GBDW – Water in the Garden Wrap-Up

– Posted in: Garden Design

Our Design Workshop contributors have certainly come through for us this month, sharing an abundance of inspiring design ideas and a wealth of solid how-to information as well. We have posts on natural and lined ponds, waterfalls, container water features, bog gardens, and rain gardens too.

It’s obvious that water features can be quite addictive, based on the number of you who have more than one feature, and on the passion you have for maintaining them properly despite some daunting challenges. You’ve certainly convinced me that having a water feature adds an extra dimension of joy and beauty to the garden, and that it’s worth trying even a tiny container with a few water plants as a starting point. I confess, though, that the features that really speak to me are the larger in-ground ponds that some of you have created, and I’m not yet convinced that I have the resources or dedication to develop one of my own quite yet. Still, with all of these great ideas to think about, I may just (dare I say it?) take the plunge and start digging one of these days!

Before I get carried away with water-related puns, I’l present the list of the water-related posts I know about, in no particular order. If I missed your existing post, or if you decide to do one later, please leave a link below.

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Water in the Garden (Nan at KapliPRO): Kick-off post for this month’s topic.

(ESP at East Side Patch): Regular readers of East Side Patch know that there’s never a dull moment there, and the water feature has certainly contributed its share of excitement. Start with the post linked first, then move on to  (some recent water-garden problems) and (the solution).

(Ewa at Ewa in the Garden): This series of posts highlights some of the successes and maintenance challenges of the pond in Ewa’s garden in Poland.

(James at View from Federal Twist): There’s a lot of sweat equity in James’ hand-dug, liner-less pond, but the natural-looking beauty that has resulted just a few months later is clearly worth all of the effort.

(Balcony Gardener): BG proves that you don’t need a big space to enjoy a wide variety of water-garden plants. While you’re there, also check out the series of photos and water-plant portraits starting .

(Andrew at The Scott Arboretum’s Garden Seeds): Andrew shares some of his favorite water features, including one in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden on the Swarthmore College campus; one in Millenium Park (the video is a must-see); and one in his personal garden.

(Frances at Faire Garden): Follow the evolution of the water features at Faire Garden over the last eight years to see a variety of shapes and construction methods.

(David at Gardener’s Journal): David shares a step-by-step slide show of installing a small water feature with a recirculating pump.

(Patient Gardener at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog): Read about the challenges and successes PG has experienced while creating and maintaining a wildlife pond in the UK.

(Craig at Ellis Hollow): Not one to do things by halves, Craig has included a wide variety of water features in his garden, from small containers to an in-ground pond. He also wrote about a water feature on the Cornell campus in .

(Michelle at Garden Porn): Michelle’s amazing installations explore the many moods that water can add to the garden.

(Doctor Mom at The Back Quarter Acre): This series of posts chronicles the plans for and progress of the rain garden at The Back Quarter Acre.

(Lois at Lois deVries’ Garden Views): With some help from Lois, a soggy spot turned into a beautiful bog garden.

(Cameron at Defining Your Home Garden): Join Cameron for a delightful stroll to admire the garden stream and waterfall. While you are there, check out the series of posts on the for some excellent water management ideas.

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Nancy J. Ondra

Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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