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The Master Book of the Water Garden: The Ultimate Guide to Designing and Maintaining Water Gardens

Handbook / Manual

Edited By: Phillip Swindells

320 pages, 750 col photos

Salamander Books

Hardback | Apr 2002 | #133225 | ISBN: 1840653949
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NHBS Price: £24.99 $33/€28 approx

About this book

Water has featured prominently in garden designs for thousands of years and its appeal to the senses still attracts the imagination of gardeners. Although water gardening need not be time-consuming, costly or complicated, ponds and other water features do need careful planning. This updated edition of "The Master Book of the Water Garden" is a guide to this task, detailing the wide range of options available to a water gardener. The book is comprehensively written, with easy-to-follow, accessible advice, detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations. The guide features more than 150 illustrated plant profiles, which detail the requirements for aquatic plants. Its clear advice should enable the reader to select not only plants but also fish for the water garden.

Acclaimed water gardening writer Philip Swindells brings more than thirty years experience to this definitive work on water gardens. Look no further for inspiration, advice and planting suggestions. Whether you have a town courtyard, a large country garden or, if you are very lucky, a natural stream, information on water design for all situations is contained here. Fabulously illustrated with water features of every shape, size, form and style, the choice is almost overwhelming. A formal pond punctuated by perfect plantings of irises, an informal wildlife pond teeming with native flora and fauna, rills, streams, water-falls, cascades, water meadows and bog gardens. The list is endless. Philip Swindells brings his unrivalled expertise to explain the methods of installation, the hard-landscaping, planting, stocking and aftercare. Handy hints on possible problems and how to overcome them together with how to rejuvenate an overgrown water feature are also included. A directory of plants from deep-water aquatics to marginals and tropicals for those fortunate enough to have a conservatory pond ensures perfect plant selection. The technicalities of siting and construction together with the installation of electrics are clearly explained to ensure perfect results. So if you are thinking of creating a water feature, look no further for a book to assist. Not only does inspiration jump from the pages but sound water gardening advice ensures a complete picture within one cover.


Water garden design; building a pool; waterfalls and streams; container water features; special features; stocking the pool; water garden care.

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Philip Swindells has more than 30 years of practical professional horticultural experience and now works as a consultant specialising in the conservation, restoration and management of historic gardens, particularly water gardens. He has won a number of awards and scholarships for his services to horticulture. Among his writing awards have been the UK Garden Writer of the Year Award in 1985 and the Quill and Trowel international communications award by the Garden Writers' Association of America in 1986.

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