We are in the midst of Historic Garden Week in Virginia ~ that endless source of inspiration, admiration and…frustration (why can’t I accomplish a fraction of this??) for me. Alison and I have toured many homes and gardens and have featured numerous garden elements we thought you would enjoy from those tours, like garden gates, a garden wish list for floral arrangements, making of a garden week floral arrangement and stylish container gardens. Today we look at fountains.
Fountains, a brief history
Fountains originally were built for practical use: to supply spring water for drinking and bathing. Over time, they became lavish statements like Louis XIV’s fountain at Versailles
and commemorative markers like the fountain
Fountains on Tour
My car should have a bumper sticker that reads I brake for fountains. On garden tour a fountain is a must-stop photo op for me.
Fountains in our Landscape
A fountain provides visual interest, whether it is a focal point or an accent, and audible serenity with the sound of running water. Fountains have personalities, too. Some are stately
and others simply grand.
Judging by the number of photos of fountains in my photo library, I’ve had a fascination with fountains for a long time.
Fountain at one of Alison’s favorite spots, The Ponte Vedra Inn
No two are alike, but all provide the water element that brings us closer to mother earth. If you have a favorite fountain, please share it with us!
April 24, 2015