April Dugan has been privileged for the last 20 years to build alongside some of the greatest pond builders of our time. She was the first female finalist in the 2021 Water Artisans of the Year contest. April has worked on three continents and in 18 states building ponds, waterfalls and rainwater-harvesting systems for private residences as well as commercial clients like the Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Iguanaland, St. Augustine Alligator Farm and the Virginia Zoo. The greatest joy of her life was building RainXchange drinking water systems for villages in third world countries with the Aquascape Foundation. To date, the organization has provided drinking water for some 70,000 people.
Moss on waterfall

How to Build with Moss

By April Dugan / April 29, 2024 / 0 Comments

When I first started building ponds, I was told that moss has been tried and just doesn’t work in our waterfalls. This may be exactly the reason I was determined to find a way to build with moss. Here are a few of the things I’ve come to understand about moss in my own oversimplified […]

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Contractor’s Corner | A Pond of One’s Own

By April Dugan / November 30, 2022 / 0 Comments

Contractor outfits front yard with large-rock pondscape Building a water feature at your own home can be a bit overwhelming. You really want to incorporate all your favorite things from all the ponds you’ve ever built into one crazy piece of artwork; however, we wanted our pond to be simple and somewhat affordable. To contrast […]

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Pond Construction | Boulders Elevate Natural Waterfall Build

By April Dugan / August 31, 2022 / 0 Comments

There is a moment when a dry, dusty rock is struck by water and comes alive. It’s this moment that I live for as a pond builder. Watching my clients’ faces as they experience this phenomenon for the first time is beyond any monetary gain that could be had from any project. Know Your Customer […]

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