The origins of decorative garden ponds is a long one, filled with innovations that included discovering effective pond liner materials, finding the right way to balance this delicate ecosystem and pushing creativity to invent more and more stunning architecture to show off these tranquil pools.
Although there is no exact date that we can look on as the origin of garden ponds, the closest estimate is based on uncovered ruins in Jerusalem that date back to King Solomon’s time – around 970 to 931 BC. Similarly, there’s proof of ornamental ponds and water features dating back to ancient Egyptian and Babylonian times.
In these periods – and especially in these climates – having a water feature or garden pond was a sign of wealth, prosperity and power. After all, when you live in a hot or desert region, only the most powerful families could afford to treat water like art. Various families constantly sought to outdo each other in showing off their privileged status and garden ponds became an extension of the stunning architecture we still see today.
This competition was as prevalent throughout society as it is today and fostered an environment of innovation. New ways to transport water, line dams and irrigate fields were invented and, as a result, were applied on a different scale for garden ponds. As domestication and breeding of different animals became more focused and selective, so ornamental fresh water fish were cultivated for artistic purposes.
Today, this competition and innovation is still present, with new, better garden pond architecture and engineering. We even have greater control over what fish we have and are able to create environments where fish from the other side of the world will thrive.
None of this would be possible with the development of highly effective pond liners that we have today that make our ponds sustainable even in ground that loses waster rapidly. Contact us at Liners Online today for information on the diverse range of pond equipment, pumps and pond liners we have in stock for purchase online.