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March / April 2024

By Joanne Costin

Published on February 29, 2024

Eight is Great!

And that’s a wrap! We have officially closed the book on the eighth year of our Water Artisans of the Year contest. Now it’s all yours to enjoy —check out the top 2023 water-gardening projects handpicked by our Supreme Stream Court.

Lora Lee Gelles

The POND Trade staff has been very busy behind the scenes preparing for this issue. It’s a bit like Santa’s workshop, where all the elves pitch in to get the job done. Our web editor Joanne stayed very busy promoting the contest. When the entries started coming in, I processed them all by hiding all the personally identifiable information and sending them over to the judges, who did a great job looking at each entry and choosing their favorites. Our editor Jordan then took all the selections and wrote about each winner and runner-up. I love a team effort! Please enjoy the fruits of our efforts and behold the most impressive entries we received this year. You might find it inspiring for your own work or even motivating for you to enter next year’s contest!

But wait, there’s more. This extra-large issue is chock full of great articles to keep you informed and entertained. Our inaugural “Beyond the Pond” segment was a big hit in the last issue, so for this issue, George Janowiak is weighing in (literally) on his pumpkin-growing hobby. Do you have an interesting hobby outside the aquatic realm that you’d like to share? Contact me. You could be featured in a future “Beyond the Pond” segment!

 There is so much beauty to behold in this issue. Suzanne Boom of the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) gives us a rundown of the 2023 New Waterlily Contest results, and this year there are some real stunners. We’ve been covering imported Japanese koi a lot recently, so we are thankful to have Ellen Kloubec provide the upside of sourcing koi domestically. Finally, Eric Triplett is back with tips on how to get your own podcast up and streaming.

Happy PONDering!

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