A Magical Garden on the Banks of Lake Martin

Several months ago I had the opportunity to cross one off of my “Garden Bucket List”:  a visit to Jim Scott’s 12-acre lakeside property on Lake Martin in central Alabama.  Each year for a two month period, he graciously opens his garden to regional garden clubs.  Several of our club members had toured this legendary garden in recent years, and I knew that, without a doubt, it was a “must see”.  Many of my fellow gardening friends had difficulty describing this “fantasy” garden, and now I can see why.  Multiple garden rooms and spaces are interconnected with picturesque water falls, bridges, charming alcoves, stone pathways, and  flowing streams over the vast property.  Secret rooms and garden spaces emerge from almost every trail. Gorgeous statuary, classical busts,  massive urns, and whimsical garden accents add even more interest to the garden.   Jim Scott, a tax attorney by profession, transformed his hillside garden into a series of 25-30 garden rooms over a twenty year period.

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Note the Greek bust sporting sunglasses in the background!

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“My garden isn’t a picture garden.  It’s a walking garden, designed to have a cumulative effect on visitors as they wander through.”  – Jim Scott

Although the many Hydrangea on the property were not yet in bloom, there were plenty of other enchanting woodland flowers to captivate us.

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The Old World charm of the wine cellar was alluring, and was one of my favorite parts of the garden.  Scott has hosted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and other fund-raisers in his garden spaces.

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The garden is a photographer lover’s dream and the idyllic garden scenes are virtually endless.

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Notice the life-size chess set in the garden scene below . . .

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Our group gathered for lunch in an elevated pavilion prior to the garden tour.  It truly felt like an elegant tree house!

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Some of our group were fortunate enough to spend a couple of nights with a dear friend who has a gorgeous Lake Martin lake house.  Thanks, Maurine, for your “over the top” hospitality!

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Savoring the blessings of the day with a sunset over Lake Martin . . .

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“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, with sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”  A Midsummer’s Night Dream – William Shakespeare

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