By Trey Pitsenberger, co-owner
Water Gardening is currently experiencing an upsurge
of popularity and interest. Water gardening has been
going on for centuries. Water features became centers
for community life and enhanced the gardens of the rich
and powerful. In the Far East, water assumed symbolic
significance in the private garden of the philosopher.
The decorative possibilities of combining water and plants
and ornamental materials were explored in even greater
depth. Because it can add such an atmosphere and visual
beauty, water has had a profound influence on the development
of garden design. It is interesting to discover just
how central the use of water features is to gardens worldwide
at all times in history.
The current upsurge of interest,
I believe, is due to the ease that water features can
be installed. With modern materials such as flexible
rubber liner, small efficient pumps and modern filtration,
you no longer have to hire someone to install a pond
or water feature. In the past, concrete was the material
of choice for pond construction. Needless to say, most
of us have poor concrete construction technique and
the hiring a mason was almost a must. With the new
pre-formed ponds or flexible rubber liner you don’t
have to use concrete, which takes the pressure off
the homeowner to work quickly before the concrete hardens.
Pumps are smaller and more reliable and can be installed
submerged or outside the pond. Keeping the pond clean
has become much easier with the introduction of a biological
filter. The filter can be attached directly to the
pump and submerged in the pond. Using helpful bacteria
inside the filter, the water is kept crystal clear.
The Golden Gecko Garden Center has the experience and
the materials necessary to make your water feature a
wonderful part of your private garden.