More on pond care for your garden railway

Maintaining water quality, year round care, and more
RELATED TOPICS: water features
This scene represents an early 1900s landing on the Ohio River at Marietta, Ohio. It is one of several exquisite historic vignettes built by the Columbus Garden Railway Society for the Franklin Park Conservatory's permanent, outdoor, courtyard garden railway in Columbus, Ohio. The tidy clumps of yellow-green grass-like plants are miniature variegated Japanese sweet flag growing in moist soil. The taller grassy clumps are path rush (Juncus tenuis).
Don Parker
Ponds and streams add undeniable charm and realism to the garden railway. They also add some additional maintenance. In this column I'll touch on water quality, summer care of the pond, and introduce you to some near-scale water plants.

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