Review by Charles B. Thomas
Countless water gardeners began their aquatic experiences
with a fish bowl or an aquarium. Lessons learned from experience
with an aquarium apply to the water garden, but with modifications
and additions. Likewise, when water gardeners make the next big
step up to an earth pond, many old lessons apply, but again with
significant modifications and additions.
When I think of earth ponds, Tim Matson comes to mind. Michael
Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire, says, Aside
from some particularly thoughtful frogs and phragmites, no one
on earth knows more about ponds than Tim Matson. He has
been designing, restoring, and building earth ponds for nearly
three decades. Along the way, Tim found time to author three
landmark books on his favorite professional subject. He now shares
his extensive experience with earth ponds and wetland in his
fourth earth pond book.
In the book, the reader learns how earth ponds enliven
your landscape, create recreational opportunities, help the environment
and increase your property value.
Landscaping Earth Ponds - The Complete Guide Chapters
The Pond at Strawberry Hill
Techniques (Shaping the Basin, Planting)
The Lornell Pond
Save That Tree
Planting Considerations and Techniques
Recommended Pond Plants
Two chapters (Strawberry Hill and Lornell) relate Tims
projects from start to finish. Techniques cover vital aspects
like shaping the basin, planting, siting, inflows and outflows.
Helpful sketches, planning schemes, and beautiful pictures support
the well-written text.
Reading this latest Tim Matson book provides the reader with
essential information for anyone who owns or plans an earth pond
160 pages, softbound. White River Junction, VT USA Chelsea
Green Publishing Company, 2006