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Dave talks with designer Gary Koller about the benefits of using water features in a meditation garden.
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David Epstein: Hi, I am David Epstein, welcome to Growing Wisdom. And you know, recently I sat down with a good friend of mine Garry Koller and we went around to a meditation garden that he created. And I want to share with you that experience and let Garry talked about some of the great elements in his garden.
Garry Koller: This is one of our Native American plants, this is a pine tree called Bristlecone Pine, and it comes from the Rocky Mountains, very slow growing. It is one of the oldest plants in North America, there are plants of this that is probably overestimating a little bit, probably around 3,000 years old.
Some people are going to do want to do things with water and you have this lovely plant here which is a - it is a reed. I really like it because if you will look at it when the wind blows, the little stalks move in the wind.
Then if you look at the pond the top of the water over there, you have this very light fern like plant that is called parrot feather. And it is an a annual but it is a real soft looking when floating on the top of the pond, and I just like the way it looks because in this particular garden, it makes a bridge between the land and the water and you do not where one begins in the other ends.
Then I just want to show you what other feature that could be done in the smallest gardens. The two stones over there that have water in are just rocks that naturally have the depression in the middle of them and they hold water. I call them birdbath rocks. I love to put them in gardens because you can put them in the ground like you see here. You could put them on the to of a wall, the birds will come and they will wash themselves and splash around and they add a different dimension to garden which is the movement, that reflects, it changes and it gives different moves to the garden and it gives a cooling effect when looking at it.
David Epstein: And how does the water get in there, there is someone have to come up and fill it or do you have something else?
Gary Koller: Well, if these were in my garden, I would be out with the garden that is filling in.
David Epstein: Right.
Gary Koller: Here in this application, there is a tiny copper tube that comes into it and there is just a slow drip of water because one thing that birds like is they like fresh water. They do not like old still water. So the water is refreshed and it is a very, very slow dripped and it just keeps refreshing the water and in this particular use, it just drains off the rock or probably evaporates faster than it drops of.
David Epstein: Well, I hope you enjoy that little tour of the meditation garden with Garry Koller. We want you to comeback every week for all of our videos here at growingwisdom.com.