Build a foun­tain

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A cas­cad­ing wa­ter fea­ture in your gar­den – here’s how

The sound of cas­cad­ing wa­ter soothes the senses. We show you how to build a foun­tain that is also vis­ually ap­peal­ing – and you could even take the plunge to beat the sum­mer heat!

Dion says ...

When one con­tem­plates the role of the foun­tain through­out his­tory it be­comes clear just how im­por­tant a mea­sure of civil­i­sa­tion it is. In an­cient times the foun­tain was a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion for ac­cess­ing potable wa­ter for house­hold pur­poses, as peo­ple gen­er­ally had to share a wa­ter source. In later pe­ri­ods, such as the Re­nais­sance, foun­tains be­came ever more lav­ish in de­sign as their pur­pose changed from be­ing purely func­tional to the­atri­cal sym­bols of royal sovereignty.

When con­sid­er­ing how flow­ing wa­ter af­fects us phys­i­cally, we need only think of the sen­sa­tion of hav­ing a shower or a bath after a long day’s toil, or the joy of div­ing into a pool on a hot sum­mer’s day.

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