I was leafing through an old hard cover picture book today at a collaging event and found myself reading about Kew Gardens, one of many gardens I long to see one day. The section that caught my eye was about the man made pond dug from the Thames River. To me, water and gardens just belong together. The fact that this garden was designed by an "Improver of Nature" named Capability Brown makes it even more intriguing. (picture courtesy of www.inetours.com)
Water and garden have impressed me at many of the gardens I have visited.
Ponds are beautiful but I find what has grabbed my attention most is the movement and sound of water in streams and waterfalls.
At the Innisfree Garden just north of NYC I love the impressive "natural" water features that appear over and over as one travels the many paths. They represent partnership between man and nature, as water has been diverted and pumped to cascade over both man made and naturally occurring rock outcroppings. The sensory impact is mesmerizing.
And the waterfall at the Rock Garden in the NY Botanical Gardens is a place where I could easily spend hours.
Moving to a new house in 2006 meant leaving an established garden behind but it provided me with opportunity to try new things. So rather than the 4X6 "pond" I had built before, I decided to build a stream. It took 2 summers to get it to the point of having running water and I still have kinks to work out but, for me the designing and implementation is 3/4 of the "fun."