WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Greece is a long ways away from Alabama. But there’s a place in Elmore County that will make you feel like you’re in another country.
"Our secondary name is Alabama’s little corner of Greece,” said Jim Inscoe with Jasmine Hill Gardens. “A lot of times people may feel like they’ve been on a foreign trip when they’ve been here.”
Jasmine Hill Gardens started in the Great Depression. A man named Ben Fitzpatrick and his wife made some good business deals and had a lot of money. Fitzpatrick had a passion for Greece and wanted to share it with others.
“The Fitzpatrick’s didn’t have any children, so they decided, since he enjoyed his Greek studies at Yale, they decided to go to Greece. They made 22 trips to Greece,” said Inscoe.
Every time they went to Greece they would get a sculptor to make a marble replica of a famous statue. They even recreated the Temple of Hera where the Olympic flame was once lit. It’s like a walk back into Greek history, filled with color.
"They planned the garden so there was something in bloom all the time,” said Inscoe.
There are all kinds of flowers everywhere. 22 acres of stone paths and stunning scenery.
“You have the native stonewalks, everyone gets a printed walking map with a description of the statues, plus a little history about Jasmine Hill Gardens,” said Inscoe.
It’s open year round Friday through Sunday and they also host special events like wedding receptions and more..