It’s a good thing my husband is in charge of our landscaping and tomato growing because, sadly, the green thumb eludes me. Nevertheless, I heard about this hidden gem of a nursery that also had a gift shop and a restaurant inside, so I had to scoop it out!

Off of Birmingham Highway near Milton High School is a family owned garden center and landscape company called Scottsdale Farms. Inside the 12,000 square ft barn is the Bella Luna Café and gift shop.

A large selection of flowers and shrubs is spread outside the barn, which houses the great selection of unique and beautiful gifts, art, statues, fountains, furniture, accessories and home decor.

They grow their plants in Big Canoe, so the plants are used to the North GA climate. Pumpkins, Christmas trees, vegetables, and so many varieties of plants and herbs are available that it makes me wish I had at least one green thumb. Scottsdale Farms is a very extensive one-stop shop for plant, floral, and landscape design.

Now, onto something I know a little more about — food!  The Bella Luna Cafe is an adorable restaurant, perfect to bring your mother-in law or your girlfriends to. Yummy quiches, salads, lattes, soups, breakfast sandwiches, Italian food, and sweet desserts! In fact, the menu was extremely varied considering their main business is gardening.  They even have special presentations cooking classes. Check their website and Facebook for details.

Make this an OTP destination drive… it is just a little bit off the beaten path, and you won’t be disappointed!

Original post written in 2012 and updated in 2014.