Modern Garden Decor: Fountains and their Roots

The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to enhance your home.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Water fountains were linked to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains operated using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it.Modern Garden Decor: Fountains Roots 01396584444.jpg Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times used by Romans to beautify their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains built to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains created at the end of the 19th century functioned only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. The creation of unique water effects and the recycling of water were 2 things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Anglo-Saxon Grounds During the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons encountered great adjustments to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But before concentrating on home-life or having the occasion to think about domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Castles were more basic constructions and often constructed on blustery hills, where their tenants spent both time and space to practicing offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, commonly positioned in the widest, most fruitful hollows.Anglo-Saxon Grounds Norman Conquest 96509070613145483245.jpg Gardening, a quiet occupation, was impracticable in these fruitless fortifications. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is symbolized in Berkeley Castle, which is conceivably the most unscathed illustration we have. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstruction to attackers attempting to excavate under the castle walls. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an aged yew hedge cut into the figure of crude battlements.

Discover Peace with Outdoor Fountains

Water adds tranquility to your garden environment. The noise in your community can be masked by the soft sounds of a fountain. Nature and recreation are two of the things you will find in your garden.Discover Peace Outdoor Fountains 279382626678588.jpg Bodies of water such as seas, oceans and rivers are commonly used in water therapies, as they are considered therapeutic. So if you desire a tiny piece of heaven nearby, a pond or fountain in your own garden is the answer.