July/August 2016

Perpetual Pond Passion

In the last issue, I was super excited about “Living the Pond Life” and wrote my column about it. Well, it happened again. I’m not sure how much excitement this publisher can take in one year!

I received an email out of the blue from the gentleman in the photo below, Blake Mullins. Blake is a consulting producer for a Fox reality television show called “Home Free.” I came to find out that one of our own, Tommy Hill, had donated his time and money to some deserving contestants as they competed for a home for the heroes in their lives. I was invited to do a story about Tommy and visit the set [story link here], and I sure did – see what I mean about excitement? What’s next? Will I wake up one morning before the next issue to find a half-acre pond in my backyard that magically appeared overnight? Please turn the pages and read all about this month’s cover boy, Tommy Hill.

1607timwoodOf course, we have plenty of other great articles for you to read. We have two features this month about how to enhance the pond experience using non-aquatic elements. Tim Wood writes about integrating wood materials [story link here], such as driftwood and logs, into water features to add a one-of-a-kind, natural touch. We also need a dedicated place to enjoy the soothing sounds of the pond life. Jim Lewis is here to explain how adding hardscapes to your repertoire [story link here] can make your business a one-stop shop. These guys have some excellent pointers about well-rounded, diversified pond construction.

Aquascape is celebrating a quarter-century in business, and founder Greg Wittstock provides a riveting look back [story link here] at his company’s history to date. Take a trip back in time with Greg, and you might learn a few things that could keep your operation going strong 25 years on. Finally, I really enjoyed Alexander Castro’s rundown of the benefits of offering a personalized [story link here] pond maintenance program. Not only can it fortify your bottom line, but it can help reignite your passion for the pond as a fluid, ever-changing and evolving way of life.

Happy PONDering!

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