Complete guide to water gardens, ponds & fountains

Kathleen Fisher, 1948-

Book - 2006

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2nd Floor 635.9674/Creative Checked In
Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Creative Homeowner c2006.
Main Author
Kathleen Fisher, 1948- (-)
2nd ed
Item Description
Rev. ed. of: Complete guide to water gardens. 2000.
Physical Description
239 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 26 cm
  • The Complete Guide to Water Gardens, Ponds & Fountains
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Planning Your Garden
  • Chapter 1.
  • A Look At The Past
  • Early Civilization
  • Persia and Islam
  • The Orient
  • Ancient Greece, Rome, and the Renaissance
  • France
  • England
  • Mid-to-Late 1800s
  • Modern Water Gardens
  • Chapter 2.
  • Planning Your Pond
  • Considering Your Lifestyle
  • Siting Your Water Feature
  • Size and Styles
  • Chapter 3.
  • Building Your Pond
  • Liners
  • Edging Options
  • Designing the Pond Configuration
  • Making a Site Plan
  • Part II. Design and Build
  • Chapter 4.
  • Pond Foundations
  • Special Sites
  • Installing a Flexible Liner
  • Planting-Shelf Options
  • Extra Support for Pond Foundations
  • Optional Cement Overliner
  • Installing a Preformed Shell
  • Chapter 5.
  • Streams & Waterfalls
  • Design Pointers
  • Choosing and Buying a Liner
  • Choosing a Pump for Moving Water
  • Plumbing Your Moving Water Feature
  • Installing a Lined Watercourse
  • Installing a Preformed Watercourse
  • Chapter 6.
  • Fountains & Light
  • Choosing Fountains
  • Spray Fountains
  • Statuary Fountains
  • Lighting
  • Chapter 7.
  • Bridges & Stones
  • Wooden Bridges
  • Stepping-Stones
  • Part III. Enhancing Your Pond
  • Chapter 8.
  • Creating A Wet Land Or Bog Garden
  • A Pondside Wetland or Bog Garden
  • A Freestanding Wetland Garden
  • Filling Your Wetland Garden
  • Specialized Plants for Bogs
  • Chapter 9.
  • Pond Critters
  • Fish
  • Choosing Your Fish
  • Water Quality
  • Bringing Fish Home
  • Fish Predators
  • Other Water-Loving Creatures
  • Attracting Birds
  • Part IV. Maintaining Your Garden
  • Chapter 10.
  • Water Quality
  • A Pond's Life
  • Controlling Algae
  • Balancing a New Pond
  • Filtration
  • Chapter 11.
  • Maintenance
  • Routine Seasonal Tasks
  • Troubleshooting
  • Part V. Selecting Your Plants
  • Chapter 12.
  • Plant Encyclopedia
  • Choosing Plants
  • Beware of Invasive Plants
  • Submerged Plants, or Oxygenators
  • Floating Plants
  • Water Lilies
  • Lotuses
  • Marginal Plants
  • Plants for the Periphery
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Zone Maps
  • Photo Credits
Review by Library Journal Review

Nothing brings a garden to life like a water feature. Fisher, author of the first edition of this title and other gardening books, offers great practical advice on how to tailor a water feature to your skill level and landscaping. Different types of water features are addressed, with excellent instructions and clearly labeled corresponding photos and illustrations. Also included is unique instruction on how to draw a site plan to plot out a water feature. This edition is about 40 pages longer than the previous one, but much of the content remains unchanged. Still, it compares favorably with other water garden books. Recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Review by Kirkus Book Review

An updated and expanded guide from an authoritative voice on aquatic gardening. For those looking for a peaceful outdoor oasis, a water garden could be the ideal solution. Fisher's elegant book helps novices get started and also offers fresh ideas for more experienced water gardeners. From fountains and waterfalls to streams and bog gardens, Fisher gives step-by-step instructions for building attractive structures. The lessons are clear and concise, even for unfamiliar topics like piping and pumps, and special sections on aquatic plants and fish will help readers truly be able to make their gardens come to life. Fisher's attention to detail is particularly impressive. Readers will benefit from advice as specific as which lighting schemes will create the least amount of garden glare, and with an up-to-date resources section, they will know exactly where to find equipment, animals and plant life that will best suit their properties. With over 600 glossy color photographs and illustrations, the book itself is as aesthetically pleasing as the gardens. Comprehensive and creative, this worthy sequel will be useful to anyone looking to master an inspired landscaping technique. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.