Contemporary Garden Decor: Garden Fountains and their Roots

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. ba_10200_1__10337.jpg Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the designer. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were frequently seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to exalt the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the spot where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Urban fountains built at the end of the 19th century served only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Modern-day fountains function mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational activities.

Eco-Friendly Fountains: Good for the Environment

Are you seeking to adorn your residence? Solar water features might be the answer - they are a perfect add-on to any home because they embellish the layout and raise the price of your home. They are the same as electric fountains in that they help with one's overall well-being but they also offer financial benefits. Despite initial expenses, the long-term expense for this type of fountain is worth it. Despite occasional power shortages, your fountain will not be affected because it does not run on electricity.

Your monthly electric bill will most probably increase with running water fountains.

The short-term perks may not be noticeable, but keep in mind that the increased value of your home will be later on.

Spending more money on our electric bills is not the only downside - the environment is highly affected too. Solar powered water fountains are a good alternative to becoming “green”. Using solar energy to run a water feature is not only beneficial to our environment but it also heats and cools our homes.

Less maintenance is a benefit of adding this kind of fountain. Since these do not work using an electric generator that could clog up with clutter, they need little cleaning. And since there is little cleaning to do, you will have more time to play!

Everything You Require for a Garden Fountain

A lot of people overlook the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when thinking about where to position their garden fountain. People sometimes overlook the technical things because they get caught up in the excitement of putting in their newest purchase. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. Set up your fountain in a place near a water source as you will need to refill it. Hauling water is tough and laborious. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a great deal more convenient. If you have an expert on hand, you may want to consider getting a water fountain autofill with a connection to an external water line, as this would be much less difficult in the long run.

Agrippa's Eye-popping, but Mostly Forgotten Water-Lifting Mechanism

Although the device made by Agrippa for lifting water earned the admiration of Andrea Bacci in 1588, it appeared to disappear not long thereafter. It may possibly have become obsolete once the Villa Medici was able to receive water from the Acqua Felice, the early contemporary aqueduct, in 1592.

The more plausible conclusion is that the device was deserted once Franceso di Medici, Ferdinando’s siblingpassed away in 1588, leading him to give up his role as cardinal and return to Florence where he accepted the throne as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. It might defy gravitation to raise water to Renaissance gardens, nourishing them in a way other late 16th century designs like scenographic water presentations, music water fountains and giochi d’acqua or water caprices, were not.

An Introduction to Garden Herbs

An Introduction to Container Gardens & Herbaceous Plants. These plants are easy to grow and have the appeal of instant gratification, as they can be used in soups, marinades, and other recipes. Herbs are very easy to maintain and often do not require daily care, but even better you can move these plants inside your home with the pots to assure they are going to be able to endure the winter weather that often tends to be cold and life-threatening for all plants. You can incorporate a lot of things in your landscape, including perennial herbs specifically because they do not need replanting at the end of the year and do not die easily. In addition, the varieties of herbs you prefer to cook with should affect your personal herb choices. Tailor your herb garden to the type of food you most routinely cook. For example, plant cilantro if you prefer Mexican or Thai food. If you cook more Italian food, definitely plant basil, oregano, and thyme. Where you put your herb garden will confirm which herbs can grow there. If you live in a mild climate, with warm winters and relatively cool summers, it may be easiest to plant straight into the ground. This makes your property look beautiful without the trouble of making or buying planters. Are you worried that your area has terrible climate that might cause your vegetation to die or become dormant? Try out planters because with their flexibility and practicality allows you to move the herbs in the house at any time.

The Interesting Beginnings of the Water Wall Fountain

During his reign (1397-1455) in the capital of Italy,the learned Pope Nicholas V (1397–1455) (directed|commissioned} hundreds of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. The damaged Roman aqueduct, Acqua Vergine, was used for bringing clean drinking water to the city from a distance of 8 miles and he began reconstructing it in 1453. He also decided to revive the Roman tradition of marking the terminal point of an aqueduct with a "mostra", a great commemorative water feature. As impressive as the Trevi fountain is, you might find it fascinating to know that its origins were from a design for the 1st wall fountain, a simple water feature constructed by Leon Battista Alberti on a commission from Pope Nicholas V. Wall fountains have their origin in Pope Nicholas V's desire to have an impact on Christianity and simultaneously enhance Rome's water supply.

The Nature of Splash Fountains

People are enticed by splashing fountains, otherwise known as bathing fountains, because they are the perfect place to cool off on hot summer days. Due to this, they are commonly referred to as interactive fountains. Planned for easy access, these fountains include nonslip surfaces, no standing water to avoid drowning risks, therefore requiring no lifeguard supervision. These splash pads - known as "spraygrounds" - are commonly found in public pools, public parks, or public playgrounds. Splash fountains like the one found in Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, absorb the solar energy from the specially made dark granite slabs. This fountain uses six-hundred ground nozzles in groups of thirty (three rows of 10 spigots). Bundles of 30 nozzles are found directly beneath a stainless-steel grille. The central walkway through Dundas Square contains 20 such grilles positioned in 2 rows of 10.


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