The Water Garden is located in the heart of the Garden, adjacent to the Mary and Stephen Byron Smith Family River of Grass. A landscape reminiscent of Claude Monet’s water lily pool, the garden showcases colorful blooms from around the world, varying throughout the season. The boardwalk bisecting the garden features a soundstage where visitors can see everything from the best of local musicians to special performances during Johnsonville Night Lights in the Garden. The stage and Hoffmann Lawn provide the setting for one of the best outdoor concert venues in Naples.

Art in this Space

Circle of Friends 

Gift of Steven H. Iser and Family  

  • Penguin – Antarctica
  • Bear – Europe
  • Kangaroo – Australia
  • Elephant – Asia
  • Giraffe – Africa
  • Tortoise – South America
  • Beaver – North America 

“Animals are an essential part of our happiness on this planet. By including an animal from each of the seven continents, I’ve represented the entire world and our need for interaction and cooperation.” – Gary Lee Price, Artist 

Did you notice some of the playful embellishments added by the artist? See if you can find them! One is around the elephant’s neck.

About Gary Lee Price 

Gary Lee Price received his bachelor’s from the University of Utah, and quickly began to find success as an artist soon thereafter. As a perpetual student, he finds travel and research an important part of his creative process. Price has received several awards for his work including being elected to the National Sculpture Society. His works are included in public and private collections throughout the world. Price works and lives in Buckeye, Arizona, with his beautiful wife, Leesa Clark Price. Together they have nine children and 15 very energetic grandchildren.