My concept for this
garden is centered on the use of water. A black-tiled central feature would
form a "mirror pond", reflecting the sky. The slight slope found in many
gardens is used to advantage here, with two header ponds feeding the mirror
pond through rills. From the mirror pond, another rill feeds the large
fountain. The mirror pond would have statues on its long North-South axis and
can also be used as a natural swimming pond. Powerful ultra violet (UV)
lighting can largely replace chemicals and kills bacteria and algae.
The parterre is defined
by planting areas shown green in the plan, which have posts and rope to help
form a definitive visual boundary to the parterre.
Barbican slabs are used
to surround the water features and define the area. It is preferable to use
ultra-violet cleansing in order to eliminate the need for chemicals in the
water. Swimming pool chemicals break down top-quality Riven slabs in time, and
make them rough and gritty to walk on.