Most gardeners have enjoyed at one time or another the experience of watching fish swim in a pool, either at a public park or in a fellow gardener’s back yard. Imagine our surprise and delight when my wife and I arrived at our hotel on our Maui, Hawaii vacation and found the view from our fifth floor hotel room balcony was overlooking a beautiful Koi pond. The Maui, Hawaii ocean view was most beautiful by itself but seeing the fish pond with water plantings below was like icing on a cake. We excitedly talked about this feature for quite a while before we ever left our room to begin our much needed vacation.
This article allows us to share our hotel views with the reader through a slide show with pictures we took on our Maui, Hawaii vacation. Also included in the show are other selected examples of fish ponds and water gardens.
Be sure and watch the video on How to Care For Koi and Water Gardens and check out the information below.
Here’s some info on the topic according to wikipedia:
- Water gardens, sometimes called aquatic gardens in the pro builders jargon, are purposed with growing plants adapted to pools and ponds and are a kind of man-made water feature. They are defined as “any interior or exterior landscape or architectural element whose primarily purpose is to house, display, or propagate a particular species or variety of aquatic plant.” A water gardens’ main emphasis is on plant life; they often are home to attractive fish; thus, the feature will be a fish pool. Maui, Hawaii hotels, resorts, and condo landscaping have a great number of these features to help satisfy the frequent tourist desires.
- A garden pond is a water feature made in a garden or designed landscape, usually for visual purposes or to provide wildlife habitat or both. You will find a lot of these in island homes and as displays at retail areas.
- Koi ponds, as well as being tourist attention-grabbers at Hawaii hotels, are designed and used specifically to promote health and growth of the Nishikigoi or Japanese Ornamental Carp, typically as part of the water gardens landscape.
Drs. Foster and Smith, veterinarians, have this to say about Koi ponds:
The popularity of ponds is exploding, and with it the keeping of koi. The rewards of (this type) pond are great. A well-designed (fish) pond adds beauty and a sense of style wherever it is located. The size, colors, and graceful swimming of (this fish) present an effect that is at once beautiful, serene, and dramatic. It is, however, the unique interaction between the koi and the keeper that make it a truly special hobby.
So, unless you live in Maui, Hawaii where an abundance of these features exist, you might think about constructing one of these special water gardens in your yard.