Well, that was fun!! I talked about Dan’s Amazing Alabama Adventure in my last post. Dan Heims, president of Terra Nova Nurseries, came to visit me. My favorite part of the adventure was Jim Scott’s garden on Lake Martin. It was phenomenal! We only had time to see about half of it, and I want to go back and see the rest. I also want to meet Mr. Jim Scott because he must be awesome. I think I kinda love him already. Look at his garden!
After seeing Jim Scott’s garden, I understand the warning Patrick gave me about this garden. He said, “Only go see Jim Scott’s garden if you want to be spoiled for every other private garden you will visit in your entire life.” It’s true. From now on, whenever I see a beautiful garden, I’ll think, ‘Well, this is nice, but it’s not as wonderful as Jim Scott’s garden on Lake Martin.’
I want to write a garden profile article for Alabama Gardener magazine about this garden. If that happens, and I actually get to meet Jim Scott, I need to dial down the crazy, or it’ll be just like when I met Dan Benarcik. Let me tell you the story.
After Dan Heims and I finished our Alabama adventure we drove to Atlanta for the GWA symposium. GWA used to be the Garden Writers Association, but they changed the name to The Association for Garden Communicators. The symposium is a mix of speakers, gardens, networking, and fun. I’d looked at the schedule, and the person I was most eager to hear was Dan Benarcik. He designed the teacup garden at Chanticleer, the place I sat in awe of this spring. – Here’s a link to the post I wrote about it. – To me, Dan is a rock star gardener, and when I met him, I acted like a teenage girl meeting Justin Bieber.
When we got to Atlanta, I set my luggage in the room and headed downstairs to register. I stepped on the elevator, and there were two men in it. One was wearing a Chanticleer shirt. Apparently, Chanticleer shirts get me excited. I pointed to his shirt and demanded, “Do you work at Chanticleer?” He said yes. I asked, “Are you the person responsible for the teacup garden? Are you Dan?” I think I was scaring him a little, but he timidly answered yes. I said, “Oh my God! Can I hug you?” I love that he said, “I don’t know.” I hugged him anyway.
I tell the story of how I met Dan because I think it’s funny, and I’m trying to make Jim Scott like me and invite me back to his garden. I can tell from his garden that Jim Scott likes to have fun, and I think we would get along fabulously. I promise to slow my roll, control myself and not maul Jim Scott like I did Dan.