Sunday, September 30th, 1pm.
Pond Building 101 Class
This class covers every aspect of pond building for the do-it-yourselfer. How big do I want my pond? Will I have fish? What equipment should I include? How do I build the waterfall? Answer these questions and more in this all encompassing course.
Falling Water Gardens has everything you need for your pond, from fish and plants, to liner and pumps, plus a wide variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals for your garden. Located in Monroe, Washington, our property is home to numerous display gardens to provide the do-it-yourselfers with inspiration for their own spaces. Falling Water Garden’s goal is to help you create your escape.
Falling Water Gardens
Monroe, WA 98272
This is a short informational video outlining how to plant a floating island for your pond or water feature. Planting a floating island
This is a short informational video on how to prepare an aquatic planter for your pond or water feature. Preparing an aquatic planter
We use natural stone for our water features almost exclusively. Our signature three basalt column feature contains some heavy rock – heavy enough that our guys can barely wrestle them into place without resorting to machinery. But what if you’re not six feet tall, 200 pounds, strong and able bodied? What if you have limited access to area where you want your water feature? These obstacles can be overcome by the use of faux rock.
Bud Hinegardner is a local craftsman and the owner/operator of the company Boulder Design. His Iron Mountain bubbler columns look as close to the real thing as we’ve ever seen. They come ready to be plumbed as if they were real core-drilled basalt columns.
They are also economical. The 43″ is $430, the 34″ is $340, the 28″ is $296, the 22″ is $220, and the 16″ is $160. Real columns easily cost double this accross the board! Come check ‘em out in Monroe.
Having a water feature doesn’t always involve having an actual pond. Dish stones are a fantastic way of bringing water into your garden. Pictured on the right is a stone that’s fed by a bamboo spigot. You can take this entire kit home for just $600! If you’re not so taken with the bamboo, there are many other options for fountains, perhaps a whimsical frog fountain or spitting turtle? Some people enjoy the look of copper with a nice patina. Go with what you like.
Dish stones don’t even necessarily have to incorporate re-circulating water. They are great natural bird baths and can also act as enchanting reflection pools.
Core drilling a dish stone opens up new possibilities for the flow of water. An overflowing dish stone fed from below provides the effect of a naturally bubbling spring. We sell core drilled dish stones starting at $240. We can set you up with everything else you need to help you build this style of feature.
Most people will find that they are able to build this kind of water feature by themselves, given the proper instruction. If you feel that it’s a little more than you can handle we’d be happy to install it for you. Come out and talk ito us in Monroe!
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This is an extremely stable dwarf daylily. The striking green and white striped leaves are best produced under shade conditions. The leaves will produce more of a green and yellow contrast when in full sun. The clear golden-yellow cluster of flowers appear on very short stems through the summer. This may be planted in mass for a vivid display of color, or mixed into a diverse perennial border. Each lily-like flower opens up for only one day, hence the common name.
We’ve got these at Falling Water Gardens in one gallon pots for $15.
Our Clients often ask about installing a waterfall and pond in a garden with no hill or elevation. I suggest strongly against trying to create your own hill behind your pond for the waterfall and usually try to suggest alternative water features that don’t require a hill. There are many ideas for water features that don’t require a high hill for the waterfall and will still be a strong focal point in your garden. Think about using one or a small group of ceramic pots with water bubbling out of them, or a basalt column water feature with the water either bubbling out of the top of the columns or shooting up in a geyser between them. These types of water features will be less prone to the problems you may experience trying to build up your own hill.
You might also consider creating a gently flowing stream with short drops instead of a high hill. Most homeowners can use the soil excavated from the pond to create a gently rising stream area to flow into the pond. This new area can be compacted more easily so it won’t sink later after the stream has been installed and it will seem more natural in a garden that doesn’t have any other elevation. Make sure that you plant densely around the stream after you install it for a very natural look.
If you have your heart set on a waterfall and just can’t imagine any other type of water feature consider this:
• You will need to bring in about twice the amount of soil that you will be excavating from the construction of the pond. There won’t be enough soil from digging the pond to create a large enough mass to make the hill behind the pond seem like it is natural and in scale with the pond. What a lot of people end up with is what I call the “mole hill” or a “mini-volcano” behind their pond which looks very contrived.
• As you excavate the pond, pile the soil near the pond where you are trying to create the hill.
• Every time you get about 6” of soil piled up, lightly wet it down and compact it using a rented gas powered compactor or if you must, using a manual plate compactor.
• Do not pile up all the soil into a hill and then try to compact it because you’ll only compact the very top and after you’ve built your whole waterfall it will continue to compact and sink over time and your waterfall will sink along with the soil and eventually not work properly.
• Plan on having additional inexpensive heavy fill soil delivered to your site and install that along with the excavated soil, compacting it every time you lay down 6” of soil. Do not use light planting soil for this part of the project. You need soil that will compact and hold up the heavy waterfall rock.
• You should end up with a hill that is wider and deeper than the pond in front of it. This larger hill will seem more natural in the garden.
• Now you can install your waterfall into your pond and after that is complete you can bring in additional light planting soil to build the hill out even a bit more for planting. Install some boulders on the hill to make it feel more natural and plant the whole space densely.
If this seems like more work than you’re ready for remember that Falling Water Designs can install your water feature for you.