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Check Out This Dreamy Lakeside Garden

Jim Scott’s garden, perched next to Alabama’s Lake Martin, provides the ultimate warm-season amenities: a labyrinth of intersecting trails, meandering streams, hideaways, and surprises. Moving water—a myriad of waterfalls, streams, ponds, and pools—unites this fantasy garden. Visitors delight in the glimpse of a shoreside hippo statue, the lick of cool water, even cleverly chilled wine cooled by water from a pond. Consider a few of these inventive features to kick water-side landscaping up a notch. Written and produced by Teresa Woodard. Photography by Emily Followill.
  • An elevated dining area overlooks a pool and the lake beyond

    Entertaining Alfresco

    A dining pavilion with a temple top overlooks the gardens and the lake.

     
    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • A lakeside path features teal benches, ferns, and crape myrtle trees

    Lakeside Rest Stops

    Teal ('Gypsy Blue' by Baer) benches stand out along the stone path lined with ferns and ‘Natchez’ crape myrtle trees limbed up to reveal their attractive exfoliating bark.

    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Stone steps and diving platform make the lake even more fun

    Stone Platform

    A series of stepping-stones (to the left) lead to a boulder island, where the adventurous enjoy swimming and a stone diving platform.

     
    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • A riot of blooms on the dock brings the garden over the lake

    Dock Planters

    A railing of trough planters supports a riot of colorful blooms, extending the garden down to the dock.

     
    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Unexpected Sculpture

    A shoreline hippo statue appears to emerge from a pool of iris and lilies.

     
    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Blues and Greens

    Hydrangeas line a path along the shore, adding to the palette of blues and green used throughout the lakeside landscaping.

     
    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • A waterfall feeds a relaxing pool near the lake

    A Cool Pool with Natural Waterfall

    At the top of a sloped garden, owner Jim Scott created a spa-style “cool pool.” From here, a stream flows under a stone bridge and eventually chutes into an impressive waterfall by a renowned “drinking pool,” complete with a dining table and built-in water-cooled wine trough.

    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Steps raise along a slim waterfall

    Path-side Waterfalls

    A mysterious door draws visitors up the steps to the top of this slim waterfall. 

    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016
  • Treetop Walkways

    A series of treetop walkways span the gardens. Iron accents salvaged from a subway system were incorporated into the walkway and painted teal, red, and yellow. 

    Date Published: June 9, 2016
    Date Updated: June 14, 2016

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