Laura. Other. September 11th , 2017.
Once famed for its transatlantic liners and later for the Mersey beat of the '60's pop music, Liverpool became virtually derelict. But England`s first International Garden Festival has turned 25 hectares of dockside wasteland into a rolling park dedicated to the art of gardening. Here is a selection of pleasing water features from the festival.
Japanese gardens are oftentimes symbolic re‐creations of natural landscapes. In Japan‘s exhibit, a mountain torrent, the sea, and rugged coastline are all represented. The “forest“ is made up of plants typical to Japanese hillsides, including purple–leafed maples, azaleas, also rhododendrons. Shallow bays also moist pool edges allow a wide range of aquatic and marginal plants to be grown.
Water—loving Blechnum ferns and irises make a natural‐looking shoreline and provide coverture for fish. Note the overhanging deck ― a popular feature of many pools at the festival. Decks look good and make attractive entertaining areas too.
Hollowed‐out sections of bamboo stems make simple, informal fountain heads. This was a shallow depression in a small, sunny rock garden. The smooth river stones conceal the plumbing and a recirculating pump is hidden elsewhere. A similar fountain could feed a pool or be installed in one.
”Moon–viewing platforms” are a common feature of Japanese gardens with larger pools but would be a decorative and unusual addition to any generously proportioned pond. The structure makes a novel walkway through the garden and fish appreciate the shade cast and shelter from predatory birds.
Those who fancy a formal garden could take a lead from the Indian exhibit. This tiered garden features a long central canal punctuated with water jets in classic Mogul style. The Cascades connect the different levels while violas, planted in brilliant bands of contrasting color, border either side. Beautifully kept lawns stretch to both boundaries, marked by rows of pencil pines in a sea of annual flowers.
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