Formerly part of the Kapok Tree Restaurant a popular tourist trap from the 1960s through the 1980s the Kapok Gardens now serve as the scenic backdrop for myriad Bay area wedding receptions, anniversaries and corporate parties. Open to the public most other times, the European-style gardens are located behind the Clearwater Sam Ash music store, which muffles the sound of traffic on busy McMullen-Booth Drive. Towering hedges enclose the rest of the garden and are marked by pillars, archways, planters and assorted statuary. The most striking feature is a vast fountain wall with chiseled faces spewing spouts of water amidst cascading waterfalls, all of it landing in a quiet pool. Elegant statues, scattered benches, lush greenery and bright blooms, delicate fountains, an intimate gazebo, a small lagoon all give the gardens a hushed, enchanted, almost secretive feel.