Nothing is more soothing and peaceful than the sound of a gentle waterfall, especially in the hot desert environment.
Thousands of years ago melting glaciers may have formed the very first water gardens the world has seen, at some fourteen thousand foot elevations. In areas that experienced heavy rainfall, naturally occurring water gardens and ponds were formed. The heavy rain fall would run off into depressions in the terrain creating swamps, bogs and water gardens that the dinosaurs would have enjoyed and used as watering holes. Fossil evidence shows that the water lily is one of the first flower plants on the planet ~ over 100 million years old!
While you won’t find these critters in our desert environment, beavers are wonderful water garden and pond builders. The beaver is a masterful pond builder using wood and mud to construct dams, thus by default, building swampy areas complete with bogs and waterfalls.
In nature you will find wonderful examples of pond design and pond construction that can help you develop techniques you can use in your very own water garden or pond. In fact, The Pond Diggers of Exotic Aquatics use natural waterfalls, streams and ponds as inspiration for the water gardens and ponds that they build.
Aunt Effie’s Gardens is a perfect place to see a waterfall and Koi pond designed and installed by The Pond Diggers. Come meet the designers from The Pond Diggers at Aunt Effie’s Gardens in Palm Springs, this Saturday, Oct. 6 and watch them work as they improve the pond they built two years ago. Refreshments will be served, and you will have time to ask questions, learn how to build your own water garden.
Water lilies (botanical: Nymphaea) are considered the jewels of the pond. They serve an important purpose in the pond, mainly in aiding its ecosystem. Water lilies spread across the water’s surface, filling it with color and vibrancy while keeping the pond and the creatures in it safe and healthy.
Water lilies do a great deal to maintain the well-being of the ponds they inhabit. They provide shade to keep the water temperature down during the hot summer months. By blocking out a lot of sunlight, the lilies help to keep the algae growth under control. Their shade also gives shelter to any fish that may be in the pond – a respite from both the sun and any predators that may be lurking nearby. They also absorb nutrients in the water that would normally feed undesirable green plants, keeping the water clear and clean-looking.
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