Kloubec Koi Farm

March/April 2020 Issue

2019 Water Artisans of Year Winners and Runners-Up

By Lora Lee Gelles

Published on February 29, 2020

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! These beauties and winners continue to dazzle us year over year. 

I wish I could show you more of the entries. (I don’t know how our judges narrowed it down!) Truth be told, we could fill an entire issue with all the amazing submissions we received, but you’ll have to settle for the five winners and five runners-up. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, though.

We like to shake up the categories just a bit each year, and this time we tried a new category, Ponds Revisited. It’s nice to see how your work is flourishing a year, three years — even 10 years down the road, and how it withstands the test of time. It’s also reassuring to know that your client still loves their pond as much as you enjoyed building it for them.

Thanks as always to our Supreme Stream Court for lending their time, discerning eyes and industry expertise. After you’ve finished admiring all the winning projects, you may want to jump in and show off your own best builds. Hold tight! Beginning this fall, we will begin accepting submissions for projects completed in 2020.

Don’t miss everything else this issue has to offer! For all the artists and musicians out there, we’ve got a couple of features that may inspire your senses. Kelly Billing’s article about variegated plants and adding greenery with splashes of color reveals some visually stunning ways to transform a waterscape. I also enjoyed Tristan Adams’ unique perspective about “tuning” the sound of waterfalls to achieve the effect you’re looking for. Finally, do you often find yourself in search of the perfect koi? Joe Pawlak may have some valuable advice for you.

Happy PONDering

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