From Where Did Fountains Originate from?

pd-108__24127.jpg A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for an extraordinary effect.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were simply there to serve as functional elements. Inhabitants of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water flow downwards or shoot high into the air. Acting as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller depictions of the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Nowadays, fountains decorate public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

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An ideal herb garden can be created in a container. It is very likely that a person who is captivated by the kitchen or garden,will most likely also be attracted by the subject of herbs. Herbs provide immediate satisfaction as they can be used in any recipe, and they are incredibly easy to grow. A couple of minutes of care and attention every day is all that is required to maintain an herb garden once it's planted, and planter gardens and potted herbs can be easily taken inside once the autumn nights begin to freeze, making it last all year long. Some herbs will be set to harvest earlier than others due to their varied growth rates. Patience is necessary for herb gardening, just like any other goal. One must attend to an herb garden faithfully, even though results might not be noticeable on the 1st, 2nd or even 3rd day.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, were essentially gardens planned and planted on roof terraces. They were planned to be water-proof and placed over a big, curved stone substructure with large storage rooms below. Water came to the terraces by using hydraulic devices and the soil was deep enough to grow trees with efficiency. Thyme, poppy, anise, and rosemary were popular plants.

Reasons to Give Thought To Installing a Pondless Water Fountain in your Garden

Disappearing fountains also go by the name “pondless” fountains. It is known as “disappearing” because the water source is under ground. An ideal place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets frequent foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the surroundings. They are available in a range of distinct styles including waterfalls, columns made of granite, ceramic pots, and millstones.

A disappearing fountain could be the best option for you for many reasons. Since the water source is below ground, there is no exposed water to pose a danger to those around it. As such, it is safe for children to play near it. Moreover, you will not need to worry about losing water to evaporation since it is stored underground. Consequently, your fountain will not waste as much water as other kinds of fountains.

The time needed on upkeep is also minimized since algae does not grow underground and debris can not get into the water source. Last but not least, because of its small size it can fit almost anywhere you like.

Explore the World’s Tallest Water Features

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the astonishing height of 260 meters (853 feet) over the Red Sea.

The Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd with water levels of 202 meters (663 feet).

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), situated close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

With water ejected 190 meters (620 feet) in the air, the Port Fountain in Karachi, Pakistan makes the list.

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can attain up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are running, even though it typically only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 150 meters (490 feet).

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

The Many Designs in Garden Fountains

When you want to chill out for a moment and get some fresh air, a garden is the perfect spot. Although there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and made, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is important to the market value. There are many ways to improve the visual charm of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A significant enhancement to your garden can be accomplished by putting in a water fountain. A place of harmony and serenity will appear from what was at first just a simple spot. You are not the only one who will appreciate the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly creatures visiting. The rest of the garden will immediately become just background to the beautiful new fountain.


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