Lora Lee has over 25 years of experience in publishing. She purchased POND Trade in 2013 and has been thrilled with her new job ever since. As publisher, she is tasked with a few “minor responsibilities” that include organizing the content schedule, recruiting writers, acquiring articles, selling ads and designing the magazine. In her PPT (Pre-POND Trade) life, Lora Lee worked as an art director, marketing manager and art department supervisor for multiple trade magazines. She spends many hours in her garden and has been featured on garden walks. There is now a pond amidst the flowers. You never knew how much you would enjoy a pond until you have one. Now she can’t imagine life without one. Lora Lee is married and has one son. She lives in the Chicagoland area and her only regret is not being able to enjoy her garden and pond year round!

September/October 2020 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / August 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

I’m so glad to hear that a lot of contractors are really busy during these trying times. Who would have thought that a pandemic would cause many of you to have your busiest year yet? People are definitely more homebound right now, and there’s not many places you can safely go on vacation. What better […]

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July/August 2020 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / June 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

With the year already halfway over, the world continues to deal with a lot of unknowns and uncertainty. Since we last met, things have gotten a tad better, at least. I live in the Chicagoland area, where we’ve moved into the next phase of reopening. These are all baby steps, but I have to admit […]

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May/June 2020 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / April 29, 2020 / 0 Comments

As I write this, we are in the middle of a lockdown because of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is such a strange, unprecedented time. We hope you’ve all been practicing social distancing and are feeling healthy. How have you been staying busy? It appears that each state has created its own set of rules as […]

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March/April 2020 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / February 29, 2020 / 0 Comments

Yep, it’s hard to believe — it’s already year four of the “Water Artisans of the Year” contest. Time flies when you’re working hard! It’s really exciting to see what a lot of you have been up to over the past year. One thing hasn’t changed: You all build some knock-your-socks-off ponds and water features! […]

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January/February 2020 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / December 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

Happy New Year, readers! Hope your holidays were wonderful, and here’s looking forward to a great, prosperous 2020. A new year calls for a new game plan, and perhaps a few resolutions. What are your goals for the next year? What do you want to accomplish? Are you looking to up your game and attend […]

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November/December 2019 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / October 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

OK, get ready — I’m going to gush a little bit. I’m officially a mother-in-law! My son Evan got married to sweet Maggie in September at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota. The beautiful bride (and handsome groom, I might add) had to share the spotlight with a breathtaking waterlily collection, […]

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September/October 2019 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / August 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

Reports are coming in from pond builders all over the country — it sounds like business and life in the pond world has been really good this season! People have told me that with the economy on the upswing, they are able to pick and choose which jobs they want to take on, and which […]

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July/August 2019 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / June 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

As I finish up the design touches of this issue, I realize that we have three solid business topics — and all three are topics you are going to want to soak in. You all know how to build beautiful ponds, but you also need to have really good business sense and advice in order […]

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Living the Pond Life at Water Garden Expo 2019

By Lora Lee Gelles / June 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

Karrie and Lloyd Lightsey sure were busy getting donations rounded up for the American Cancer Society. Karrie is a cancer survivor, and she puts her heart and soul into fundraising and donating to the cause. Last fall, Karrie gathered shirts with logos from pond builders and retailers and had them made into a beautiful collage […]

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May/June 2019 Issue

By Lora Lee Gelles / April 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

First off, happy spring, everyone! By the time you read this column, water should be flowing nicely, with fish happily swimming and aquatic plants starting to green up and bloom. I love this time of year. I have a little personal story to share with you. My son Evan got engaged a couple of months […]

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