What exactly delineates a water garden
from a pond or lake? Possibly the human need to extend the natural
boundaries found around it. Transforming what was once a basic
necessity into a work of art. Humans shape the world to suit their
From the most basic elements; water to air, we have found a
way to transport and store what we need from the world around us.
Water gardens began from the need to store and keep supplies of
water in arid locations and through times of drought in other
Even in the earliest of times, artistic skills were
valued and became highly evolved transporting the simple need for
water into places of tranquility, beauty, sound and prominence in
many cultures. Would the Taj Mahal be as majestic without the long
pool of water stretching the beauty of the scene to infinity?
Egyptians, Romans, Minoans, all the early civilizations
had water sites with fountains, pools, fish and plants. Some of
these were indeed elaborate and complicated in some cases to move
water from one place to the other. And we pretend that we are new
and innovated! Maybe motors, tubing and plastic containers are,
but the basics hold true even in water gardening.
This artistry comes into play by strategically placing
plants, statues, fountains or ornamentals to either blend with
surroundings or dominate the scene. Using fish, tile, stones,
and/or shrubbery, grasses and flowers can tie the whole scene onto
a finished product. Water gardening is one of the fastest growing
do-it-yourself and very popular home improvement projects.
Man made materials have extended this
field of endeavor making it easy to choose form and size from
the beginning. Plants are researched, grown and marketed for the
water garden alone. Fountains can be made from almost any familiar
object on hand or with the formality of precision beauty from an
artist. Books, containers, fertilizers, water treatments,
ornamentals and more are in abundance for the modern water gardener
of today. This would definitely be a wonderful family project to be
enjoyed for years to come. I hear the gently, trickling water
calling me now. Do you?
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