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Water Gardens

What is more soothing than the sound of a backyard fountain or waterfall? Or more delightful than seeing dragonflies outside your window by providing a watering spot for wildlife.

Selected Books

Bridgewater, Alan; Bridgewater, Gill
Outdoor Water Features: 16 Easy-to-Build Projects for Your Yard and Garden
SB475.8.B75 2001
This Storey Publishing book offers large and small projects, including an authentic Japanese-style bamboo water pump and a container bog garden.
Davitt, Keith
Water Features for Small Gardens: From Concept to Construction
SB423.D39 2003
Don't have a lot big enough for a pond, waterfall and small stream? Try a bog or tub garden.
Dunn, Teri
Water Gardening for the Mid-Atlantic and New England
SB423.D863 2006x
This Cool Springs Press book provides recommendations for creating and maintaining a water garden suitable specifically for this region.
Erler, Catriona Tudor
Poolscaping: Gardening and Landscaping Around Your Swimming Pool and Spa
TH4763.E75 2003
If you are lucky enought to have an inground pool in this frigid climate, check out this book on how to make it more attractive.
Glattstein, Judy
Waterscaping: Plants and Ideas for Natural and Created Water Gardens
SB423 .G58 1994
This is a reference to understanding the water characteristics of a piece of property and choosing plants that will grow well and look good there.
Helm, Ben and Kelly Billing
The Water Gardener's Bible
"A Step By Step Guide To Building Planting Stocking And Maintaining A Backyard Water Garden"
SB423.H43 2008
Today installing a beautiful water garden has become a feasible undertaking for the average homeowner. This Rodale book shows you how.
The Natural Water Garden: Pools, Ponds, Marshes & Bogs for Backyards Everywhere
SB423.N396 1997x
"More than a brief on the virtues of wetlands, this collection of instructive essays by experts shows how to create residential wet gardens by mimicking local marshes, bogs and streams." -- Publishers Weekly
Simmons, John
Managing the Wet Garden: Plants That Flourish in Problem Places
Sometimes your water garden is unintentional. Learn how to take advantage of wet places and make your own wetland, water meadow, or bog.
Speichert, C. Greg and Sue Speichert
Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants
q SB423.S62 2004
This Timber Press book is lavishly illustrated and written by Water Gardening Magazine founders Greg and Sue Speichert.
Swindells, Philip
The Water Garden Encyclopedia
"The Ultimate Guide to Designing, Constructing, Planting and Maintaining Garden Ponds and Water Features of Every Type"
q SB423.S9393 2003x
"Combining comprehensive text and superb photographs, Swindells's (Natural Water Gardens) newest offers a host of ideas for creating and maintaining many types of water gardens, from small containers with fountains to re-creations of natural landscape settings." -- Publishers Weekly

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Web Sites

  • Colorado State Extension: Water Gardens
    Information from the Denver Master Gardeners
    • Build It and They Will Come
      "Living in the heart of the city, we often miss out on the simple pleasures that come from living near water. A water garden, whether it be a water-proof container on the patio, a half-barrel with a fountain or an in-ground pond, can bring the sights and sounds usually found near lakes or streams right into your own backyard."
  • Lilypons Water Gardens
    Lilypons Water Gardens is a nursery that has been around since 1917 and is located in Adamstown, Maryland, just outside of Frederick.

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