Scott E. Dilatush, Artist in the Garden
Horticulture runs in his veins. Both of Scott's grandparents and his parents were nurserymen and they all designed and installed landscapes.
At the tender age of 5 Scott was already reading about plants and decided to design, install and tend his very own veggie and flower garden. A few years later at the age of 9 he was memorizing both the Latin and common names of most of the numerous rare plants on his parent's rare plant farm in New Jersey. During this time his parents spent a lot of time tutoring him about plants and work ethic. When 14 he was initiated into the world of pruning and he ended up shaping many of the trees on their nursery. A couple of years later he was helping his father to design and install formal gardens around homes of the wealthy.
Scott's art career started when he was 10. At this age he was selling very realistic nude drawings of women to boys in his class. His Mom saw real talent and showered him with art books and supplies. Later on he became a cook in the Navy and volunteered be the ship's artist but did freehand Old English style lettering on many a navy jacket for money. While a baker he made many sailors laughing happy with his fancy depictions of nudes made of icing on the cakes. After his 4 year stint in the Navy he joined the US Army reserves and attended 2 colleges. Art education was his major. Sculpture was his passion.
In 1982 he married his creative skills with his horticultural skills. This was also the year he moved South. Starting out with only a bicycle and a large load of gardening tools stuffed into a backpack, Scott was ready to show Virginia Beach what he was made of. He sculpted trees into arches, shrubs into abstract and geometrical shapes. He used his soil science knowledge to make flowers blast with color. In no time he was running around in a truck catering to many businesses and oceanfront homes. He realized that there was a severe lack of culture and nowhere near enough color along the oceanfront. At libraries and bookstores he poured over seaside gardening books searching for extra tough flowering plants that were salt tolerant. He bought every book he could find on this subject. Shockingly beautiful gardens started to pop up by the sea. He named his business 'The Sandscaper' and that name stuck for 19 years. Out of the box ideas were employed. When Scott built a 60 foot long sea serpent out of driftwood he finally got on the map as a professional sculptor and craftsman. More and more requests came for his sculptural elements and fancy rock gardens. In 2005 he renamed his business 'Artist in the Garden'.