At Jim Scott’s remarkable lakeside garden in Alabama, beauty and laughter lie around every bend.
A large Greek column in the woods across the water from the walkways. “Many gardens have their most important elements right next to the house,” he explains. “But I do mine like a Chinese circus, where every act is a little more remarkable than the act before. It’s like Christmas. You should open the little presents first before you get to the big one. This garden gets more surprising the farther you go from the house.”