Cascading Carefree: How To Create a Stream

Build a water feature so worry free, you can practically walk away…but you won't want to.

Water gardening has become the fastest-growing trend in landscaping, with prospects of tranquility and property enhancement inspiring floods of interest in the topic. If you’ve thought about jumping in but feared you might end up in a sea of maintenance problems, check out our pond. The water’s fine! Best of all, it’s virtually self-sustaining.

Building a water feature that successfully mimics nature’s ecosystem can free you from chores such as monitoring water quality, balancing chemicals, repairing leaks and nursing sick plants and fish. We learned about this approach to pond construction and care from Club member Ray “Dr. Pond” Campbell of Lost Eden Ponds in Clearwater, Minnesota. He showed us how to build a balanced water garden that includes a filtering bog, a cascading stream and a fishpond.


In practically any climate, a water feature adds beauty to your landscape year-round.

Find full step-by-step instructions and an illustration for building this cascading pond by clicking on the PDF icon below.