Water Gardening BHT307

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Learn to design and manage water gardens. Develop your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of different types of water gardens. Course Structure There are eight lessons as follows:
  1. Introduction: Scope & Nature of water features, water quality, plants & animals in water, etc.
  2. Construction
  3. Equipment: Pumps, Lights, Filters etc.
  4. Ponds, watercourses, bog gardens, dams - Design & Aftercare.
  5. Spas and Swimming Pools - Design & After care
  6. Water Features - Indoor & Outdoor - Fountains, Waterfalls, Fish tanks, ponds etc
  7. Water Plants
  8. Aquatic Animals
Summary Of Competencies Developed
  • Understand the nature and scope of water gardens.
  • Identify and describe generic cons…

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Learn to design and manage water gardens. Develop your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of different types of water gardens. Course Structure There are eight lessons as follows:
  1. Introduction: Scope & Nature of water features, water quality, plants & animals in water, etc.
  2. Construction
  3. Equipment: Pumps, Lights, Filters etc.
  4. Ponds, watercourses, bog gardens, dams - Design & Aftercare.
  5. Spas and Swimming Pools - Design & After care
  6. Water Features - Indoor & Outdoor - Fountains, Waterfalls, Fish tanks, ponds etc
  7. Water Plants
  8. Aquatic Animals
Summary Of Competencies Developed
  • Understand the nature and scope of water gardens.
  • Identify and describe generic construction materials and techniques suitable for water gardens and pools.
  • Select appropriate equipment for use with water features.
  • Specify the design and construction of a pond or watercourse.
  • Specify the design, construction and maintenance of a spa or swimming pool.
  • Specify the design & construction of a Water Feature other than a pond or water course.
  • Identity the water plants commonly used in water gardens.
  • Identify a variety of aquatic animals suitable for water gardens, and their requirements

Course Notes (Extract)

Water Grardens

Water gardens add a new and unique dimension to gardens, and can be used in many different ways to create many different effects. Still water in a tranquil garden pond or pool creates a feeling of serenity and peace, while moving water in fountains, streams and small waterfalls gives a more dynamic feel to the garden, generating a sense of life, movement and sound.

Other uses of water gardens include:

- modifying the environment of the garden, providing a moist, cool micro-climate for tender plants, or providing welcome relief by lowering the temperature near the house or other garden areas on a hot day;

- attracting wildlife to your garden, particularly birds (you should be aware though that birds such as ducks can also mess up your pond or pool, eat your fish, and be quite noisy);

- providing a home for fish, frogs, water snails and other interesting aquatic creatures. These will help control mosquitoes and other annoying insects, and help keep the pool clean;

- adding interest in the garden by providing a contrast to other features in terms of texture, colour or form, and by providing a reflective surface that allows an ever-changing scene, as the sun moves, as clouds pass by, or the wind ripples the water surface;

- providing an opportunity to grow a range of interesting and attractive aquatic or waterside plants in the garden;

- providing a visual link between various parts of the garden;

- creating a physical barrier that prevents access to parts of a garden, or a physical link that direct or guides where people move.

The scale and style of water gardens is almost limitless, ranging from small courtyard wells or water sculptures, to tranquil backyard goldfish ponds, through to large fountains, dramatic cascades and large formal swimming pools.

Water gardens can be simple or complex, large or small, and in a huge variety of styles. Depending on the theme or style of the garden you might perhaps decide to have straight-edged or geometrical designs for a formal garden, smooth curved designs for a modern garden, or irregular-shaped designs for less formal and natural-style gardens. You might choose to have a single pond or a series of ponds with water cascading from one to another. As you work through this course and look at different styles of water gardens, you will find there are many possibilities, any of which will enhance your garden.

Develop your skills in designing, constructing and maintaining a variety of different types of water gardens (fountains, strams, ponds, waterfalls, etc). Water gardens may be small or large, and when used properly can bring movement, sounds and a character to a garden that cannot be found any other way.

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