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Water gardens : a practical step-by-step guide
Rees, Yvonne.
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Publication Information:
North Pomfret, Vt. : Trafalgar Square Pub., [2001]

Physical Description:
140 pages : color photographs ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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SB423 .R44 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB423 .R44 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A water feature creates instant ambience and a stunning focal point in any size garden. And, with modern building materials, construction is often surprisingly simple and affordable. This practical guide introduces the reader to all aspects of constructing and maintaining a water feature, including choosing and caring for a wide and varied selection of water garden plants. Step-by-step instructions explain the process of choosing suitable materials, selecting a site, and installing filters. The book takes the reader through the complete construction and creative process for a number of different projects, using a series of detailed illustrations to exemplify the techniques involved in each one. There is useful advice on decorative edges for ponds and other features, and a comprehensive section on oxygenating, floating, and moisture-loving plants. Whether you wish to create a waterfall or a fountain, a bog garden or a lily pond, Water Gardens has all the ideas and information you need.

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Booklist Review

Few features are as alluring to contemplate or as tricky to work with as water, yet with sensible, down-to-earth advice and judicious planning, the kind expertly provided by Rees and Sutherland, almost anyone will be able to make their garden a showcase for water's beauty. Starting with primary considerations such as siting and style, plants and pumps, the authors offer a commonsense approach to a complex subject. In straightforward language, they present the salient facts, logically and clearly: where to begin, what materials and plants to buy, how to install equipment, what design pitfalls to avoid. Flawless, close-up photography further clarifies essential points, leaving nothing to chance: what the inside of a water filter looks like, for instance, or how to plant oxygenators. Indeed, the authors excel at covering important details that other guides often overlook. Photos of unique 3-D scale models illustrate key design points in ways that make difficult topics, such as positioning and access, immediately understandable. For the intrepid do-it-yourselfer, this comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide practically guarantees professional results. Carol Haggas