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Complete guide to water gardens
Fisher, Kathleen, 1948-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Creative Homeowner, [2000]

Physical Description:
207 pages : color illustrations, color maps, 26 cm
General Note:
Title from half-title page.

Includes index.

"Ponds, fountains, waterfalls, streams"--Cover.
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SB423 .F574 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
SB423 .F574 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Complete Guide to Water Gardens is a comprehensive guide to designing and installing all types of home water gardens, from naturalistic to formal. Readers will learn about site selection and construction materials and methods. They will receive information on pumps, filters, lighting, and other accessories. The book also explains how to install streams, waterfalls, fountains, and statues, as well as how to design bridges and stepping-stones. Complete Guide to Water Gardens also includes information on maintaining water quality and selecting fish and plants. Beautifully illustrated, including step-by-step sequences and instructions, this book shows readers all they need to know in order to create and maintain the water garden of their dreams.

Author Notes

Kathleen Fisher, for ten years the editor of the American Horticultural Society magazine "American Gardening," is the author of a 1999 Rodale book on herbal medicine & a book on water gardening for Creative Homeowners Press. With a six-acre garden, she is experienced in growing shrubs of all kinds. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Chapter 1 A Historical Recounting of Water Gardeningp. 10
Early Civilizationp. 11
Persia and Islamp. 12
The Orientp. 14
Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Renaissancep. 15
Francep. 17
Englandp. 19
Mid-to-Late 1800sp. 20
Modern Water Gardensp. 20
Chapter 2 Ideas for Planning Your Dream Pondp. 22
Considering Your Lifestylep. 23
Siting Your Water Featurep. 24
Size and Stylesp. 31
Chapter 3 Getting Ready to Build Your Pondp. 40
Linersp. 41
Edging Optionsp. 45
Designing the Pond Configurationp. 47
Making a Site Planp. 48
Chapter 4 Installing Your Pond Foundationp. 50
Special Techniques for Special Sitesp. 51
Installing a Flexible Linerp. 52
Planting Shelf Optionsp. 57
Extra Support for Pond Foundationsp. 59
Optional Cement Overlinerp. 60
Installing a Preformed Shellp. 61
Chapter 5 Constructing Streams and Waterfallsp. 66
Design Pointersp. 67
Choosing and Buying a Linerp. 69
Choosing a Pump for Moving Waterp. 70
Plumbing Your Moving Water Featurep. 75
Installing a Lined Watercoursep. 79
Installing a Preformed Watercoursep. 83
Chapter 6 Installing Fountains and Lightingp. 86
Choosing Fountainsp. 87
Spray Fountainsp. 88
Statuary Fountainsp. 92
Lightingp. 95
Chapter 7 Designing with Bridges and Stepping-Stonesp. 98
Wooden Bridgesp. 99
Stepping-Stonesp. 102
Chapter 8 Creating a Wetland or Bog Gardenp. 104
A Pond-Side Wetland or Bog Gardenp. 105
A Free-Standing Wetland Gardenp. 108
Filling Your Wetland Gardenp. 110
Specialized Plants for Bogsp. 111
Chapter 9 Factors that Will Affect Water Qualityp. 114
A Pond's Lifep. 115
Controlling Algaep. 116
Balancing a New Pondp. 117
Filtrationp. 120
Chapter 10 Fish, Frogs, Birds and Other Pond Crittersp. 124
Fishp. 125
Choosing Your Fishp. 126
Water Qualityp. 131
Bringing Fish Homep. 133
Fish Predatorsp. 136
Other Water-Loving Creaturesp. 139
Attracting Birdsp. 142
Chapter 11 Seasonal Maintenance and Troubleshootingp. 144
Routine Seasonal Tasksp. 145
Troubleshootingp. 150
Chapter 12 Choosing and Using Plants for Water Gardens and Plant Encyclopediap. 155
Choosing Plantsp. 156
Beware of Invasive Plantsp. 158
Submerged Plants, or Oxygenatorsp. 160
Floating Plantsp. 162
Water Liliesp. 164
Lotusesp. 175
Marginal Plantsp. 179
Plants for the Peripheryp. 184
Glossaryp. 200
Indexp. 202
Zone Mapsp. 206
Photo Creditsp. 207