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  • Luberon Estate Fountain

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    Luberon Estate Fountain

    Luberon Estate Fountain was designed after the impressive fountain located in the villages in the central region of Provence in Southern France.  The Luberon region is 230 square miles and has three mountain ranges.   The Petit Luberon, the Grand Luberon, and the Luberon Oriental with valleys to the north and south of the region.  

    The Luberon range is home to the five most beautiful villages in France and is lush with planting, wildlife, as well as makes an ideal place to visit.  The villages are filled with drystone walls, shaded green spaces, and impressive water features dating back to the seventeenth century. 

    FOUNTAINS in Luberon

    Above: The inspiration for the Luberon Estate Fountain

    Campania International Luberon Estate Fountain

    Luberon Estate Fountain Details 

    This estate fountain is impressive in size weighing over 2700 pounds and standing 74 inches in height at the center.  The water is pumped from the large water basin up the center column and gentle cascades back into the pool through each of the four spigots.  
    • Made in the USA from premium cast stone concrete.
    • Includes UL-listed pump. No plumbing is needed. Water recirculates within the fountain.
    • The black, six-foot cord plugs into any standard 3-prong electrical outlet.
    • Cast stone and concrete construction
    • Pump included and installation instructions
    • Ideal for outdoor use
    • No additional water source.
    • No plumbing needed
    • Pump recirculates water
    • Dimensions: 84.5 inches in diameter x 74.25 inches high
    • Weighs: 2747 pounds
    • Shown in Aged Limestone (AL)
    • Ships LTL Freight
    • Recommended Fountain Cover - Extra Large - The cover does not need to cover the fiberglass basin

    Shipping & Delivery Details 

    After you have placed your order, our team of fountain specialist begins the patina application and prepares for shipping.  Once the patina has completely dried, the fountain is packaged, palletized, and carefully secured for our LTL shipping service. 

    Our shipping team will contact you before delivery to arrange an appointment for delivery at your home. The delivery driver will unload your order and deliver it curbside. It is important to carefully inspect the shipment before signing the delivery ticket. 

    Installation & Operations 

    After delivery, unpack the fountain and make sure to become familiar with the assembly instructions.  The Luberon Fountain has several pieces that they all need to be used to have the fountain work correctly.  Begin the assembly by making sure the ground is level and compacted.  Install the fiberglass basin, pump and compression fittings ( seal with silicone.)   Continue the installation of the fountain and let the silicone dry for 24 hours before adding water.

    Our Recommendation:  

    If you are looking for a large scale stand along fountain that makes an impact, consider adding this water feature.  Order the Luberon Estate Fountain online with free shipping here.  

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  • Camellia Birdbath Fountain

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    Camellia Birdbath Fountain 

    The Camellia Birdbath Fountain stands thirty-seven inches tall and made from cast stone. The center water spout resembles the beautiful flowering Camellia Japonica that flourishes during the winter months throughout the United States and Asia.   The Camellia flower was first discovered by Carl Linnaeus in the Philippines and named after botanist Georg Joseph Kamel.  
    Camellia Birdbath Fountain
     

    The Camellia Birdbath Fountain Details 

    The stand alone birdbath fountain makes a perfect addition to any patio, pathway, or focal point in the garden.  The placement of this water feature is ideal is a garden that is framed by boxwoods shrubs or as a centerpiece in a herb garden.  The footprint is small enough that it won't interfere with any roots or planting design.  

