Backyard Water Fountains: The Myriad Designs From Which to Choose

Gardens are great places to take a break from the day-to-day routine and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. or_155__98106.jpg There is nothing as lovely as one to relax in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. Investing in a beautiful garden is good, as it will enhance the “curb appeal” and value of your home. Many people opt to add to their landscaping by putting in statues or other art, re-doing the pavement of their driveway, planting trees, or adding a water feature.

The visual appeal of any garden can be greatly improved by just adding a water fountain. Where you once had a plain area, you will now have an outdoor wonderland. The mood of your garden will be very different once you install a water fountain, as the calming sounds of the water will create an oasis for you as well as for the friendly birds and animals it will attract. Your fountain will quickly turn into the centerpiece of your garden or yard.

How a Fountain Can Make Your Environment More Enjoyable

Having a fountain around can improve your daily life as the soothing sound of the water provides a sense of tranquility, and the movement of the water serves to clean and moisten the air.

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will benefit you in ways you might not even realize. People around the world flock to coastal cities and major bodies of water, most likely influenced by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. While there are many extravagant ways to incorporate the benefits of water into your daily life (like investing in a beach house!), a much more convenient solution is to install a water feature in your home.

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more delightful, think about getting an outdoor garden fountain. You might be surprised how your beautiful outdoor space can be even more charming with one of the many outdoor water features on the market. It can be mounted on the exterior wall of your house above the patio, or even on the interior wall of a screened porch. Turn your flower garden into an oasis of serenity by adding a beautiful tiered model.

Due to the constant flow of water in a birdbath fountain, algae and bacteria do not build up, and birds come flocking to the pure water. The final detail your garden area needs to be a haven of peace is the sound of flowing water.

Aqueducts: The Remedy to Rome's Water Problems

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct assembled in Rome, began delivering the many people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, even though they had counted on natural springs up until then. When aqueducts or springs weren’t available, people living at higher elevations turned to water pulled from underground or rainwater, which was made available by wells and cisterns. To supply water to Pincian Hill in the early sixteenth century, they applied the emerging strategy of redirecting the flow from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground network. Spanning the length of the aqueduct’s network were pozzi, or manholes, that gave access. While these manholes were developed to make it simpler and easier to preserve the aqueduct, it was also possible to use buckets to extract water from the channel, which was exercised by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he bought the property in 1543 to his passing in 1552. He didn’t get a sufficient quantity of water from the cistern that he had built on his property to obtain rainwater. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran directly below his property.

The Story of Fountains

As the leader of the Catholic Church, the scholarly Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455} decided to commission translations of important texts from their original Greek into Latin. Continuing in his quest to make the city worthy of being called the seat of the Christian world, he resolved to exalt the beauty of the city as well. In 1453 he initiated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away. Nicholas V also resurrected the Roman custom of installing lavish fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. At his bidding, the architect Leon Battista Alberti undertook the construction of a wall fountain in the spot where the magnificent Trevi Fountain now stands. The aqueduct he had rebuilt included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Waterwork Worth Seeing

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of heathen and Christian artifacts on the grounds of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Due to the fact that the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly obscure. The part of town where it was situated was depressing and bleak which was enough to keep people away. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to erect a water fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular.

Work on the church's foundation commenced on on August 11, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.

Reasons to Think About Putting in a Pondless Water Element in your Backyard

There are two labels for this style of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. The source of the water is not visible because it is beneath the surface of the ground. Disappearing fountains add tranquil sound effects and striking visuals to any place where people get together. It is not difficult to find the design that is right for you, as there are so many to pick from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

Disappearing fountains also offer many advantages. Since the water source is underground, there is no exposed water to pose a threat to those around it. That said, you will not have to stress out about the well-being of your children. Moreover, you will not need to stress about losing water to evaporation since it is stored underground. Other types of fountains use up more water due to evaporation. The water source will remain clean and free of dirt since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to waste a lot of time cleaning it. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost any place you want.


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