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Zen & The Art Of Pond Building

Everyone knows ponds are beautiful to look at. But most people don’t realize how beneficial they are—enhancing your well-being, cleansing and controlling the environment, humidifying dry air, and removing airborne pollutants. This focus on the healthful and spiritual advantages of both indoor and outdoor water-features is what makes this pond building guide so unique. Of course, it delves into all the construction basics with a stunning variety of lavish images, and explains how to stock the pond with fish, select plants, and install atmospheric lighting. But it also includes delightful personal stories from the author that illustrate the power of water, thought-provoking quotations and parables, and scientific analyses of exactly how water neutralizes negative effects on our body and mind.

Hardcover: 208 pages

Publisher: Sterling; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1402742746

ISBN-13: 978-1402742743

Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Excellent,excellent! A lot of great information in a wonderfully readable format. Enjoyed and found it so useful I bought a second copy for my dad (a master gardener). Already build one pond with this book and working on a second. I especially loved how the author adds interesting personal anecdotes along with very user friendly information. Diagrams, pictures are great. Highly recommended to other weekend backyard landscaping warriors out there.

This book is not a coffee table book. It does have a lot of pictures in it, but they are not very large nor are they coffee table quality. However, this book is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in starting or having a pond stocked with lovely pond plants. There is a section that demonstrates all of the parts of the pond plant, and then goes on to describe the needs of the plant. There are other section that describe building projects and all that goes into them. For a "How To" "Do It Yourself" book, I can recommend this for necessary information.

I wish I had read this book before I re-built my pond. It is full of practical advice and information. The author adds personal stories about his life and the affect of water on it. An easy read, but yet entertaining and loaded with tidbits about what to do as well as what not to do when building any water feature. A good section on plants too.

Excellent information and suggestions for he beginner or advanced student.

Great book.

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