The Demand for Fountains in Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an essential part of any Japanese garden. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. Since water is the most essential element of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Many people also choose a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically crafted of natural rocks, and water trickles out. 94-170-1803__24063.jpg Even when new, it should be made to look as if it has been out in the open for a long time. So that the fountain looks at one with nature, people customarily adorn it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Needless to say, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

If you are hoping for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain built of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the area, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, out in a much larger water feature. Give some thought to adding a lovely final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, though, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. It is acceptable to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the illusion of a rippling brook.

Admire the Beauty of the Cascade Fountain at Chatsworth

At the rear of Chatsworth House, the Cascade garden fountain forms a dazzling focal point to the landscape. Twenty-four irregularly spread stone steps reach down the hillside for 200 yards in the direction of the house. Completely gravity fed, the Cascade too is modeled on a 17th century French layout. This water fountain has been kept unmodified after being Created for the first Duke of Devonshire in 1696. At the peak of the fountain, from which water runs downward, rests the Cascade House.

A compact structure, the dwelling is decorated on the exterior with ocean creatures in bas-relief. Water pressure to the Cascade can be boosted on specific occasions, meaning the Cascade House becomes part of the Cascade spectacle, as water circulates through conduits on its roof and from the mouths of its carved sea creatures, just before continuing down the Cascade. The sound of the water plunging fluctuates as it descends down the Cascades because of the minor difference in the size of each step thereby providing a wonderful and calming accompaniment to a walk through the gardens. This cascade was chosen in a survey, carried out by Country Life in 2004, as the UK'sbest water fountain.

Tall Water Displays Across the World

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the sky.

Coming in second is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes it on the list.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can attain up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are running, even though it typically only hits up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the 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).

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

Add the Power of Feng Shui into Your Yard

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

When incorporating feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small area is adequate. Of course, a huge area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well.

The same tools you employ to incorporate feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden.

In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to know your home’s bagua.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to apply each of them to intensify the energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal improvement energy. A perfect addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a serene Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water element.

The Impact of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Garden Design

Anglo-Saxons encountered great changes to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. Engineering and horticulture were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. But before focusing on home-life or having the occasion to consider domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Monasteries and castles served separate purposes, so while monasteries were large stone structures built in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the residents focused on understanding offensive and defensive strategies. The serene method of gardening was unlikely in these bleak bastions. Berkeley Castle, potentially the most pristine model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists in the present day. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time period. As a strategy of deterring assailants from tunneling within the walls, an immense terrace surrounds the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an aged yew hedge trimmed into the form of crude battlements.


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