    • Made in the USA from premium cast stone concrete.
    • Twelve finishes available - Shown in Aged Limestone (AL)
    • Measures 27.5 inches in diameter, 37 inches tall. Total weight is 180 pounds
    • Includes UL-listed pump. No plumbing is needed. Water recirculates within the fountain.
    • The black, six-foot cord plugs into any standard 3-prong electrical outlet.
    • Cast stone and concrete construction
    • Pump included and installation instructions
    • Ideal for outdoor use
    • No additional water source.
    • No plumbing needed
    • Pump recirculates water
    • Ships via LTL Freight Carrier for free standard curbside delivery
    • Recommended Fountain Cover - Small 

    Delivery Details 

    The birdbath fountain will be shipped with our LTL freight carries secured to a forty-eight by forty inch pallet.  Also, to being secured on the pallet, it will be packed in wood Excelsior to protect it during the shipment to your location.  Once the fountain has reached your vicinity, our shipping team will schedule a delivery appointment.  Upon receipt, the delivery driver is going to unload the pallet and place curbside.  Please inspect the shipment to make sure it meets your satisfaction. 

    Installation & Operations 

    After unpacking, review the installation direction and familiarize yourself with the fountain pump, tubing, compression fitting, and sealant.  It will only take fifteen minutes to set up and install the fountain but be cautious of the over all weight.  We recommend using a hand cart while locating on your property for final placement.   

    To operate the fountain, just plug in the fountain pump.  Understand that it will run twenty-four hours a day unless you either unplug it or use a timer.  We do not recommend running fountains twenty-four hours a day.  Find outdoor timers here.

     

     

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  • Closerie Wall Fountain

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    Just In: Closerie Wall Fountain

    The Closerie Wall Fountain by Campania International is a new addition to the wall fountain collection. The Closerie is made from cast stone in Pennsylvania at the Campania manufacturing facility in the small town of Pennsburg.  

    Campania Internationals team of artisan are the master behind their extensive works of art.  Peter Cilino is the creative director and leads these extremely talented sculptors to push the boundaries and improve upon the outdoor garden decor offerings. 

    Closerie Wall Fountain Shown in Aged Limestone 

    Closerie Fountain

    Closerie Wall Fountain Details: 

    • Made in the USA from premium cast stone concrete.
    • Twelve finishes available - Shown in Aged Limestone (AL)
    • Measures 25.5 inches in wide, 17.5 inches in depth, 40.5 inches tall. Total weight is 284 pounds.
    • Includes UL-listed pump. No plumbing is needed. Water recirculates within the fountain.
    • The black, six-foot cord plugs into any standard 3-prong electrical outlet.
    • Cast stone and concrete construction
    • Pump included and installation instructions
    • Ideal for outdoor use
    • No additional water source.
    • No plumbing needed
    • Pump recirculates water
    • Ships via LTL Freight Carrier for free standard curbside delivery
    • Recommended Fountain Cover - Medium

    What exactly is cast stone and how is the Closerie Fountain made?  

    Cast stone is concrete masonry product that allows a sculptor or artisan to create natural looking stone in architectural applications.  This wall fountain is constructed using cement, sand, and crushed stone with a mold to create the finished product.  Each of the wall fountains has a mold created using the most advanced mold making skills today.  Each of the molds allows the team at Campania to control the quality of each piece made.  

    How do they apply the patina or finish to the Closerie Fountain?

    The Closerie fountain comes in twelve finishes that are applied in a multi step process by hand.  This process creates the most natural looking finish that can he replicate onto cast stone mirroring an antique looked.  The Closerie Wall Fountain is finished in the Aged Limestone Patina ( known as AL ).   These patinas are similar to stains you would use to finish a table or chair.  During the application process, the more detail the wall fountain, the more varying degrees of intensity are created when the patina is applied.  

    Where is a good location for these types of Wall Fountains? 

    Wall fountains typically are sold in two styles, ones that mount on wall and ones that are placed on the ground up against a wall. The Closerie Wall Fountain is placed on the ground against a wall.  This fountain needs three-foot by two-foot to allow enough room for placement.  In addition to the space required, an outdoor electrical outlet is needed to operate the fountain pump.  

    Best Placement: 

    • Patio Area 
    • Covered Entry 
    • Pool Patio Focal Point 
    • Herb Garden 
    • Small Rooftop Landscapes 

    How do I care for my wall fountain? 

