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                                                           Garden Water Fountain
                                                                     By Jeff Halper

   Last summer, a Houston couple by the name of Turner called us and asked us if we could design a
landscape out of natural materials that would also reflect their passion for collecting abstract and
contemporary art. They wanted a garden water fountain and colorful vegetation that also combined
certain aspects of the irregular geometry that characterizes abstract art. They wanted a very subtle
blend of regularity and irregularity, and a combination of curved and linear elements that would suggest
a natural senes of movement from the edge of the property to the back of their home.

 We began our work by constructing a garden water fountain at the very end of a brand new swimming
pool the Turner’s had just had installed. We built the basin in the shape of distorted figure-8 that bent to
the left and right of what would ultimately become a walkway over the water. We used a gunite
concrete substructure that would seal the basin and keep it waterproof, and then we concealed the top
of the concrete with a decorative stone-clad overlay whose blue-gray color complimented that of the
home. When we finished it looked like a small stone well filled with clear, running water that drained
into the pool on one end. On the same side of this drain, we built a stone sculpture out of three stones
planed into cubes. The cubes were piled one on top of the other, so that when the structure was
complete, it looked like a sculpture made from boulders on some far Pacific island. The water rose out
of the stone at the top and flowed down all four sides of the sculpture into the pool.

 The new water fountain and surrounding basin now gave us an ideal center point around which to
plant a flower garden replete with a number of species. On the left, we planted Mexican sedum to add
a lime green contrast to the surrounding landscape, and we planted golden globe to provide flowering
ground cover. To add a three dimensional element to the garden, we planted foxtail ferns to provide
year-round greenery, and bird of paradise for its resplendent, seasonal blooms. Farther back from the
fountain itself, we planted a river birch tree that framed the entire garden from the vantage point of the
pool and added an additional aesthetic at night as a backdrop for up lighting. To emphasize the unique
aspect of our water garden fountain we planted pink and red pentas on the right that drew the eye
upward toward the stone sculpture, and we trained a vine to grow up the far wall of the home that
would mirror its unique cubic design.

 We then completed the project by building a walkway that led from the front of the property to the
home. We constructed this walkway out of stepping pads that actually float on water. This allowed us
to build the walkway straight over the water in the center of the garden. We deliberately used this

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design in order to blend regular material with irregular material. The stones move in a progression from
asymmetry to symmetry the closer you get to the house. The very first stepping stone has only two
straight sides, for example, and the second has three. Each stone that follows becomes increasingly
square as it passes over the garden water fountain until it finally reaches the back patio of the home.

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                   Make Your Garden The Envy Of Your Neighbors With A Water Fountain
                                                             By Jon Kilminster

 With so many people these days investing more and more time and money on their homes and
gardens, it is hard to make your own home unique. After all, we live in a society that is literally
obsessed with home decorating and gardening. It seems impossible to make our garden stand out
from the rest!

If you want to add that extra something to your garden to make it truly individual why not install a
garden fountain? There is no doubt about it, having a beautiful water feature in your garden, such as a
fountain or waterfall, can add that special touch to your landscaping job. Not only will it look wonderful,
there truly is nothing lovelier than the gentle tinkling of a water fountain.

There are literally thousands of garden water fountains to choose from, ranging from the traditional to
the more unusual. They come in all manner of materials, from bronze, other metals, cast concrete,
fiberglass and slate to name a few. Indeed, in addition to the vast number of pre-fabricated water
fountains on the market, you can even custom design your own!

Deciding upon the right water fountain for you will depend on your personal likes and dislikes, the style
of your home and garden, as well as the space you have available. The best water fountains are those
that do not overcrowd a yard, so make sure your water fountain is a workable and realistic size for your
yard. Whether you choose to install the fountain in the center of your garden, or discreetly tuck it into a
garden bed or against a wall, the fountain should complement the landscape, not dominate it.

Even if you are on a tight budget, you can still enjoy the wonders of a water garden fountain because it
is quite simple to install them yourself. In fact, by simply visiting your home-hardware store, you can
easily purchase what you need to construct your own water feature without spending hundreds of

Whether you have professionals install it, or “do-it-yourself” you will be amazed at how much a garden
fountain can add to your landscape. In fact, the only limits to making your water fountain “the icing on
the cake” of your house and garden is your imagination! gives advice on garden fountains, and

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