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Jasmine Hill Gardens

Some friends and I recently spent a morning strolling through Jasmine Hill Gardens near Montgomery, Alabama. The setting was beautiful and serene, and the weather was perfect. Jasmine Hills is known as "Alabama's Little Corner of Greece" and features over 20 acres of botanical beauty and classical sculpture. It was conceived in 1928 by Benjamin and Mary Fitzpatrick, who made their home in an 1830-era cottage within the Gardens. The Fitzpatricks enjoyed Greek culture and made over twenty trips to Greece to study and purchase art objects for the Gardens.

Jasmine Hill Gardens has nooks and crannies and long paths to explore, abundant foliage, magnificent trees and patina that only age can bring. Here is a sampling of the lovely scenes we encountered:This cottage was home to the Fitzpatricks. They spent many years developing the gardens.

The bug in the top photo is an Eyed Click Beetle. The huge spots on its head, resembling eyes, are supposed to help warn off predators.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. Have a great week! 

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Reader Comments (14)

What a stunningly beautiful garden, you and your friends must have had a wonderful day, thank you for inviting us along! The water lilies are so beautiful and give the impression of coolness which we need on a hot sunny day that we are having at the moment!

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

What a lovely place! I'm glad you identified the beetle - I couldn't figure out what it was. The spots really do resemble eyes.

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

Thanks for sharing your visit, it looks a beautiful place.

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Great photos! I think I could happily get lost in such a garden.

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebra

Beautiful place! That pond is stunning--are those Delphiniums along the edge? I didn't know people could grow them in the south! The combinations of plants and statuaries and seating are so calming and welcoming. Thanks for sharing, Deb.

May 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPlantPostings

What a unusual Beetle, wonder if it startled more then just the birds when they came upon it? That is a garden of dreams, layers of lushness, and I love that you described it as having a patina that only age can bring. It's true, older gardens have that settled peace of time, that newer gardens don't.


A serene and beautiful garden. Love the pond and the water lilies.

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I've been to this garden many times and I love it. It was so nice getting to meet you yesterday!

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip

What a beautiful place! I love the pond surrounded by flowers. :)

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCasa Mariposa

thanks Deb, I loved the tour. Regrettably, Alabama is unlikely to be on my itinerary in the immediate (or maybe ever) future, so this post is nearly as good as being there. I particularly love the second photo of the pond with the statue in the centre and the flowers all around.

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercatmint

Such a perfect way to spend a morning with friends. Thanks for sharing, how else would I have known the whereabouts of Jasmine Hill Gardens

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteralistair

Gorgeous! I love the angel standing on the rock outcropping, as well as the lion. And the pond is so beautiful. What a beautiful garden!

May 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIndie

OMG, so beautiful, the place and your images. I just love the statuary and where I stayed in PA, my cousin has so much art in her woods. I never thought to do that with statuary. I bet the jasmine smelled wonderful, one of my favorites. In PA it was the Honeysuckle that made the woods heavenly. I also love the water features at Jasmine Hill Gardens. The cottage looks inviting.

May 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

The Greek sculpture is a little incongruous but definitely interesting and fun. Love the pond photos.

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