A few years ago I was in California and blown away by all the beautiful garden fountains that I saw. So I put together a little roundup post of all the places I could find that I could dream about going to one day to buy a fountain for our own home. Two years later, I still don't have one, but I'm getting closer and my shopper's eye has grown sharper. Here's my latest update with rich collection of sources. Enjoy!
This pic is from 2008. The fountain above is in Sara Kate's mother's yard. It's from Jackalope.
Northern and Eastern folks have only half a year to fire up their fountains, but in the more temperate regions they run year round (I found the stunner of a fountain below outside a chiropractor's office in Berkeley)...
The web really delivers. Below you'll find a list of some really good and some really diverse online shops that sell garden fountains. Note: they're not all classy. The fountain business lends itself to some pretty awful creations. You've got to self edit, but there ARE good ones among the bad.
How To's: This is your first stop. The top link, in particular, is a good one for an attractive DIY
>> DIY water fountain out of terra cotta pots from Martha Stewart
>> How to make an outdoor fountain from Wikihow.com
>> DIY three-tiered fountain using some lightweight planters from bluegrassgardens.com
>> How to build a fountain/container combination from gardengatemagazine.com
Less Common Retailers: These guys are fancy, unique or both
>> Mecox Gardens - a lot of these are unique, vintage finds
>> Elegant Earth - These people do a beautiful job with organically pigmented concrete, and have a detailed list of retailers which comprise good local leads for fountains
>> Compania Int'l - These folks are wholesalers, but have a great selection online as well as a great list of local retailers.
>> Stone Forest
>> Green Goddess
More Common Retailers: These guys have all the stuff you'd expect, but WITH some good choices.
If you're in Los Angeles or New Mexico
If you're on Long Island
>> Marders in Bridgehampton
Solar Fountain Pumps: I wanted to include this if only to point out that solar makes a lot of sense for powering these things.