I’ve loved fish ponds since I was three years old – I still remember how excited I was when we looked at a new place to live in Barstow, California. There was a gold fish pond in the front yard! But when we moved in, I was puzzled – the pond was gone. Many years later I learned my father had filled it in, to be sure me (3) or my sister (1) didn’t fall in. I also wondered occasionally about the wire over my grandmother’s fish pond. Which didn’t stop us from enjoying feeding the gold fish oatmeal, or managing to stop up her fountain with a stick.
My brother remembers the pond, and has built his own, full of fish and water lilies, as shown in the photos above. His is above ground in a long rectangular pine box along side their deck.
The other photo, of the stone garden waterfall, was taken at a friend’s home. The pond came with the house, and they’ve done a lovely job of enhancing it with a stone walk and plantings.
Where’s your favorite fish pond/water feature? What does it look like?