Visitors access the South Vista Gardens via a wheel chair ramp or stairway from the Bauer Terrace. A lawn occupies the center of the area, and a paved path follows its perimeter. A twig gazebo in the southwest corner provides a place to rest near a butterfly larvae garden and ornamental grass garden.
Just below the Bauer Terrace, near the base of the stairway, is a garden pond and waterfall. The newly designed Streamside Border features a small stream that flows into a naturalistic pond where frogs, turtles, and other water creatures can be seen.