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Waterscaping is simply landscaping with water, and Greenwood International has distinguished itself with the quality and impact of the ponds, pools and waterfalls it has designed and created for discerning Eastside clients. A well-placed surface-water feature can add a uniquely rewarding accent or focal point--and sound--to almost any landscape. Moreover, thanks to rapidly-changing technology, such a feature can (and should) be all but maintenance-free.

As with our other pursuits, we begin by seriously studying the site; listening to the land as intently as we listen to its owner. (Often, this proves to be an almost on-going process, as our installation crews notice and recommend opportunities for last-minute refinements.)

Because waterscaping almost always involves heavy and extensive manual work--free- form excavating, manipulating paving stones, liner fabric and large, hand-selected rocks-- computers haven’t much to contribute. Instead, the premium is on imagination, resourcefulness, boldness and vivid visualization. Consider the endless possibilities:

  • Perhaps a captive cascade is the only beautiful way to deal with a steep slope very near the house, as occurred on an estate in Bellevue
  • A small, Cedar log waterfall might empty into a handsome swimming
    pool, as we arranged for a prestige home in Woodinville
  • A waterfall might be combined with a small pond as the highlight of a
    relaxing vista enjoyed from the patio of large home in Union Hill
  • A simple spouting fountain, set in one of several small clusters of
    naturalistic rock, is the delightful surprise of an alpine gardenscape
    we created in Redmond
  • An ornamental pool can transform a troublesome low spot into a strong
    feature, enhancing the entire property. We did it in Bellevue
  • A naturalistic bog garden was chosen by an artistic Bridle Trails client.


Greenwood has mastered the fine art of concealment and deception that are so necessary in connection with waterscaping. Pipe work, pumps, liners, filters, bubblers, timers, and various electrical devices must be accessible but unobtrusive. We avoid chemicals, relying instead on biofilters and water-purifying plants to assure that the water remains healthful for fish and other life forms. The affects of sunlight, shade, decaying leaves, freezing, and animals need to be considered as well.

In waterscaping, as in many other aspects of life, what you don’t know can hurt you. We at Greenwood make it our business to know. That way, our imaginations -- and yours -- can safely soar.