The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 10. Ornamental Water

Direction of flow in lakes and streams

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The direction taken by the current of lakes and streams in gardens is considered of much moment. The inflow should if possible be from the east, the main direction of the current southerly, and the outlet towards the west; a circuitous route from north to east, then round by south and west, is not uncommon, but a course from west to east is deprecated as sinister and unpropitious.