The Elegance of Simple Garden Decor: The Fountain

It is also feasible to place your garden water fountain near a wall since they do not need to be connected to a nearby pond. Digging, installing and maintaining a nearby pond are no longer necessary. There is no plumbing required with this kind of self-contained water feature. Adding water on a regular } basis is important, however. brk-371-2__38258.jpg Your pond should always have clean water, so be sure to drain the bowl whenever it gets grimy.

Any number of materials can be utilized to build garden wall fountains, but stone and metal are the most practical. You need to know the style you are shooting for in order to select the best material. It is best to look for garden wall fountains which are uncomplicated to install, hand-crafted and lightweight. In addition, be certain to purchase a fountain which necessitates little maintenance. The re-circulating pump and hanging hardware are normally the only parts which need extra care in most installations, although there may be some cases in which the setup is a bit more complex. You can easily liven up your garden with these kinds of fountains.

The World’s Highest Fountains

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously operating fountain in the world. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in second with water heights of 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. It propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

With water jetting 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can reach up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are running, even though it typically only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Propelling water up to 147 meters (482 feet) high, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet (1970) in Canberra, Australia, comes in 7th.

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Contemporary Garden Decor: Fountains and their Roots

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow down or jet high into the air. Acting as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often used by Romans to beautify their fountains. Muslims and Moorish landscaping designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller models of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

These days, fountains adorn public areas and are used to pay tribute to individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

The Best Way to Introduce the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Garden

Integrating feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

Do not worry if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. If you have a lavish, beautiful one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be utilized for your home decor as well as your garden design. The initial part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to use each of them to maximize the energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast section of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water feature.

Anglo Saxon Landscapes During the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons encountered extraordinary adjustments to their daily lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The ability of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in architecture and farming at the time of the conquest. But yet there was no time for home life, domesticated architecture, and adornment until the Normans had overcome the whole region. Castles were more fundamental constructions and often erected on blustery hills, where their tenants devoted both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were considerable stone buildings, mostly positioned in the widest, most fertile hollows. The barren fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of gardening. Berkeley Castle is perhaps the most unchanged model in existence at present of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstacle to attackers intending to dig under the castle walls. On one of these terraces lies a quaint bowling green: it's covered in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.

The Prevalence of Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an important part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. Since water is supposed to be the focal point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

You will also notice many fountains that have spouts built of bamboo. The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically constructed of natural rocks, and water trickles out. People typically make them seem weathered and worn, even when they are new. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people customarily enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. As you can probably guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than just decorative.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Before long moss begins to grow over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area begins to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a wandering brook.

However, water does not have to be an actual element in a Japanese water fountain. Many people decide to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water. You can also gather flat stones and position them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

The Source of Modern Day Wall Fountains

The translation of hundreds of classical Greek texts into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who ruled the Church in Rome from 1397 till 1455. He undertook the beautification of Rome to make it into the model capital of the Christian world. At the behest of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a damaged aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was renovated starting in 1453. The historical Roman custom of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an magnificent celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the area previously filled with a wall fountain crafted by Leon Battista Albert, an architect commissioned by the Pope. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains located in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the altered aqueduct he had rebuilt.


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