In the meantime, the park is now once again open to the public. It offers walking trails, a lake and beautiful gardens including a Japanese garden and a rose garden with sculptured statues. There is also a miniature railroad that operates in the summer.
The master gardeners, who lovingly tend to the gardens, and Gwinnett County officials were on hand Thursday for the grand reopening and ribbon cutting.