Written for gardeners and homeowners, Water Works is a rich and appealing source of ideas and techniques for anyone wishing to incorporate water features into their home landscape. The book covers everything from ponds, waterfalls, and streams to fountains, pools and spas. Gloriously illustrated with on-site photographs by award-winning photographer, Mick Hales, the book captures the imagination and shows exactly how to make water work to its best effects in the garden - tranquil, sensuous, or playful, water can set the tone for the entire landscape. The authors encourage gardeners to examine their natural settings so that they can build water features that blend well with the existing garden environment. The book also provides important design, mechanical, and safety information that readers must understand before they build or contract to build water features on their properties. A unique combination of landscape design and gardening know-how, there is excellent information - and photos - on plant selection for waterside habitats. This is just one element that gives the book an edge over other water garden titles.
Another is the combination of pools and spas in the same volume as other water features - both are increasingly popular and are best designed into the landscape alongside other elements.
Maureen Gilmer is a landscape designer, successful writer, public speaker and educator. She has made appearances on NBCs "The View", HGTVs "Way to Grow," Discovery Channel's "Home Matters" and several other prominent network and cable shows. Gilmer's writing appears regularly in such magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, Fine Gardening, and Country Living. She is the gardening columnist for consious.net, a major lifestyle web site. Gilmer has authored 15 books for gardeners. Michael Glassman has designed hundreds of landscapes from coast to coast. Some of his finest examples are small-scale gardens, where he has wrought miracles in the tiniest of spaces. Glassman is an award winning landscape designer and owns one of the most prestigious design and consultation firms in Northern California. Not your average garden guru, Glassman is part environmental evangelist, part coach and connoisseur. In his twenty years at the top of his profession, he has been honored many times for his designs, twice by the American Horticultural Society who featured private garden tours of his landscapes. He is regularly featured in home and garden design magazines and on television. Michael and his work will be featured in an up coming HG TV special "Spectacular Pools". Glassman studied landscape architecture and horticulture at the University of California at Davis and at La Napoule Art Foundation in France. He lectures at the University of California and at Sacramento Learning Exchange.