Lakeside Garden Beauty
If you notice this story doesn’t come with a landscape plan, that’s because Jim says it’s impossible to draw one, even with GPS. His 12-year creation is a labyrinth of intersecting trails, meandering streams, hideaways, and surprises. And while he isn’t a landscape architect, he could teach such a professional a thing or two. Each waterfall, wildflower, and moss-shawled boulder looks like it’s been nestled here since God made Earth.
Even visitors who don’t know a melon from a marigold still delight in the thrill of a zip line, the lick of cool water, and cleverly hidden refrigerators stocking a full range of adult beverages. Jim explains his inclusive approach to garden design this way: “The role of a priest in giving a sermon is to feed the sheep and entertain the goats. That’s what I do here.”
“I’ve been to big, formal gardens in Europe where after two minutes, you ‘got’ it,” Jim says. “But to really ‘get’ this garden is going to take an hour or two.”