Inspired by Japanese gardens they visited while living in Hawaii, the water garden and associated landscaping include several elements from that heritage. The garden focus is centered on a stream and waterfall which empties into a 2000 gallon pond. Stone lanterns, a granite bridge, and an extensive rock wall (comprised of quarry remnants from the source for the old downtown Minneapolis streetcar line) provide character to the landscaping. Koi add interest to the pond. A small granite Buddha overlooks the waterworks and encourages you to meditate with him. A deck provides a great vantage point to take in the full backyard landscape and views of the St. Croix valley beyond.