Jim Scott’s Garden on Lake Martin

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!

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

You can put your wine bottle in the slot on the table, and the water keeps it cold.

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

The garden provides many opportunities to play.

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

There’s a secret room behind the waterfall.

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

The view from the secret room.

Jim Scott garden, Lake Martin

Patrick poses in the secret room. A HUGE thank you to him for planning the day!

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.

On the last night of the GWA symposium, I had my picture taken with my two favorite Dans, Dan Benarcik on the left, and Dan Heims on the right.

On the last night of the GWA symposium, I got a picture with my two favorite Dans, Dan Benarcik on the left, and Dan Heims on the right.

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.

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20 Responses to Jim Scott’s Garden on Lake Martin

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Peggy who I have not met:
    Well it is January 2, rainy and horrible outside, I have a Plant Delights catalog in my hands, money in my account and dreams of spring… and spring is much nicer than the fall trip reported above, especially if there are new Plant Delight weird plants showing themselves for the 1st time. SO do plan another trip to lake Martin and bring friends who like wine at sunset… Jim Scott

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Dear Jim, I am thrilled to accept your kind invitation! I can’t wait to meet you and to see your spectacular garden again. Peggy

    • Tammy M Martin says:

      How do I go about viewing/visiting such a spactular place?

      • Peggy Hill says:

        Jim Scott’s garden is part of his private home, and is not open to the public. He occasionally welcomes garden club members, master gardeners and other similar groups, but such visits must be scheduled in advance.

  2. Janis Williams says:

    Beautiful garden! Is it ever open to the public?

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Jim Scott’s garden is part of his private home, and is not open to the public. He occasionally welcomes garden club members, master gardeners and other similar groups, but such visits must be scheduled in advance.

  3. Connie Gibson says:

    I would love to visit the gardens. Where can I find information about visiting hours and directions. Thank you so much
    Connie

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Jim Scott’s garden is part of his private home, and is not open to the public. He occasionally welcomes garden club members, master gardeners and other similar groups, but such visits must be scheduled in advance.

  4. Pam Reeves says:

    What beautiful, serene garden area! Mr. Scott must indeed be a beautiful soul to have made his bision come to life on this land!! Is there a way to tour this garden? My daughter became engaged at Lake Martin &. It would be awesome to have a few engagement pics done in this serene and spectacular setting! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before! Well done, Mr. Scott!! 👏🏼

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Jim Scott’s garden is part of his private home, and is not open to the public. He occasionally welcomes garden club members, master gardeners and other similar groups, but such visits must be scheduled in advance.

  5. Betty Kay Fraas says:

    The photos are extraordinary. I can only presume the actual gardens would indeed make my heart sing. Is it possible to arrange a visit?

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Jim Scott’s garden is part of his private home, and is not open to the public. He occasionally welcomes garden club members, master gardeners and other similar groups, but such visits must be scheduled in advance.

  6. Doris sue Jarrell Steele says:

    My 86 yr old mother, my sister & I would love to visit your garden! thanks! Sue Steele

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Jim Scott’s garden is part of his private home, and is not open to the public. He occasionally welcomes garden club members, master gardeners and other similar groups, but such visits must be scheduled in advance.

  7. Luba says:

    Hi I have some questions about visiting the garden if there is anyway possible. Please email me back.

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Jim Scott’s garden is part of his private home, and is not open to the public. He occasionally welcomes garden club members, master gardeners and other similar groups, but such visits must be scheduled in advance.

  8. Sharon T Jones says:

    We would love to see your garden. My husband fishes Lake Martin twice a year. Can you give me information on how to book a tour? The picture’s are wonderful.

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Jim Scott’s garden is part of his private home, and is not open to the public. He occasionally welcomes garden club members, master gardeners and other similar groups, but such visits must be scheduled in advance.

  9. Mary Banks says:

    May I share your blog in the Longleaf Botanical Gardens newsletter? We have a group going to visit the gardens in April.

    Thanks!

    • Peggy Hill says:

      Thank you for asking. Yes, you may share my blog in the Longleaf Botanical Gardens newsletter. I think your group will LOVE Jim Scott’s garden.

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