EcoPools uses a wide array of wetland plant species for creating our unique ecosystems. Plant species are selected on a number of criteria including geographical area, amount of sunlight, the design of our filtration technology, what purification function we want the plants to fulfill, aesthetic requirement of the client, and biochemical quality of the filling and top-up water.
We grow our own water plants in our production facility and have a range of growers around the country who grow plants specifically for us. We have a list of over 75 species of indigenous water plants which can be delivered country-wide (depending on seasonal availability).
We have a working relationship with the South African Biodiversity Institite (SANBI), where we collaborate in the development of new species for EcoPools. EcoPools are actively spreading the distribution of rare and endagered wetlands plants and the animals that are associated with them. This is of course being done with the consciousness of preserving genetic variability.
Many of our plant species have flowers and many of these are fragrant. When designing our aquatic gardens, we try to make sure that there is something blooming at all times of the year so that the pools always sport a dash of colour.
We are inspired by foliage. Water plants offer an incredible range of textures and colours. Because they do not need the structural integrity to retain moisture in the same way as terrestrial plants need to do, the foliage of water plants has evolved an impressive range of textures and shapes. Working with this diversity around the pool lends that part of the garden a unique and surprising flavour. Mass planting of texture plants such as Palmiet or some of the water-loving restios can be very impressive.
Many of the species we use have medicinal qualities: analgesics (Berula), wound healing (Centella) assisting in pregnancy and labour (Gunnera), respiratory ailments (Mentha), rheumatism (Zantedieschia), circulation (Typha), blood cleansing (Crynum), etc.
But perhaps the most interesting quality that the plants have are their magic. Traditional medicine has a very different take on how plants heal. Shamans are aware of the energetic properties of plants. EcoPools has consulted with traditional healers who have confirmed that many of the plants that we use in our ecosystems have powerful energetic properties. According to these shamans, the energetic fingerprint of the plants is transferred to the water trickling through the roots, which is therefore charged with healing properties.
EcoPools is actively researching the pharmacological and shamanic properties of indigenous wetland plants so that we can enhance the healing properties of the water in our pools.
EcoPools are widely used for hydro-therapy and swimming schools and we are looking forward to our first purification pool to be installed in a progressive synagogue for the traditional "mikva" bath before marriage.