Abutting the picturesque patio at Rat’s Restaurant (named one of 100 most scenic restaurants in the US), is the Rat’s Pond. Approached from the sculpture park, guests first encounter a small cascading waterfall fed by the Pond, with a view that reveals the charming French-inspired restaurant and surrounding horticulture and sculpture, including Philip Grausman’s Leucantha and David Hostetler’s Summertime Lady. The pond, built in 1999, is home to a variety of colorful Koi fish, and an ideal environment for the water lilies, iris, and other plantings contained within the water. Notice also the countless colorful blooms planted near the patio as well as weeping willows and weeping cherry trees framing the far shoreline.
The Monet Bridge overlooking the patio at Rat’s Restaurant was constructed in 1999 to recreate the scene from Monet’s famous painting, Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies. The bridge featured in the painting can still be found today at Monet’s property in Giverny, France. At GFS, the area surrounding the bridge is planted with water lilies and weeping willow trees in order to closely replicate the painting. The Monet Bridge is a scenic location favored for photography at GFS.