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What is a Sunken Garden?


The sunken garden is a unique type of garden where rainwater is collected in a central location. Many sunken gardens feature a pond on a lower level. Before designing your sunken garden, discuss the details with your landscaper. Make sure the walls around the garden are strong and durable. You should also consider how deep you want your hole to be.

Docent-led tours

Volunteering at the Sunken Gardens is a great way to gain valuable experience and meet new friends. The tours are interactive and age-appropriate, focusing on the rich history of the site and the fascinating facts about tropical plants and animals. Volunteers at the Sunken Gardens also have access to exclusive discounts throughout the year.

A typical tour of the Sunken Garden lasts 90 minutes to two hours. However, some visitors may want to spend more time in the garden, either relaxing in one of the picnic areas or taking a break to visit the Great Explorations museum. There is even the option to interact with a staff member and learn more about the unique flora and fauna.

The Sunken Garden is wheelchair and walker-friendly, with paths spanning three-fourths of a mile. However, some paths have steep inclines, so guests with mobility issues may need to use alternate routes. There are also limited seats throughout the gardens, and mature foliage provides plenty of shade and sunshine.

The Sunken Gardens are located in the Historic Old Northeast neighbourhood of St. Petersburg and are one of the area’s oldest attractions. The four-acre botanical garden is home to more than 50,000 tropical plants and wildlife. There are several nature walks where you can closely examine the tropical plants and fauna. The gardens are also home to a flock of flamingos.

Planting basins

Planting basins is an excellent way to slow water flow through a sunken garden. They can also hold water in the garden and provide habitat for wildlife. Native Americans used these planting basins to plant their gardens in arid regions. They can also help keep soil moisture and can help reduce water use in a region with low rainfall.

A sunken garden is low enough that it collects rainwater naturally. It requires additional maintenance and planning to prevent water from running off. It is also prone to flash flooding, so you must take special precautions. Plan your sunken garden to contain this water to avoid flooding. Ideally, you should plan your garden to include drainage outlets to keep excess water from draining away.

Sunken gardens are a great way to add a beautiful and functional garden to your home. They are often designed to offer sheltered areas and seating areas. You can also use them as a water feature by constructing ponds or using moisturizing organic materials. And when you want to add more privacy and enjoyment to your home, you can plant more than one type of plant in a basin.

Another great feature of sunken gardens is the ability to add features like water features, outdoor kitchens, and seating areas. Aromatic plants can be planted close to the floor to make the space more comfortable. They can also be planted in pots, giving them additional growing space. Sunken gardens can also help plants that wouldn’t thrive in other yard areas.

In addition to having a more functional space, sunken gardens can provide a unique look too small gardens. Placing different plants on different levels can create a different atmosphere and make your garden look bigger. For example, a water basin can be a reflective pool for plants and the sky. You can also use a green border to protect a recessed area. Contrasting colours create a unique ambience.

Watery zone

If you have a sunken garden, the soil is usually very heavy, and the groundwater table is quite high. This means that you need a resilient frame and more excavation to avoid waterlogging. However, there are ways to make this zone of the sunken garden promising for plants. You can use prefabricated elements or brick or dry stone walls to help retain soil. When you are constructing your sunken garden, make sure you consult with an expert.

The most affordable way to waterproof the Sunken Garden is to install a PermaSEAL tanking system. This will prevent water from penetrating the sunken garden’s walls. Another option is to add a PermaProof additive to the render. The more expensive option is to use a WP Top Waterproof Render. This product is both waterproof and offers a decorative finish.

A sunken garden can be a comfortable microclimate away from the wind. It is usually incised into the ground and surrounded by retaining walls. However, the water flowing through it should be directed downward. A sunken garden also requires good drainage. Whether the sunken garden is made from natural or man-made materials, drainage should be designed to prevent water from pooling. If water does accumulate, you can install a French drain to avoid this problem. If you don’t want water to pool in the sunken garden, you can also use porous materials that allow water to drain away from the area.

Sunken gardens also make great entertaining areas, so make sure you have comfortable seating areas. Your sunken garden should feature plenty of seats in the ground or pots. You can also incorporate a fire pit or an outdoor kitchen. Sunken gardens can also provide privacy and allow you to grow plants that might not grow well elsewhere in your garden. A sunken garden is also good for a jacuzzi or hot tub.

Seating areas

Seating areas in sunken gardens provide several benefits: privacy, comfort, and ambience. They are also protected from the wind. In some gardens, a fire pit can be placed in the middle of the seating area to provide a cozy, inviting atmosphere. You should be sure to choose comfortable chairs and cushions to sit on. A few decorative pillows can also enhance the seating area’s look. These seating areas will add a whole new look to your landscape.

Seating areas in sunken gardens can be built with a variety of materials. Porcelain paving or Composite Decking are two common choices. The tectonic system is also great for creating an elegant and stylish seating area. If you are unsure of your design ideas, talk to a landscaper to see what they have to offer.

Sunken seating can transform the landscape and provide privacy without needing tall fences. This retro trend was first introduced in the 60s and 1970s, but modern designers have taken it upon themselves to bring it back into the 21st century. Adding seating areas to a sunken garden can increase the drama and appeal of a garden, as it changes the way your garden elements appear.

In addition to comfortable seating, sunken gardens should also feature a place to relax. It’s best to add a lounge area where guests and family members can gather to enjoy each other’s company. You can install luxurious outdoor sofas, coffee tables, or even a small fire pit to provide warmth. You can add a hot tub or a jacuzzi to your sunken garden for privacy and comfort.

The sunken seating areas can be awkward for those who stand above. While the sunken seating areas are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the garden, they may also pose a safety risk. People who stand in a sunken seating area may be more susceptible to an accidental fall, which is not a good option for families with small children.

Performing arts venue

The Sunken Garden Theater is one of San Antonio’s most beloved venues. It has hosted concerts and events for over thirty-four years, including the San Antonio Zulu Association. The renovated theatre will feature a fixed stage setup, stage-side screens, permanent concessions and a restroom area. The theatre is also home to the legendary Lonesome Rose honky-tonk.

The Brackenridge Park Conservancy plans to invest $61.7 million in renovating the Sunken Garden Theater, a historical attraction located within the park. However, residents near the theatre think the project could create problems. They also fear the renovations could affect the park’s aesthetic appeal.

A $25 million bond was proposed in October for the Sunken Garden Theater, matched by Bexar County and accompanied by private funding of $12 million. However, after a series of city council meetings and a citizens committee, the proposal was scaled back to $10 million. City staff are now aiming to make up for the lost bond funding by focusing on raising funds from the Midtown TIRZ.