The original 75' wide by 135' deep site and residence was purchased in 1984. Existing vegetation at the time were two pine trees, one Mahogany tree and a few shrubs. The first step the gardener took was to screen the street from the front of the residence and create a private entry garden. Since the site sloped from the back of the residence to a lower area, several terraces were created to expand the use of the outside space for outdoor functions.
In 1990 two adjoining 50' wide by 135' deep sites and residences to the rear were purchased. This added to the available space to plant the gardener's growing plant collection as well as providing space for a proper nursery for propagation and a container garden for growing herbs and vegetables.
The East Garden was added in 1995 when the property, 130' wide by 135' deep, became available. It took two years to eradicate the invasive exotic vegetation and it now serves as a natural garden made up of the remaining native vegetation with added accents of tropical vegetation. This garden, unlike the others, sustains itself with little fertilizer and no irrigation.
Front Entry Garden
Upper Terrace Garden
"To walk through the gardens Jack Lieber created around his home is to truly experience the notion of being one with nature. The dense lush layers of textures envelop the visitor, drawing him into and ultimately surrendering him to its serene spirit. The whimsical follies sprinkled throughout enhance and enliven the experience."
Naples Botanical Garden
Lower Terrace Garden
Trellis / Lower Terrace Garden
"When you walk into the Lieber Garden you are simply surrounded by life. You know you are a life force, yourself, moving along with other life forces. Then you realize this is all a reflection of a grand collaboration between the gardener and the the nature spirits, all working as one because they have been given and accepted the bond of life."