K-State Research and Extension News
May 09, 2013
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Disappearing Fountains Are Economical and Appealing

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Looking for something small to add a focal point to your garden?  Disappearing fountains can add an aesthetically pleasing water feature to your yard and provide a relaxing sound for your enjoyment.  They are easy to assemble and can be fairly inexpensive.

“The fountain works by pumping water from a basin, up through a piece of glazed pottery or stone.  It gently overflows, and then seems to disappear into the ground, giving the fountain its name,” said Cheryl Boyer, nursery crop specialist with K-State Research and Extension.       

Disappearing fountains, compared to other water features, are safe and eye-catching.  They attract birds and wildlife, and the water is safe for pets to drink.  The fountains are safe for homes with small children because, unlike ponds, there is not an exposed pool of water, Boyer said.  Once installed, they are easy to clean and maintain.

More information on disappearing fountains is available in “Water Gardening: Disappearing Fountains,” K-State Research and Extension publication MF2945, available at county and district Extension offices and online.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Kaitlin Morgan
K-State Research & Extension News

Cheryl Boyer - crboyer@ksu.edu - 785-532- 3504