Guidelines for Putting in an Outdoor Fountain

alp_gxt686__20101.jpg Two things many people ignore when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a handy water source and an electrical outlet nearby. The practical side of setting one up is often disregarded because people get so focused on the excitement of it. The majority of power cords are 12 feet long and call for a 120v outdoor socket, though an extension cord can always be added. It will be necessary to fill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water in the area. Water is hard to move manually from place to place. The simplest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby garden hose. A water fountain autofill is yet another alternative, but will call for the help of someone who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

Rome’s Early Water Delivery Systems

Previous to 273, when the first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in Rome, inhabitants who resided on hills had to go even further down to collect their water from natural sources. When aqueducts or springs weren’t available, people living at higher elevations turned to water pulled from underground or rainwater, which was made possible by wells and cisterns. To deliver water to Pincian Hill in the early sixteenth century, they employed the emerging strategy of redirecting the motion from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. While these manholes were manufactured to make it easier to protect the aqueduct, it was also feasible to use buckets to remove water from the channel, which was exercised by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he purchased the property in 1543 to his passing in 1552. The cistern he had made to gather rainwater wasn’t satisfactory to meet his water specifications. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat below his residence, and he had a shaft opened to give him accessibility.

Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings

A fountain, an incredible 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.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the vicinity.

Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow downwards or shoot high into the air. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Roman fountains usually depicted images of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. Fountains played a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains built to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

The end of the 19th century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public areas and are used to recognize individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

The Impact of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Garden Design

Anglo-Saxons felt extraordinary modifications to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But the Normans had to pacify the whole territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Most often designed upon windy peaks, castles were straightforward structures that enabled their occupants to spend time and space to offensive and defensive programs, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings frequently added in only the most fecund, extensive valleys.

The barren fortresses did not provide for the calm avocation of farming. Berkeley Castle is probably the most unchanged model in existence today of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is rumored to have been created during the time of William the Conqueror. A big terrace recommended for exercising and as a way to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs around the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an ancient yew hedge trimmed into the form of crude battlements.

Striking Garden Tiered Water Features

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and common above all in gardens. Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain typically have lots of tiered fountains. While they can be seen anywhere, they are most typical in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people gather. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most lavish tiered fountains, while others have much simpler designs.

Any area can be enhanced with one, although a more traditional setting is sometimes more appropriate. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the decor and fit in accordingly.

Design Ideas for Garden Water Fountains

Gardens allow you to escape into nature and be outside anytime you want. While it is not a simple task to build one, you will be grateful you did once you are able to relax and enjoy it. A beautiful garden will increase any property value, as “curb appeal” is vital to the market value. Many people decide to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or including a water feature.

The visual appeal of any garden can be tremendously improved by merely adding a water fountain. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very plain spot. The sounds of a water fountain make for a soothing environment, not just for people but for the birds and other local wildlife that it will entice. The rest of the garden will suddenly become just background to the lovely new fountain.


Water Transport Strategies in Ancient Rome
With the building of the very first elevated aqueduct in Rome, the Aqua Anio Vetus in 273 BC, individuals who lived on the city’s foothills no longer had to depend entirely... read more
Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots
Embellishing city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains. read more
Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Beginnings
Decorating city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains. read more