Tom Naylor, Dania Beach Water Gardens and Gifts, passed away
July 15, 2008. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
Tom was born in Ohio, and graduated from Brecksville High
School, Brecksville, Ohio, in 1968. Tom attended Ohio Northern
University, was a member of Delta Sigma Phi, and graduated in
1973. He then went on to pursue his chosen profession as a perfusionist,
a trained health professional who operates the heart-lung machines
during cardiac surgeries. Tom worked at North Ridge Hospital
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for over 25 years.
Tom's real love started as a hobby and blossomed into a second
career. This was raising orchids, bromeliads and most importantly
waterlilies. He was hooked as a young boy after marveling at
the waterlilies at the Tricker Aquatic Nursery in Independence,
Ohio. Tom belonged to the Florida Council of Bromeliad Societies,
Orchid Societies, the International Waterlily and Water Gardening
Society and was a founding member of Water Gardeners International.
In Plantation, Florida, Tom's Plantation Tropicals thrived
even as a hobby. On his 50th birthday he decided to turn his
hobby into a business. He purchased and restored a Dania Beach
landmark, the old Frost family home, and opened it to the public
as Dania Beach Water Gardens and Gifts. Here he was able to showcase
the possibilities of water features. Many varieties of waterlilies
grow in holding ponds surrounded by bronze statuary and pond
water "squirters" in such whimsical forms as lounging
frogs, dolphins and nymphs. Tom's favorite saying was a modest,
"It is what it is." But that barely describes the
tranquil atmosphere on entering the establishment.
Dania Beach Water Gardens