One of the newest exciting trends in landscape design is bringing nature and natural landscaping into the interior design space. In this case it’s at Garden State Koi’s Warwick, New York facility. Over the course of last winter they constructed this beautiful display garden featuring ponds, streams, waterfalls as well as landscape planting and even artificial turf. A most inspiring and impressive display. We are in the design development phase of a project which includes an indoor water feature as well as terrarium and aquarium. It promises to be a one of a kind, awesome, exciting, challenging and fun project.
Originally we made the trip to Garden State Koi to buy plants for our ‘Secret Garden of Celestial Happiness’, which is finished now (recently featured in the Great Outdoors column by Bill Lawyer in The Rye Record newspaper) and is a great success and model of ecological landscape design/build, organics and sustainable horticulture. We set out to visit Waterford Gardens but were very disappointed by the selection and quality of plant material available. They are better for fish apparently. GSK, however, was great! In September the selection of plants, still flowering, was excellent. They even had hard to get lava rock and biologicals. Their staff was knowledgable and helpful. The experience could not have been better, the plants and fish we purchased are doing great.
The power and dynamics of water never cease to amaze me! Our world is mostly water as are our bodies yet the percentage of fresh water on planet Earth is only somewhere around 0.03 percent! Drinking or potable water is our most essential, precious natural resource for terrestrial life on earth. You can live a month, some of us fatty’s even longer, without food, three days at best without clean water and three minutes without fresh air. Remember, aside from the benefit to your senses, sight sound etc., there are real potential health benefits. Water and plant systems clean the air and produce oxygen. If you need to be reminded go see Robert Redford in ‘All is Lost’.
The possibilities to create beautiful art with water as endless! Check out the National Aquarium in Baltimore or of special interest for fans of fresh water aquariums, Takashi Amano’s Nature Aquarium World. It’s a wonderful experience to study and enjoy life and nature in the comforts of your home or business setting. Peaceful, soothing and wonderful to behold, the visual as well as the sound of falling water infuses energy, beauty and harmony to your space.
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Jay Archer, President