Your Garden: An Ideal Place for a Garden Fountain

Garden: Ideal Place Garden Fountain 2479072229404673.jpg The inclusion of a wall water feature or an outdoor garden fountain is a great way to embellish your yard or garden design. A myriad of present-day designers and fountain craftsmen have found ideas in the fountains and water features of the past. As such, the impact of integrating one of these to your home decor connects it to past times. The advantage of having a garden fountain goes beyond its beauty as it also attracts birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it emits into the atmosphere. Flying, bothersome insects, for instance, are scared away by the birds congregating near the fountain or birdbath.

Spouting or cascading fountains are not the best option for a small yard since they require a great deal of space. Two options to choose from include either a freestanding type with an even back set against a fence or wall in your garden, or a wall-mounted, self-contained type which is suspended on a wall. Both a fountain mask located on the existing wall as well as a basin located at the bottom to collect the water are equired if you wish to add a fountain. Be sure to hire a professional for this type of job since it is better not to do it yourself due to the intricate plumbing and masonry work required.

The History of Garden Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a learned man, ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of old classical Greek documents into Latin. Embellishing Rome and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his objectives. In 1453 the Pope instigated the repairing of the Aqua Vergine, an historic Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. Building a mostra, an imposing commemorative fountain built by ancient Romans to memorialize the entry point of an aqueduct, was a custom revived by Nicholas V.History Garden Fountains 207025070414862650.jpg The present-day site of the Trevi Fountain was once occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and built by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The aqueduct he had refurbished included modifications and extensions which eventually enabled it to supply water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.