The Montgomery County Water Garden Society 2011 Pond Tour Part II
The other five gardens we toured were as equally fun as was the first one. This was the second garden on the tour and I really liked the way this pond was laid out. You could sit around the pond and just relax-as though you were at a lake. The coolest thing by far was this pig laying nearby the above pond. He was HUGE! And just napping away while people came and toured his home. The owner said he roams freely and is a pet for them. He picked a nice shady spot to sleep too. This same garden had a small pond inside of their screened in patio area. I've seen this many times in the Tennessee area and think it is a neat idea. This water garden was not really a pond perse but more of a mountain stream with pools. The property naturally sloped down to the woods so the stream fit right in. The sound of the running water was incredible. I've never seen such a natural looking stream in a backyard that was built by man. The builder did a great job here. All the natural rocks of varying sizes really helped the stream fit in with the area. The way the water fell off of this rock was ingenious. The sound from the falling water and the beautiful cascading water was art. This pond was quite different from some of the others we saw. The homeowners placed pea gravel on the bottom. The gravel was a really nice effect that I wouldn't mind copying if I ever get a pond like this. The fish in the pond were also unique. They had sunfish, blue gill, goldfish, and even a catfish! Mr. Fix-it would surely love to fish here. The last garden we toured was a very rural large property with a couple of ponds. Unfortunately the pond pump went out a few days before the tour. The homeowner went out and bought a new pump and quickly installed it but the pond suffered a bit. Nonetheless I was, as usual, most interested in the gardens. The bricks on this patio leading to the pond were all salvaged brick from the property. The homeowner installed the patio herself and she did a wonderful job. I liked how this weeping tree (probably a weeping cherry) was showcased on the patio.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of water gardens. Remember almost all water garden owners love to garden so when you go on a pond tour you get a garden tour too....
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