"Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as the water from a fountain. Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass the fountain"
Lao-Tze, Ancient Chinese Philosopher
Originally, the term "fountain" was used to describe a natural spring or source of water. Today a fountain has come to mean an artificial structure designed to contain and move water while providing aesthetic refreshment and pleasure. No matter what it is called, a water fountain will transform a garden like nothing else can. Whether it is a large fountain used as a dramatic center piece or a bubbling wall or table fountain, water works its magic on a garden, soothing and calming the soul.
Selecting the best location is very important when adding a fountain to the garden. Unless you have chosen a solar powered fountain, the first thing to consider is access to a power source. Make sure a 3-pronged GFCI outlet is available and avoid the use of extension cords. If necessary call a licensed electrician before installation to make sure all national and local codes are met. If a fountain that is viewable and accessible from all sides is chosen, make sure it is centrally located to become a focal point in the garden. A wall fountain may be preferred for a smaller garden to maximize space and jazz up a boring wall. Provide a comfortable place to sit and relax near the fountain to enjoy the peaceful sounds of moving water. The fountain will also help mask neighborhood and traffic background noise, which will enhance the feeling of an oasis in the garden. Be aware that if the fountain is located under large trees or shrubs, it will need the leaves, twigs and seeds cleaned out frequently.
There are many different kinds of garden fountains on the market today. They can be found to satisfy any budget, style or size. The most important advice regarding any water feature around the home is to supervise children at all times when in the vicinity of water. A child can drown in as little as an inch of water. Always take precautions when small children are in the garden to ensure everyone enjoys the great outdoors safely!