Mother Earth Living


An Eye for Design: An Enchanting, Organic Water Garden

Ann Palmer’s artistic organic water garden cultivates community and showcases the beauty of nature.



Ann Palmer hosts all sorts of gatherings—from large-scale community events to intimate family dinners—in her beautifully designed Kansas garden.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Ann's garden appeals to neighborhood children, who come to admire the fish, an intricate fairy garden and a kids' hideaway tucked behind the pond.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
With huge leaves and striking pink blooms, Giant Victoria lilies act as living décor in Ann's naturally filtered pond garden.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Ann tends her rambling native wildflowers, including pink echinacea and orange and yellow daylilies.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Ann uses a variety of materials to create her garden’s patios and pathways. She recommends using similar colors to smoothly transition from one material to the next.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
The plants in her gravel bog help naturally filter Ann's pond, keeping it clean year-round without the use of a single chemical.
Photo By Diane Guthrie
Along with the rambling beds of native perennials, Ann’s garden features a huge array of potted plants. She sets giant pots along garden paths and next to built-in features such as the pergola, and lines up smaller plants along the large back porch’s stairs and on shelves against the barnlike garage.
Photo By Diane Guthrie

















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