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DESIGN 162: Designing Water Features From Whimsical to Wild

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of nature as the best instructor.
  • Identify many instances whereby improvements can be made in quality, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
  • List a number of “turn-key” techniques.
  • Review construction considerations.


Maximize on the potential of the property to create beautiful, dramatic water gardens. Enhance the existing space and realize its potential for recreation, excitement or indeed tranquility. Examples will be shown of naturalistic projects that are low in maintenance and running costs and use native plant material for the landscape and purification of the water. Construction techniques of swimming ponds, wildlife and filtration ponds together with streams, waterfalls and grottoes will be illustrated and discussed.

Time/ Credits

1:50 hrs


Anthony Archer-Wills

President of Anthony Archer-Wills, LLC in Copake Falls, NY

GENESIS® Associate Pool Designer
  • Author of The Water Gardener, Water Power, and Designing Water Gardens
  • In 2008, he received the Joseph McCloskey Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Art and Craft of Watershaping, awarded by WaterShapes magazine.
Anthony Archer-Wills

Anthony Archer-Wills is one of the world’s foremost authorities on water gardening, responsible for developing many of the new techniques used in the construction of ponds with both concrete and flexible liners. He started his own aquatic nursery and pond construction business in the mid-1960s, and was subsequently invited by the Agricultural Training Board and British Association of Landscape Industries to train companies working in landscape design and construction. Archer-Wills wrote the leading books on the subject – The Water Gardener and Designing Water Gardens – and has lectured extensively worldwide.