Monday, May 28, 2012

Jim Scott's Garden on Lake Martin

Jim Scott's lakeside garden on Lake Martin in Alabama is amazing and spectacular. As you view the garden rooms keep in mind all of the rocks were
brought in. None of the rocks you see were part of the natural habitat.
This garden has been evolving for twelve years now. Southern Living magazine has featured this garden. You may view article and pictures here. Quoting from Southern Living " this garden is a labyrinth of intersecting trails, meandering streams, hideaways, and surprises. And while (Jim Scott) is not a landscape architect, he could teach a professional a thing or two. Each waterfall, wildflower, and moss-shawled boulder looks like it's been nestled here since God made Earth. "

Our guide explained to us that a road was cut in the beginning from the top of the hillside lot to the lake. Many large rocks like you see in this picture were brought in with heavy machinery. Then they were placed to create beautiful waterfalls and garden rooms as you will see throughout this post. 

Can you hear all the questions the gardeners were asking?

Going down the fireman's pole behind the playhouse. Good job, Karen.

Entrance to the wine grotto.

As you enter the wine grotto you are keening aware of the change in temperature. Of course your eyes are enchanted with the gorgeous hand hooked rugs atop stone floors and bottles after bottles of wine!

Felt a little like I was in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie as I turned the corner in the wine grotto.

I believe I remember hearing that art students from Auburn University painted these beautiful walls inside the grotto.
View leaving the wine grotto the arched doorway frames yet another lovely view.
Jim Scott's home. The view of the lake is so lovely.
Delightful roof top garden.
Isn't the water pretty?

This photo was made by a friend of mine. I missed this pretty shot. It is fun to view pictures others made and see their prospective of all the beautiful vignettes. Are you counting all the times I am saying beautiful and gorgeous!

Jeannie, our guide (with the ponytail) was so helpful and knowledgeable! She and her husband, Chris, take care of the garden full time with extra help as needed. I wish I had gotten a picture of both of them together.They were so patient with all our questions.

 You can't see it in my picture because I did not have my zoom lens but look at the slit in the table. The next picture below is from the Southern Living link I gave you at the beginning of this post. 

This close up photo of the table from the previous picture is from Southern Living.  What wonderful photographers they are! You can feel the coolness of the water and the taste the grapes and figs!

The timing of our tour hit the hydrangeas at their peek and luscious blooms like this were everywhere in many varieties.

I was privileged to attend this tour with a group of Master Gardeners. We ate our sack lunches here. It was an educational and delightful day that will be remembered for a long time. 
Pictured is Mr. Jim Scott who happened to be present because a group of magazine photographers were there the day we toured his garden. Thank you Mr. Scott for a gardeners and photographers dream day. Your gardens are unbelievable.

Amazing, beautiful, gorgeous and incredible garden located in central Alabama.
 I wish I could post every picture I made. This is just a few of many great scenes in Mr. Scott's garden.

Linking to Outdoor Wednesday, Seasonal Sundays, and Wow Us Wednesdays.

This post was originally posted in May of 2012. It is an amazing garden unsurpassed in our area that I receive inquiries about all the time because when you google Jim Scott's garden my blog post comes up.
I am on a family vacation this week but wanted to participate in Pam's@ Everyday Living Garden's Galore Linky party and thought some of you might not have seen this post years ago. Going back in your archives is fun and makes you realize how quickly the years pass. I started blogging in November of 2009!


  1. How beautiful - and to think that they are in Alabama!Is this the same garden that Kitty Buck posted on FB? Justin had ridden us by that one in his boat several years ago, and it was lovely as well. It could be the same one. The man had created it in memory of his late wife. I'll check with Justin to see if it's the same name. MM

  2. Bonnie~ I remember seeing this in SL! Lucky you to enjoy it and tour it in person!! In addition to beautiful and gorgeous, I'd have to throw in amazing and wonderful a few dozen times! The natural wine cooler is brilliant~ I'm remember being blown away by it! So many wonderful places to sit, sip & read~ enjoying the beauty and sounds of the water....*sigh*

  3. Bonnie, this was the same garden that Justin had shown us - by boat, so it was only at a distance - would love to have seen it close up. He said everything is handicap accessable, as his wife was handicapped and he wanted her to be able to enjoy it. She may still be living.MM

  4. Beautiful cascading waters. My hubby used to be a Master Gardener years ago. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

    Jocelyn @

  5. Wow this place is amazingly beautiful!! Thanks for sharing and would love to invite you Water World Wednesday

  6. Oh my, this garden is fantastic! Clap. Clapping. Still clapping. What memories you will have from this garden trip and oh my, what you have learned.
    Joyce M

  7. amazing garden, and so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for joining Water World Wednesday Hope to see you next week!

  9. What an absolutely great place to explore. It appears that at every turn you were face to face with beauty. There are several such places in Maine which I love to visit. My gardens pale by comparison.

  10. Hi Bonnie - This is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! My husband and I are planning on doing some traveling and I would love to see this. Do you know if anyone can go visit or does it have to be with a group? Do you have any contact information or know of someone who does?? TM

  11. How can u contact him about a visit?

  12. For some reason, I am not being notified of comments. If you have a question about contacting the garden you can email me.

  13. The garden of my dreams! The garden I aspire to. :)

    Thanks so much for showing us this.

  14. Bonnie, I am so glad you shared this, I would not have ever seen this beautiful garden otherwise. I am thrilled that you shared a stunning garden from our beautiful state and stunning doesn't seem to really describe it. I could get lost here for days, what a talented man to incorporate all of this. I will be spending more time looking at your photos and checking the SL link. Since I have subscribed for years, I am sure that I saw it when it was published. Is this garden opened for tours? Thank you for linking to my first Gardens Galore Party even while on vacation and for all of your support, sweet friend!

  15. What a treat to visit this garden again Bonnie. I remember oohing and aahing when I saw it in SL and when you shared it in 2012. I hope you're having a wonderful family vacation!

  16. A beautiful garden - I love all the water features. Don't rocks add so much character to a garden?

  17. Bonnie, this is fantastic! Those rocks - I can't even imagine! So many structures, it would be hard to choose just one, but I love that waterfall and the dock/garden right on the water with the rooftop plantings. Enjoy your vacation, but thanks for sharing this one!

  18. Sweet Home Alabama! I have never heard of this place, but your post is making me want to check it out! I love the waterfall! Visiting from Pam's link party!

  19. Wow Bonnie, this is gorgeous! He certainly does have a creative mind. I love creating rooms in my garden. I shared some in a post last year. Certainly don't rival his. :) Mine are small and simple. I would be in 7th heaven touring this garden!

  20. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful tour, Bonnie! I can't believe all the beauty around every turn, and to think that someone actually lives there and gets to enjoy that view everyday!

  21. Amazing!! What a delight!! I'd like to slide down that fireman's pole. LOL! Just an incredible work of art in gardening. blessings ~ tanna

  22. So many delightful surprises around every corner! How large is the actual area where this garden is? I love the wine chilling table, how handy is that!! So much to see and take in, it must have been quite an experience to visit in person!

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