January/February 2015

By Lora Lee Gelles

Published on January 1, 2015

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Happy New Year, PONDerers!! I hope January finds you happy and healthy. While you’ve been busy celebrating, we at POND Trade have been busy hammering out some exciting new changes! 2014 was a great year for POND Trade, but as we dive into a fresh one I can promise you one thing: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

For starters, be sure to jump online and visit our new-and-improved website, www.pondtrademag.com. I took off my publisher’s hat for awhile and helped redesign the site from top to bottom. In addition to your favorite POND Trade articles and photo galleries, you’ll also find a new organization and layout that highlight our content much more elegantly. You can now glide through our website via the top navigation and find many different pond topics under our article category menu: pond life, technology and business trends to name a few. We’ve also added some new features, like the Gallery Spotlight, which showcases our beautiful photography in a large format via an easy-to-use slideshow tool. Visit www.pondtrademag.com/gallery-spotlight to check it out!

As if that weren’t enough, we’ve also added a new section to the site called Contractor’s Corner. It provides an in-depth look at specific real-world pond installations and their challenges. The best part: the content comes from you! If you’ve been involved in a pond installation that might be of interest to our readers, you can submit it for potential publication in Contractor’s Corner by visiting www.pondtrademag.com/tell-us-your-story.

Speaking of fascinating stories, this issue is chock-full of them. In our cover story, Freddie Combas (The Pondman) outlines the elements necessary to create a “Wow!” waterfall installation. On page 8, Patrick Handley shares the unique challenges and rewards of building ponds on the driest inhabited continent on Earth: Australia!

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If flora is more your thing, turn to page 14 to read Paula Biles’ historical account of the king of pond flowers: the Giant Water Lily. You can read Jacklyn Rodman’s historical account of water gardening as a whole on page 21, and there’s some amazing floral eye candy beneath Tamara Kilbane’s report on the IWGS New Waterlily Competition on page 39.

Of course, no pond (or POND Trade) would be complete without a little bacteria, and Kent Wallace delivers the goods in his biofiltration story on page 40. And you can find a fascinating overview of Chicago’s largest koi installation (and the work it takes to maintain it) on page 44.
New year, new website, new stories … but the same old passion for ponds (and reliable information) that you’ve come to expect. Like I said: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Happy PONDering!

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