The Water Garden is located in the heart of the Garden, atop of 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 Night Lights in the Garden. The stage and Performance Lawn provide the setting for one of the best outdoor concert venues in Naples.

Landscape architect Ellin Goetz has had a strong impact on Collier County through her landscape design work which began in Florida. She was awarded a Fellowship in the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2003 which is awarded to select landscape architects “in honor of their outstanding contributions to the profession.”