From Where Did Landscape Fountains Begin?

A fountain, an amazing piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also launch water high into the air for a noteworthy effect. wwdvs_cv_co_1000__68090.jpg

Pure practicality was the original purpose of fountains. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be more elevated and closer to a water source, including aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to take advantage of gravity which fed the fountains. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to adorn living areas and celebrate the designer. Roman fountains often depicted images of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

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

Modern fountains are used to adorn public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Things You Will Need for an Outdoor Fountain

When thinking about where to install your garden fountain, do not forget that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. People sometimes fail to remember the technical details because they get caught up in the excitement of putting in their newest purchase. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to add an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. A practical place to get water is vital since you will need to fill your fountain. Hauling water is difficult and laborious. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a lot less demanding.

A water fountain autofill is an even better solution, but will require the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

Chatsworth Garden and its Attention-Grabbing Cascading Fountain

At the rear of Chatsworth House, the Cascade garden fountain creates a spectacular focal point to the landscape. For 200 yards in direction of the residence is a series of twenty-four irregularly spaced stone steps extending all the way down the hillside. The Cascade, also totally gravity fed, is founded on a 17th century French format. Remaining unchanged since its inception, this water fountain was originally created for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696. The Cascade House overlooks the fountain, where water slowly flows downward. A little building, the house is embellished on the outside with sea creatures in bas-relief. Leading to the Cascade House to become part of the Cascade spectacle, on unique occasions water pressure to the Cascade can be boosted, as liquid runs through ducts on its rooftop and from the jaws of its carved deep-sea creatures, before carrying on down the Cascade. The music of the water plunging may vary as it goes down the Cascades, offering a great and soothing accompaniment to a walk through the gardens and produced by the slight difference of every step. Back in 2004, Chatsworth's Cascade was chosen by historians at Country Life as the best water feature in England.

The Biggest Water Features Across the World

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. The water here jets up to a height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

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

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the U.S..

Next is the fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to tallest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. The fountain shoots water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

Short Summary of Herb Gardens

Some gardeners are enticed to herbal plants which can easily be cultivated indoors and out and are perfect in a wide array of cooking methods. Natural herbs are very simple to cultivate indoors or outdoors and offer near-instant satisfaction, they are used in marinades, sauces, soups and other great dishes. When frost starts to come around you could prune your herbal plants, but if you are clever and have them placed in pots all that you have to do is move the pots indoors to guard them. Since perennial herbs do not die easily or require replanting every end of the year, they are a practical (and fun) addition to your garden. Think about the types of flavors you enjoy cooking with (and eating)when picking out herbs for your garden. It is important to plant herbs that you will use. If you love to cook Latin food, you will certainly use cilantro. If you like Italian food, you should decide to plant basil, oregano, and thyme. It is essential to determine where your herbs will be grown in order to decide which herbs will thrive. If you live in a mild climate it may be better to plant right into the ground due to the warmer winters and cool summer seasons. This makes your property look breathtaking without the trouble of making or buying planters. Plants often die or become inactive because of being exposed to the extreme weather. As a result, many people have preferred for planters because they are convenient and practical.

Garden Water Fountains: The Styles From Which to Choose

A garden can be a little oasis, providing you a serene place to stop and enjoy some outdoor time. There is nothing as beautiful as one to chill out in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your property will be driven up when you put in an eye-catching garden. Experts suggest adding flowers or trees, a pavement, a charming water feature, or unique statues to enhance the overall look of your property.

The visual appeal of any garden can be tremendously improved by just adding a water fountain. A place of balance and serenity will appear from what was originally just a plain spot.

The feeling of your garden will be very different once you install a water fountain, as the calming sounds of the water will create an oasis for you as well as for the friendly birds and animals it will attract. The rest of the garden will suddenly become just background to the lovely new fountain.


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