An Appreciation of Stone (9)

posted, 09/17/06
Stones and Water

Yes I seem a little prejudice when it comes to stone and water. I will always feel that the most powerful element added to any designed space is water because it works on so many levels, but the element that adds a sense of permanence, and definition is stone. After all . . . look at the pyramids, they’re still hanging in there.

So . . . put these two together and you get the best of the most important elements to create a truly dynamic element/space in the garden. 4 seasons of movement, sound, light, reflection, life, and tranquility.

My goal in building any water feature like this is to attempt to leave the observer feeling as though they are looking at something that has naturally occurred as opposed to man-made. If you can just sell that illusion for a little bit you have succeeded as a designer/bulder.

Categorized as stone

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. 7 comments:

    Laura said…

    After checking out the pics of the falls too, I’m thinking that the landscaping would look so cool inside. Imagine a pond with koi fish in your living room… not practical though.
    10:56 PM
    Rick Anderson said…

    It wouldn’t be practical unless you had a, er, ah, what am I saying . . . . “It wouldn’t be practical” is correct.
    12:39 AM
    getzapped said…

    Stone and water are wonderful elements. Stone is very grounding and water allows us the freedom to move and explore…Nice blot!
    12:35 PM
    Rick Anderson said…

    Thanks for the compliment. The combinationis truly very powerful.
    8:22 PM
    lisa said…

    “Stoned and water”….sounds like me at swim practice in high school…hahahaha….ahem…sorry. Seriously, though…I love the water feature concept. Even though I live on a large river, I’d still like one in my yard. But alas, it would serve only as a playground for destructive raccoons. So I must use washtubs on legs as still-water gardens…ok but not the same!
    12:18 PM
    Rick Anderson said…

    They can be built where raccoons cannot destroy the feature, and in fact still be encouraged to interact, without destroying any part of the built water feature.
    12:35 PM
    lisa said…

    Any tips on HOW to build a waterfall that’s raccoon resistant?

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