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The Royal Horticultural Society: Water Gardening

Handbook / ManualOut of Print

By: Peter Robinson

216 pages, Col photos, illus

Dorling Kindersley

Hardback | May 2003 | #139458 | ISBN: 1405300957
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From choosing a site to laying the final stepping stone, this comprehensive guide is full of practical advice and design projects, with photographs and artworks demonstrating the artistic and practical aspects of water gardening, and highlighting contemporary trends. Designed to be accessible and fully inclusive, this reference should prove useful to gardeners across all ranges of experience.

What better way to encourage nature into your garden than with a pond? Frogs, insects, birds and more will soon follow the installation of a water feature, in turn contributing to the reduction of garden pests elsewhere. Author Peter Robinson has decades of experience in water gardens and shares it unreservedly in this lavishly illustrated book. Published in association with the Royal Horticultural Society, whose expertise is beyond doubt, this is the definitive guide to the subject. From placement to digging, laying liners or using preformed units, stocking and planting, the subject is thoroughly covered in easy to understand language for gardeners of all levels of expertise. So if you are looking at installing or rejuvenating a pond or even just adding a small container water garden to the patio, this book will give you all the advice, help and inspiration you need to make an attractive, nature-friendly feature for your garden. - Lucy Watson


Water garden designs: designing with water; raised double pool; large formal pool; container gardens; oriental-style water garden; courtyard pool; informal pond for a town garden; millstone fountain; wildlife pond with bog garden; stream for town or country garden. Creating water features: planning and preparation; choosing a water feature; encouraging wildlife; siting a water feature; excavation and drainage; measuring areas and volumes; construction tools and materials; construction techniques; pumps and filters. Features with still water: ponds with flexible liner; beaches and islands; independent bog gardens; rigid pool units; raised pools with flexible liner; semi-raised rigid pool units; sunken concrete pools; clay-lined ponds; water gardens in containers. Features with moving water: simple streams with waterfalls; more ideas for stream construction; header pools and spillways; rigid stream units; concrete canals; fountains; cobblestone fountain; other reservoir features; wall fountains. Finishing touches: stepping-stones; bridges; lighting water features; edging materials; timber decking. Stocking and maintenance: maintaining a healthy pond; a balanced ecosystem; seasonal changes; routine tasks for pond health; cleaning out a pond; pond repairs. Plants for water gardens: planting environments; soils and containers; planning planting schemes; buying plants; planting techniques; routine plant care; division and propagation; plant pests and diseases. Fish for water features: fish species and their requirements; buying and introducing fish; routine fish care; fish pests and diseases. Plant catalogue: submerged plants; floating-leaved plants; water lilies; lotuses; marginal plants; moisture-loving plants.

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Peter Robinson is a horticultural consultant, specializing in designing and installing water features. A former director of Stapely Water Gardens, he designed Gold Medal gardens and exhibits for the Chelsea Flower Show. A Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture, he has lectured widely in the US, Ireland and Britain. He has written several books on water gardening and contributed to DK's highly acclaimed The RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening. Peter lives in Suffolk.

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