July / August, 2014

PondTradeMag-Jul-Aug-14Publishers’ Perspective

I know what you are thinking. Wait a minute … who is that person in the excavator?! Do not worry; there is nothing wrong with your glasses. That is indeed your POND Trade Publisher behind the wheel of a Bobcat!

No, I’m not considering a career change. That photo is one of many taken a few weekends ago when POND Trade Editor Peter Celauro and I got to experience the Super Bowl of pond build projects. At the Koi Whisperer Sanctuary in St. Charles, Ill., a dream team of pond professionals from around the globe donated their time, energy and expertise to build the Rolana Tankus Fox Healing Koi Pond. When I wasn’t working (O.K., playing around) in the Bobcat, it was amazing to see all the pieces of this state-of-the-art puzzle come together. And once the final stones were in place, it was wonderful to hear the sweet sounds of altruism as the waterfall began to flow.

If you’re itching to read the story behind this unique, collaborative project, stay tuned; we’ll be running our comprehensive coverage of the build (and the impending christening ceremony) in our November/December issue.

For now, the issue in your hands holds plenty of pond construction goodness to whet your appetite! Cash French explains the amazing effect that “spirit of place” can have on a water feature on page 8, and on page 20 AJ Hetzke demonstrates how pond lighting can create a multi-dimensional experience that enchants viewers around the clock.

Speaking of the clock, Benjamin Timmermans offers a glimpse into the future on page 26 with his fascinating story on drones and pond photography. (Benjamin’s stunning drone photo graces the cover of the issue — and he’s also the one giving me Bobcat instructions in the shot above — so you know he’s great with technology!)

Koi lovers will find plenty of tasty content in this issue as well. Kent Wallace outlines the specific characteristics that distinguish a normal pond from a koi pond on page 46. On page 38, Taro Kodama takes a close look at Hikari Moyo, a koi variety that glimmers with a metallic sheen. And for those readers who prefer flora to fish, page 34 offers an eye-opening glimpse at what can happen when invasive plant species are released into the wild.

While I had a blast in the Bobcat, the real magic of my day at the Koi Whisperer Sanctuary was watching talented people work generously for a wonderful cause. As I’ve published this 
magazine, I’ve come to feel that kindness like theirs is the hallmark of our industry. And in reading this issue, I’m sure you’ll feel it too.

Happy PONDering

High-Altitude Hybridizing

The Five Golden Minutes in Sales

Respecting Life Through Waterscapes

While discussing some routine design plans with a client, Cash French realized that the project they were designing was no ordinary pond renovation. It was a heartfelt tribute to the client’s family — both past members, present loved ones andMore...

Pattern and Sheen: The metallic appeal of Hikari Moyo

It glimmers, it shines, and it’s at the bottom of your pond. No, it’s not a wishing coin thrown in by a naughty neighbor — it’s Hikari Moyo! As marketable as they are beautiful, these patterned koi have a brilliant,More...

More Than Just a Pond

What makes a koi pond a koi pond? (You may be surprised to discover that it’s not just koi.) A true koi pond is designed specifically to accommodate the unique needs of the fish, including dissolved oxygen content, water quality,More...

Photos of the FUTURE: High-tech drones enhance water feature photography

From underwater cameras to shots from space, amazing photography has always relied on amazing technology. And according to Benjamin Timmermans of Liquid Landscapes, the next revolutionary tech innovation is already here! Flying drones are transforming every industry from real estateMore...

A Hobby, Not a Chore: Four critical steps for headache-free water gardening

Water features can bring their owners endless pleasure and relaxation. Of course, they can also become disgusting, stinky cesspools that require hours of labor to maintain. Thankfully, attention to a few key requirements will keep the workload down and theMore...

Make Your Pond Shine with Great Light Design

To many water garden designers, lighting is the lowest item on the priority totem pole. To AJ Hetzke of illuminfx, it’s the difference between a drab water feature you rarely get to enjoy and a mind-altering wonderland that enchants 24/7.More...

Defeating Drought: The many advantages of rainwater harvesting

It glimmers, it shines, and it’s at the bottom of your pond. No, it’s not a wishing coin thrown in by a naughty neighbor — it’s Hikari Moyo! As marketable as they are beautiful, these patterned koi have a brilliant,More...


While they may seem harmless, those unwanted flowers or frogs you’re removing from your pond might be a dangerously invasive species! What’s more: “releasing them to the wild” could create an out-of-control infestation that throws the local ecosystem completely outMore...

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