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Whiskey Barrel Water Garden

By: Terri O. for Super Simple Crafts

Looking for a unique way to spruce up your outdoor decor?  Consider making this Whiskey Barrel Water Garden from Terri O.  This one of a kind water garden is easy to make and is a great way to reuse a barrel you no longer want or need.

Whiskey Barrel Water Garden


  • Whiskey or wine barrel (You must soak barrel overnight so wooden slats swell properly before planting garden.)
  • Plastic tub liner (sits inside barrel)
  • Water pump (size: 80 to 120 gallons/hour. We used Pondworks Pump.)
  • 3/8-inch tubing
  • Dechlorinator (neutralizes chemicals in water)
  • Plantes used: Water lily, Anacharis, Parrot's Feather, Spider Wart
  • Easy access to hose





  1. Soak barrel overnight so slats swell and seal appropriately. Once dry, place plastic tub liner inside (It should fit snuggly).
  2. Fill up liner with water up to desired level.
  3. Set up water pump, according to package instructions. Remember, you want a device that pumps 80 to 120 gallons of water an hour. Once it's installed you can adjust the flow, particularly if you're using a decorative garden aerator, such as a frog.
  4. SAFETY TIP: Double-check outlet before you plug in. Make sure you use one that's equipped with a GFI (ground fault interrupter) safety fuse.
  5. Now you're ready to place plants in your water garden, starting with the most delicate, such as Anacharis. Plants that don't need to be submersed should be elevated out of the water. We used upside down plastic plant containers.
  6. Maintain your water garden by pruning and feeding your plants, and always check your water level.

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