News

Botanic Garden Ornamental Pool Refurbishment

Great article written by John McMullan, Commercial Manager at EPDM roofing and lining specialist FirestonebpUK, about the refurbishment project completed by Water Gems in conjunction with Firestone. The Botanic Gardens commissioned us to carry out a refurbishment project of the trio of terraced ornamental pools which...

** Watergems Annual BBQ **

We held our annual BBQ at Vogrie last weekend! The forecast was not good, but the rain stayed away and the sun shone on us (occasionally!). There was a fabulous spread provided, cooked by our great chefs, followed by what has become traditional - a...

Pond algae

Pond Tip – Algae Problems

This is a very interesting "algae" that started cropping up in ponds in Scotland about ten years ago. It's Latin name is 'nostoc commune', but it has some wonderful old common names - star jelly, rot of the stars, star slime and witches butter for...

Garden Stream East Lothian

Stream Construction Project

We were asked to build this stream for a client in East Lothian. It was a very challenging project as about 200T of stone was needed, so big machinery and strong guys the order of the day! As well as that, though, it needs a good...

Oxgangs SUDS pool wetland

Oxgangs SUDS Pool Wetland

This is the Oxgangs SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) pool that we look after, which takes the water from the roofs and roads around it. Now, a few years on from when we planted it, it has turned into a proper wetland area. We look after...

RHS Chelsea Notes

Chelsea Show Gardens

Some photos from last week's RHS Chelsea show gardens: the Zoe Ball Listening Garden featured water patterns produced by feeding music into underwater speakers; the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden had waves in the pool created by a bobbing buoy and the Morgan Stanley Garden had...

Moroccan Tiles

Pond Edging

Some interesting edging details from a garden we are working on in the east end of Edinburgh. The Moroccan tiles need sealing to cope with Scottish frosts, but make a lovely border for this pool that will have a statue as a centrepiece. The clay “rope...