Pond Tips – Water Features
If you are thinking about installing a water feature in your garden or outdoor space, we would be happy to help.
One of the many nice things we get to do at Water Gems is experiment 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 Fountain in Hyde Park. The water races round a granite ring and the combination of different flow rates with water’s properties of surface tension, adhesion and cohesion produce a fantastic variety of surprising effects.
No-one has yet offered us £3.5 million to design and build a water feature like this! However, we do get to play around creating pools where the water surface sits higher than the edge of the pool, and where static waves going round a rill create lovely reflected patterns. So, if you are designing or building a water feature – a fountain, cascade or a rill, have a think about whether you can do something unusual with the water running over it.
Photo: Lovely interference patterns on this cascade.