Spotlight on Nassau Gardens

Smiley Lee

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Smiley Lee is a gentleman who has lived in Nassau County all of his life and his parents settled here in 1924. His beautiful garden has an amazing view of the Nassau River.

Most of his garden structure is designed with salvaged material obtained from Smirfit-Stone and Rayonier LLC through the years. There are 60 enclosed planter areas built from used air duct material and pipe lines. Also good salvaged materials are the bricks for the walkway and wood for the small buildings and grape arbors.

Some of his favorite are the Duncan grapefruit tree, the Elephant Ear plant and the “Tara” grape vine which he obtained from his friend before it was patented. He also has many perennial flowers and bushes. There is always something lovely blooming and butterflies are everywhere.