John Adams and his son Tristan Adams are the owners of Modern Design Aquascaping. They are Master Certified Aquascapers & Certified Rainwater Harvesting Professionals. They have been building ponds for 20 years and have constructed features in 11 states. They have received the national title of "Artist of the Year." John has been to Africa two times with the Aquascape Foundation to build rainwater harvesting systems for those in need. He has spoken as an educator to hundreds of people at garden shows, garden centers and trade shows. Their work has been featured on HGTV Ideas and cable television as well as in various newspapers and magazine publications. See their work at or on Facebook at Modern Design Aquascaping, or call them at 865/995-1234.
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Pond Contractor Builds Massive Personal Waterscape

By John Adams / August 31, 2022 / 0 Comments

As a professional pond builder for more 25 years, I have built my own personal water feature multitudes of times. Going through life as an artist, my skill sets and vision have continued to evolve with the passing of each year. Eventually this evolution, combined with my addiction to creating, would entice me to inevitably […]

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All-Star Pitcher Plants at Shaq’s Water Feature

By John Adams / August 28, 2020 / 0 Comments

I couldn’t believe it. I was on the phone with The Pond Guy (a.k.a. Greg Wittstock) talking about a water feature build for the legendary Shaquille O’Neal. To make it even better, it would be built right next to his incredible creation that was featured on Treehouse Masters. This was going to be epic! [box]>> […]

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Pond Business | Identify Overhead Expenses and Find Increased Profits

By John Adams / June 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

Here at Modern Design Aquascaping, we have won many awards and have been recognized as one of the best pond builders in the country. I don’t say this to toot my own horn; I say it because I am proof that you can be the best at what you do and still fail at the […]

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Wetland Filtration Offers Simple Path to Clear Water

By John Adams / October 31, 2016 / 17 Comments

I have been preaching these words for more than 20 years, and it rings true now more than ever. Pond construction as an industry continues to grow and develop, and practices like wetland filtration continue to evolve into more functional, easy-maintenance solutions. These solutions help us maintain the highest level of water quality in our […]

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Polish the Water with Zero-Edging

By John Adams / October 27, 2015 / 0 Comments

With all the talk about bog filtration, it seemed a good idea to discuss how we situate our pump in order to prefilter our water before sending it into a bog or other biological filter. The first step of pond filtration is called mechanical filtration, and that is what a wetland intake is — a […]

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