Have you ever paid attention to the landscaping ideas in commercial areas like zoos, parks, and tourist areas? I have found some of my very best ideas come from places like this. I was always taught that if you want to learn something then learn from someone who knows more than you do. The landscaping at zoos, parks, and the like are all landscaped by highly qualified professionals. They know more than I do so why not learn from them & their ideas? Granted, I can not afford to make some of these ideas on the same scale that I find in the parks but, if I downsize it a bit to my garden & budget size there are some really great ideas out there. The following pictures came from The San Antonio Zoo. I was so amazed that I found myself taking more pictures of the landscaping than of the animals. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Notice the huge planter in the water feature. Yes, it is huge but imagine it smaller. Maybe you could use one of those cement culverts to do something similar in your home pond.
I liked how this waterfall was set up to drop water from rock shelf to rock shelf. Huge? Yes, but see it much smaller backed up against a building, or fence, or maybe it could block an ugly view.
I loved how they made use of natural materials for this fence. A natural picket fence. I do have tons of tree branches that get trimmed every year. Hmmmmmmmmm? It gets me to thinking . . . .
I have a natural spring fed pond on my property that has some really shallow spots & a bridge wouldn't look quite right down there but now this could maybe be done & it wouldn't take away from the natural surroundings yet give us access to both sides.
Look at this. It is just a 4 x 4 post with holes drilled in them & then a large rope strung through them for a really cool looking fence that doesn't block the view of the plantings. And a Girl Scout trainer taught me how to make ropes once. I could do this.
Check out this water feature. I am not sure if this is real rocks or cement material made to look like rocks. Either way it really made the edges of the pond look kind of neat. Very different from just a ring of rocks around your pond. I like the way it hangs out over the water.
See this water feature up close. There is a combination of cement material and rocks put together to make this waterfall feature. It is just a matter of coloring that cement to match the rocks.
Here is another bridge idea that I thought was unique and fun.
Now if I ever have the money this would be fun to build over a water feature. See how the water flows between the cement rocks.
Here they used a row of rocks across each step of the waterfall.
This was one of the pathways cut onto a hill.
Hope You enjoyed my little visit to the San Antonio Zoo. Next time you visit a park, zoo, water park, or any commercial area for that matter. Pay closer attention to the landscaping. You will be surprised at what you can adapt to your home garden.