|Written by Lucy Hardiman|
|Friday, June 29, 2012|
Our world is a watery one. Humans, animals and plants are all dependent on water for survival, but people are passionately attracted to the sounds and mesmerizing qualities of water.
The history of water for irrigation and ornamental use in gardens is ancient. Egyptian wall paintings and hieroglyphics depict walled gardens with canals and pools. Centuries ago Italian, French and Moorish gardens featured formal waterfalls and elaborate fountains. Naturalistic pools, streams and ponds are part of the Japanese gardening tradition.
Northwest gardeners are inspired by babbling brooks, roiling waterfalls, serene mountain lakes and the rhythm of the ocean. Any size garden can be enhanced by the sound and ambient feeling that only water produces. For those of us who garden in urban and suburban spaces, a low-volume water feature is a good choice. Think through your options. With a little planning and maintenance, the right water feature will transform your garden into a place of serenity and revival.