A Best-Kept Secret
Ginny's water feature is tucked away in
Ray and Ginny's refuge is one of the best-kept secrets in North
County. The home sits on 0.75 acres, surrounded by 52 acres of
common ground and wooded areas. The water feature has an upper
pond, two streams, multiple waterfalls and a larger lower pond.
It is nestled in a wooded, lush natural landscape shaded by a
lovely dogwood tree and numerous flowering plants. There are great
views of the pond and gardens from the upper deck of the house,
the patio and spa area as well as the garden swing and gazebo.
- Owners: Ginny and Ray Mueller
- Location: Florissant, Missouri
- Designed by: Initial design by the homeowners and enhanced by
Land Works, Inc
- Constructed by Land Works, Inc
- Size: The ponds are 12' x 4' and 13' x 9'.
- Special features: Two ponds, multiple waterfalls and a couple
of streams with a 10,000 gallons-per-hour pump.
Our first project over 30 years ago was to replace railroad ties
when we initially purchased our home. We realized the natural
slope was perfect for a flower garden, stairs, and a very small
four-foot pond. The area has been a display of varying flowers,
shrubs and vines over the years; some experiments with perennials
and annuals more successful than others.
Floating gazing balls in the pond
four years ago, we decided to replace a tie wall along the driveway
which somehow evolved into redesigning and expanding our water
beautiful dogwood tree became the focal point of the pond and
a change of both perennials and annuals each year is exciting.
Koi are abundant
koi have been a great addition and a learning process.
Ginny added Chihuli-type touches
year we added hand-blown glass-inspired works of art from a Tampa,
Fl artist, Susan Gott, in the pond and in the garden. Definitely
a Chahuli-inspired feature.
love the water sounds and the pond seems to attract our local
wildlife, birds, deer, and a dog or two. It has been the site
of many parties, including a niece's engagement party.
Path along one of the gardens.
Nature is meant to be enjoyed, preserved and enhanced. The changing
seasonal views keep it interesting.
gift of nature is a treasure!