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Ponds in Gardens and Parks - A Photo Gallery

Updated on November 13, 2011

Pond with ducks in Japanese Garden

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Photo 3  - This pond is located in Chesterfield, Missouri, and I love the tree turning to Fall colors here.
Photo 3 - This pond is located in Chesterfield, Missouri, and I love the tree turning to Fall colors here. | Source
Photo 4 - Located in Ofallon, Missouri area.
Photo 4 - Located in Ofallon, Missouri area. | Source
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Photo 6 - Located in a Wildlife Reserve in Missouri.
Photo 6 - Located in a Wildlife Reserve in Missouri. | Source
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Ponds in Gardens and Parks

Ponds add so much to gardens and parks. I love bodies of water from an ocean to even smaller ponds. Ponds can be a great way to add a lot of beauty to a garden setting, and even help wildlife like ducks, turtles, birds, frogs, butterflies and more.

This is a gallery of photos that I have captured with the camera of different garden settings where there is a pond. Whether large or small, I really think each of these ponds adds a lot to the garden that they are in.

Photo 1 - Here you can see a garden "island" withing a garden pond. I love how the ducks are enjoying the pond, and how much it adds to the greater garden setting.

Photos 2 & 7 - These are both very small ponds in more of a woodland garden setting. I love the rocks, and curving path the most here. There is a little bubbling movement over rocks in one area where the pond is "fed" by another water source.

Photo 3 - This is a nice pond with stones around its edge. Its not my favorite way to edge a pond, but it has definite benefits. I have seen ducks come to this pond often. My favorite part is the little bench that I have seen people often enjoying too.

Photos 4 & 6 - These are larger ponds where people come to fish, and it has just a real natural setting around it. They remind me of ponds I have seen out in the country.

Photo 5 - I love the reflection in this pond. Having little bridges are nice too, an aspect I especially love.

Photo 8 & 9 - Both of these are at completely different edges of a very large pond in a Japanese Garden. They are both joined only by a smaller bridge in one narrow part. I love the varying leaves of trees shown here. There are many beautiful koi fish that people feed too here.

Photo 10 - This pond is in a Chinese Garden, that has a wonderful water garden. I love the ducks that you can see swimming here, along with the big rocks and growing water garden. There is a little bubbling brook that feeds this pond which is located mostly in a shaded setting.

Photo 11 - This is a more formal pond garden setting. The pond nearest in the photo, is a large perfectly rectangle pond. Then, you have a large round pond with lots of lily pads growing there. They didn't have the water lilies growing yet but they are soon to follow. After the big round pond is one more large rectangle pond closer to the round Climatron in the distance. All three have beautiful, artistic statues of different kinds. I have seen them work in these ponds with the water lilies before, and its been interesting to see how they are grown there.

Photo 12 - In a large round decorative pond with Dale Chihuly art, you can see how different the ponds can be from one another. In this pond are some examples of huge water lily pads, the largest ones I have ever seen, in fact. The big glass bulbs are made by Dale Chihuly and part of the Missouri Botanical Garden even now.

** The next step for our family is to perhaps to our own little garden in the backyard one day. I have seen others do this in the front or the back, and its such a lovely touch. If you can ever watch the how Backyard Habitat, you can see just how many great reasons besides the obvious there are, for having a pond.

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Natures47friend, thank you very much! The V pattern in the water is something I love also, and they were going after food some other people were giving to the Koi fish in the pond. So I happened to be there, and had to grab the shot. :) What you mentioned though would work for some hungry ducks I am sure, lol.

      The lily pads are a favorite of mine, these ones are so huge, I had never seen some so big. So glad you stopped by and left a comment. I really appreciate it. :)

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      7 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Wow....I love your photos.....and ponds....lovely. The v wake pattern behind the ducks in the first photo is great.....were you throwing bread in the water to get this photo? lol

      I also love the close up of the lily pads in the last photo, but they are all amazing.

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      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Duchess, thank you so much for the comment, vote and visit! I really appreciate it. I love the ducks in the first one also, it might just be my favorite as well.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      7 years ago

      Voted Beautiful and awesome. I loved the first one the most.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Dahoglund, I love ponds, and keep my eye out for them. I hear you, when you say wait until Spring....Its starting to get cold here, though today happens to be unseasonably warm. So glad you stopped by, thank you.

      Arusho, thank you, and happy you stopped by and commented. :)

      Mary, thanks so much for your visit here. I can't believe that add you mentioned, I have never seen such an add! Sorry, it made me smile, but then I heard your more serious tone too about what some people are doing. I wish people wouldn't mess around with nature, and take responsibility for their choices. The balance in nature can be messed up sometimes, by man, we need to let some things just "be" perhaps? Thanks again.

      F, thanks so much! I really appreciate that. :)

      Simone, I like that too, now that you mention it. I hadn't thought about it that way before! (The W...) Your comment is appreciated. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I love how the birds in the first photo form a perfect "W"

      Great collection of photos!

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      7 years ago

      Some more great photos. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I have a small waterfall in my garden, and just the sound of the water is so relaxing. As usual, this Hub is beautiful. I couldn't help but notice, one of the ads on this page is for a Giant Python Snake! 395.00. We have so many waterways in my area, and people release these monsters. The Everglades are teeming with them now.

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      7 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Good hub, I too, like ponds and water features in the garden.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Nice pictures. I should look for ponds around here. I might wait for spring though.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      HappyBoomerNurse, I would be right there with you with a cup of tea! Its hard for me to pick which one I like the most, but that is a top one for sure for me too. Thank you for your visit and kind comment. :)

      CMHypno, that is a good question and I am one of those people who just loved water.... There is something about it, that is for sure. Thank you!

      DeborahNeyens, I love the Missouri Botanical Gardens too, and you are right, some of the ponds in this hub are from there! They are definitely professional pond makers, that is for sure. Great to learn from. Happy to share my photos, thank you so much for coming by!

      Snakeslane, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, I really appreciate it. :)

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 years ago from Canada

      The water gardens are so peaceful and serene. Thank you for sharing this excellant photo gallery oceansnsunsets. Regards, snakeslane

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      I recognize those ponds! I love the Missouri Botantical Gardens. I try to visit every time I'm in St. Louis. I especially love the Japanese garden in the fall. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

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      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Beautiful photos of parks and lakes Oceansnsunsets. Why do we love looking at or walking by water? To me there is just something so tranquil about it

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      These all look so lovely and inviting, especially #10 by the Japenese Gazebo. I could so easily picture myself sitting there with a cup of tea.

      The first photo was also exceptional with the splash of red leaves on the two trees, and the 2 ducks leaving perfect "V" shaped wakes.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. I am really enjoying all your photo galleries!


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