One of the benefits of working in a watery side of the business is to get to really play with aspects of water that you might only do once or twice in your career. I get to do them almost daily.

Last couple of weeks we have been working on a not so small stream bed which will ultimately join a much larger body of water but the stream is a whole new set of rules and behaviours and things to think through.

Manmade but ‘natural’ looking stream – not one of mine!

Will it flow all the time?, will it have it’s own pump?, how do we feed the jets that will be the ‘stream source’? how many stream source jets? how deep is the ‘fall’? will it have damns? how deep is the stream bed and what is it made of? how far will it spread out? what volume of water will it add to the big body of water and so what’s the water displacement needed below? where is the liner (water) edge and where is the ‘edge’ edge? how does it flow  into the big body of water? and on it goes…

After that there is drawing it up so the landscapers can actually execute it all successfully, working out levels so that not only does it sit in it’s land location it connects successfully with the water and levels below.

Coton Manor’s Rill

Cross section after cross section is drawn up because it curves and winds and things  change as it interacts with a little bridge, it’s source, a jetty, a deck and finally the shallows of the big body of water and some deep water planting. PHEW






Thank heavens for Landscape Detailing Volume 4: Water and the delightful Creating Garden Ponds and Water Features book by the Acres Wild folk.

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  • Judy Rumbold

    As a plumber I used to play with water every day too but I do so envy you your environment. I only worked outside whilst unblocking drains or erecting pipework to the outside of a house.
    A garden with a stream would be wonderful, I think people forget that they can be man made and still look natural. I love a rill but it does rather dictate the style of garden in my view and getting the grass cuttings out would be a bit of a pain.
    Interesting questions you have raised and alot of work to do I think! I would like to see pictures of the finished waterway?

    • Rosewarne Gardens Designs

      Once it’s completed I will certain snap a few shots. It’sa good deal of work to construct but will no doubt be worth it in the long run!

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