    Make no mistake, a wall fountain is not maintenance free by any means.  Wall fountains need to be monitored on a weekly basis for debris and water evaporation.  Typically, leaves fall from trees or landscape plants that can cause a fountain pump to become clogged resulting in damage.  Other than debris, loss of water will completely ruin a fountain pump. 

    • Monitor leaves and debris weekly 
    • Add water once per week or install autofill device 
    • Use water purifier to keep water clean 

     How difficult is this fountain to install? 

    Installing a fountain is not difficult at all.  There is no need to hire a plumber, electrician, or a specialist to handle the installation.  The biggest issue that will be encountered with this fountain is how to handle the 284 pounds.  Here is what we recommend. 

    • Purchase a Durable Hand Cart 
    • Use Packing Materials on cart with moving 
    • Use Tie Strap/Rope to secure fountain to cart 
    • Do Not Rush - It is Heavy 
    • Make a Clear Path to the Installation Location 
    • This Fountain Needs 3 people to install 
    • Install the pump, compression fitting and pull the electric chord while on cart 
    • Read the instruction 

    If you are installing this fountain on natural ground, make sure to compact the area to reduce any settling.  We recommend using gravel two to three inches thick to provide a solid base for the fountain.  

    The Closerie Wall Fountain will make a great addition to any home, garden, rooftop, or landscape project.  

     

     

     

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  • Medici Fountain in the Palais du Luxembourg

    Posted on by Ashley Bel

    The Medici Fountain (La fontaine Médicis) was built in 1630

    The Medici Fountain located in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris is one of our favorite fountains in the world. Designed by fountain maker and hydraulic engineer, Tommaso Francini from Florence in 1630.

    In the 18th century, the Medici fountain was in ruins by Napoleon Bonaparte had the fountain restored by Jean Chalgrin in 1811. In 1864-66, the Medici Fountain was relocated to its current location in the Palais du Luxembourg.

    Learn more about the Le Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Garden here

    Here is a list of Type of Garden Fountain Materials: 

    • Bronze and Brass - Very durable and can be very expensive.  It develops a patina effect with colors from blue to green and yellow depending on the combination of metals
    • Aluminum - Lighter than bronze or brass but cheaper to build and transport.  Not one of the more preferred metals
    • Cast Stone - Popular because of its strength and bold appearance.  Cast stone dates back to Grecian times
    • Fiberglass - Has its advantageous like being lightweight, colorful and does not break down like resin.  It is less preferred material for garden fountains
    • Iron and Steel - Although rust can provide a protective surface to iron and steel it can be powder coated to maintain its original color
    • Marble - Marble statues and fountains need to be sculpted and are better used inside than outside to maintain the marble finish

    Interested in a garden fountain for you home or office?  See our collection of garden fountains, wall fountains, and estate fountains by visiting here.

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  • Inspiring Fountains of City Park in New Orleans

    Posted on by Chad Harris

    Looking for Inspiration? 

    Spring brings out the desire to update and renovates our outdoors. The addition of new seasonal color, outdoor patio furniture, garden statues, and other outdoor accessories.  

    Often, I go exploring in the City of New Orleans looking for outdoor fountains and garden settings.  I always end up at City Park.  There is tons of exploring with over 1300 acres and being one of the tenth largest City Parks in the United States it seems only fitting I explore it.  

    Each time I start off on a little project, I find myself discovering interesting facts about New Orleans City Park. Reference: Wikipedia 

    • 7th Most Visit Urban Public Park in the United States 
    • 50% Larger that Central Park in New York
    • 1300 acres 
    • Over 150 years old 
    • World's Largest Collection of Mature Live Oaks, Some older than 600 Years 
    • Dueling Oaks remain today from the 1800's 

    Inspiring Fountains of City Park in New Orleans from The Garden Gates on Vimeo.

     

     As I assembly each video capturing the days' activities, being able to relive the experience over and over is my reward.  I take thirty to forty minutes of raw footage and condense it into a minute or so.  

    I hope you enjoy the garden fountains I explored in City Park in New Orleans this week. 

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