George Janowiak, the president and visionary behind GEM Ponds, has over 20 years of experience as a Certified Aquascape Contractor. He has designed, installed and serviced some of Chicagoland’s most exquisite custom ponds, water gardens, fishponds, streams and waterfalls. George brings his passion for the natural world and landscaping ponds to every project. As a licensed and bonded contractor, he specializes in pond design, installation, renovations, service, cleanouts and maintenance. George’s team comprises six hardworking and talented members: Allen Aguilar, Edi Aguilar, Omar Aguilar, Robyn Del Campo and Pablo Gonzales. Together, they form one of the most dedicated and artistic crews in the Chicagoland area, committed to transforming outdoor spaces into serene and beautiful landscapes. With GEM Ponds Inc., George Janowiak continues to bring his passion for ponds and the natural world to life, creating stunning water features that delight and inspire.
Lora Lee Pond Reno

Dream Pond Renovation for POND Trade Publisher

By George Janowiak / July 6, 2024 / 0 Comments

In the tranquil south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, lies Orland Park, where a homeowner named Lora Lee dreamt of a complete renovation for her small pond. She envisioned transforming her 10-by-8-foot pond with a waterfall into a low-maintenance, worry-free haven. (She also happens to be the publisher of POND Trade magazine!) Given her passion for […]

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Beyond the Pond: Growing Giant Pumpkins

By George Janowiak / February 24, 2024 / 0 Comments

Why grow giant pumpkins? I ask myself this every year. I started gardening more than 30 years ago, about the same time I built my first pond.

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Designing and Building Ponds for Turtles

By George Janowiak / April 27, 2019 / 3 Comments

I grew up in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s near Chicago, catching just about anything that would swim, crawl or hop. When I caught something, I would bring it home and put it in one of several tanks in my parents’ townhome. When I ran out of tanks, I found a baby pool that […]

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Think Outside the Box on Pond Renovations

By George Janowiak / October 31, 2015 / 0 Comments

Trying to save money and stay within his budget, I suggested adding some bigger boulders and some outcropping to break up the look.

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