It is really good to get out and about. One can hardly come back without having grown and learned from the experience. Over the past few months I have visited ponds built in Southern California (see the hybrid pond article A Pond in the Middle in this issue) and I was in Seattle for PNKCA’s (Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association) 25th Annual Seminar, and visited local dealers and ponds there. Then Cindy and I flew to England and went to the British Koi Keepers’ Annual Show (Britain’s largest annual national koi show), wandered Kew Gardens outside of London (they are having their 250th Anniversary), and saw several koi and water garden dealers around southern England.
Then I was off to the Chicago area for Pondamonium (10th Annual Celebration by Aquascape) and the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society’s 25th Annual Symposium. It is virtually impossible to come away from all of this without being overwhelmed by the vitality and diversity we enjoy in this trade/industry/niche market.
Most of us have felt the hammer of the recession, some much harder than others. But what I felt and saw at these events was enthusiasm and innovation, hope and joy. Most of those I spoke with were focused on serving their customers as best they could and on sharing new products and services they had to offer them.
Manufacture’s have you entered your new products in our PRODUCT OF THE YEAR competition yet? If not, time is running short. If you have new products that you have introduced to the marketplace in 2008 or 2009, they qualify, but you must act now. The deadline is coming up fast–October 31, 2009.
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Pond Design – Plant vs Rock Edges
Line ponds with rocks or plants? Leave behind the old style rock pit; now add plants to edges. Learn how to make a real water garden, reduce your labor and increase your profits.
Aquatic Plant Care in the Fall – Fall Finale
Winterize your customer’s water gardens. Learn great tips from an expert who has 20 yrs of water gardening experience. Plants need special care for successful overwintering - information you and your customers need to know.
Coast to Coast – Part 2 (UK Retailers)
Learn about a variety of successful UK retailers. They share their knowledge and passion for the industry - how to handle fish/plants/POS displays, products they stock and meet the owners and managers.
Boost Pond Business Retail Sales with Goldfish
Goldfish are a must. Goldfish are valuable and profitable to sale. The key is that goldfish sell for less and have a good margin. Advice on how and why to capture these sales here.
The Hybrid Koi Pond - A Mixture of Various Pond Design Techniques
Explore combining technologies and techniques from the koi pond and water garden to create a hybrid pond. Learn what they have in common or not. Easy affordable maintenance was key for this pond.
Do Different PVC Fittings Really Make a Difference in Water Flow?
Michael D. Cox
Test efficiencies of pipe fittings, in a controlled test. Two 45ºs elbows vs. one 90º, which has better flow? Learn about actual head, dynamic head, and total head. Increase your pumps output by 12%?
Language of Koi – Shiro Utsuri
Shiro Utsuri are strong contenders for prestigious awards. Learn how to select a young Shiro Utsuri. Find answers to whether yellow on the nose is a problem and what the black should look like.
Overwintering Koi Under Thick Ice
An in-depth and informative article about winter and koi ponds. Jamie shares his knowledge of successful koi keeping through the winter. The simple techniques outlined here can help the hobby of keeping koi to prosper.
Improve Communication with Six Key Steps to Better Pond Sales Tactics
We all sell. It is important that your communication style and appearance dispel the “salesman” stereotype. Pam shares six important things you should do. Tips for you to succeed in finding and keeping loyal customers.
Checklist to Prepare your Pond for Fall and Winter
Guidelines to better understand the process of transitioning the water garden from season to season. Remember, you are the expert and your advice is the most important customer’s will receive. Includes a Fall/Winter Pond Checklist.
Are Your Days Crazy? Take Control
How do you take back control? You are not effective if you are running around and putting out fires. Expert Leo will advise you how to take back control of your day in 7 steps.
Networking Benefits of Hosting a Pond Business Event
Hosting a pond event is an opportunity for networking. You learn and see new things for the industry. You meet people in the pond business that you can learn from and share your experiences with.
June 7th, 2013
Aquascape Inc. Introduces the Floating Plant Island
April 29th, 2013
Savio Engineering President Named Treasurer of IPPCA
May 1st, 2013
Winning Gourmet Fish Food
May 6th, 2013
Riverfront Park goes Sustainable
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The Clean Water Mystery: Three keys to maintaining the quality of your water
Damon Roberts, Allen Clawson
From Pea-Green to Pristine