Rebuilt pools at John Hope Gateway, Edinburgh

John Hope Gateway Pools

The John Hope Gateway pools at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh are filling up. The water in the top pools highlights the outlines and as it travels over the weirs it darkens the granite which gives an unusual and interesting effect. We would like to take the...

This light coloured slab provides a striking pond edge, designed by Carolyn Grohmann

Pond Tips – Edges

Pond edges are interesting places. If you are standing at one then there should be lots to see and lots to be interested in. If you are a designer or pond builder producing an infinity or meniscus pool then the edge needs to be level...

Lovely interference patterns on this cascade.

Pond Tips – Water Features

One of the many nice things we get to do at Water Gems is play around with designing water features based on some of the strange physical properties of water. One of the best examples we know of doing this is the Princess Diana Memorial...

Huntercombe Hospital Garden, West Lothian, built by Water Gems, designed by Carolyn Grohmann

AWARDS SEASON 2016!

Water Gems have once again become BALI award winners.  The British Association of Landscape Industries awards ceremony takes place every December with a champagne reception followed by a sumptuous lunch. This year Nick and Annie, Robin, Struan, Hubert and Kenny will head down to the ceremony...

Froggy Pond Makeover by Water Gems Edinburgh

Froggy Pond Makeover

Water Gems were delighted to carry out much needed improvements to this popular pond in Dedridge, Livingstone.  Funding was secured by West Lothian Council to improve the pond’s appearance whilst increasing its biodiversity and its value for formal and informal nature study.   The name Froggy...

There is so much duckweed on this pond it looks like a lawn!

Pond Tips – Duckweed

September. For some reason lots of ponds have duckweed at this time of year (the little floating green plants that sometimes cover ponds). I am not sure why it is called duckweed except that ducks appear to eat it. Duckweed is shade tolerant and typical...

Jupiter Artland formal water feature, consultation work, pond construction, Water Gems

Pond Tips for August

First of all don’t plant Norfolk reed. It can grow horizontally at 5m a year and one three acre lochan we know went from 30 plants to about 30 000 in ten years or so. Second, don’t use a cheap liner, because they often leak. Third, don’t...