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2022 Waterlily Competition

New Waterlily Competition Turns 25

The International Water Gardening Society (IWGS) New Waterlily Competition enjoyed a special year in 2022. It marked the 25th anniversary of the first competition, which was held in 1997 at Denver Botanic Gardens. We had the unique opportunity to celebrate this momentous occasion during this year’s IWGS symposium held at the competition’s current host site, …

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April Dugan pond

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

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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stone waterfall

The Harvest & Supply of Decorative Stone

No stone is exactly the same, and each customer envisions its use differently. That’s what makes my job as a stone harvester and supplier so interesting — knowing where a rock or boulder came from and how it was used to create something beautiful and natural looking for others to enjoy! Hopefully sharing my perspective …

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Increase Pollinator and Wildlife Diversity With Native Plants

by John Mark Courtney & Victoria Holderer, Kind Earth Growers Nothing quite compares to the tranquility of sitting next to a pond with a hot cup of coffee at sunrise. Listening, you can hear some groggy frogs croaking their last calls of a long night and a cheery good-morning whistle from a male cardinal perched …

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Carved Boulders Deliver Natural Water Feature Features

We had a customer reach out due to two unsightly, leaking cement waterfalls flanking her backyard staircase and she wanted to replace them with natural water features. After a quick meeting, I knew exactly what I was going to do: artistic fountainscapes.  Why? Well, I could use some carved boulders from Big Bend National Park here …

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Runners-Up for the 2021 Water Artisans of the Year

Second place is far from defeat — instead, it’s tangible proof of greatness and a solid motivator for future success. Check out the 2021 Water Artisans of the Year runners-up in this year’s contest on the following pages. POND Trade magazine is proud to host the independent, unsponsored Water Artisans of the Year contest on …

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POND Trade’s 2021 Water Artisans of the Year Winners

In a year that saw record-breaking property values all over the place, 2021 also saw the most-ever entries in POND Trade’s Water Artisans of the Year contest — almost 70! Coincidence? We think not! Just like 2020, many pond-loving clients found themselves spending more time at home, which naturally meant more home improvement and enhancement …

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How to Source Aquatic Plants in any Ecosystem

When I began my career more than 35 years ago, little information existed about most things aquatic compared to today. Instead of being just a click away, information about individual plants was typically provided via a photocopy through the mail. I would send a check to cover the cost (about 7 to 10 cents per …

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