Designed by Lou Carson Garden Design
This garden is a collaboration between Lou Carson Garden Design and Nadine Mitschunas, Pollinator Ecologist and winner of the Gardeners World Garden of the Year 2021.
The aim of the garden is to show how a wildlife friendly pond can blend beautifully and naturally within a garden border. The naturalistic planting is selected to attract wildlife, specially selected to reduce the need for watering. Using no hard landscaping, the garden will be created and maintained with little cost and will use recycled and re-used materials from existing gardens.
Ponds provide a habitat for many animals and are always full of life. Ponds attract not just frogs, toads and newts but also numerous other small creatures such as dragonflies, damselflies, water beetles, pond snails, water fleas, water boatmen and pond skaters. The pond is also an important source of water for many mammals such as foxes and hedgehogs, as well as for many birds, which all like to come for a drink. Ponds can be a lifeline in a very dry summer when all other available water sources have dried out. Birds also like to bath in the shallow water at the edge of the pond. The surrounding pollinator-friendly plants attract many different insects such as bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, beetles, and wasps. The close-by pond will also give these insects a source of water which they will frequently visit, especially on hot summer days. Some hoverflies are also particularly attracted to water and can often be found basking on stones or leaves close to the pond edge.