May / June, 2013

PondTradeMag-May-Jun-13Publishers’ Perspective

It’s here! I don’t just mean this exciting May/June issue — I mean SPRING! I live in the Midwest, where April and May can’t come soon enough. While many of our readers hail from warmer climes, those of you who live in snowy states will share my anticipation and excitement for the long-awaited warmer temperatures.

What is it about spring? People’s spirits are lifted, birds are singing — and best of all, ponds are flowing. With that in mind, we have a great spring issue for you that will have you itching to get outside, shake off the winter chill and get PONDering again.

Spring is one of the most beautiful seasons in a pond’s life, so the story that graces the cover of this issue is particularly timely. Benjamin Timmerman provides a wealth of info about taking great pond photography, with tips that will turn an average point-and-shooter into Ansel Adams in no time. Follow Benjamin’s advice, and you might just take the photo that ends up on the cover of our July/August issue!

Of course, no pond photo is complete without gorgeous foliage, and this issue definitely has you covered. Your pond will be brimming with new life after reading John Mark Courtney’s feature on native shoreline perennials.

For many of our readers, ponding is not only a passion but a business as well. If you’re looking for ways to make your aquatic endeavors pay off in new ways this spring, be sure to check out “Small Business, Big Growth” to discover which type of loan will grow your business. Or, if all you need is some fresh creative ideas, look no further than “No Passport Required” to see how to turn a normal backyard into an aquatic wonderland.

Leo Tolstoy once wrote that “spring is the time for plans and projects.” While I’m not sure the novelist paid much attention to koi in his native Russia, the idea certainly holds true for we ponderers. I hope that this issue brings you wisdom and inspiration that carries over into all of your spring ponding endeavors, whatever they may be!

Happy PONDering!

Water Garden Expo: Pondliner hosts a grand event in Shawnee, Okla.

A large crowd of pond folks descended upon the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Okla. in February. Attendees were able to choose from three various seminar tracks to boost their water gardening knowledge. There were many booths toMore...

The Nine-Day Water Garden

Constructing an elaborate water feature can take weeks or months. Aquascape Designs transformed Chicago’s Navy pier into an indoor paradise — complete with man cave, waterfalls and even a piano — in just nine days. Find out how in JenniferMore...

Taisho Sanshoku: Learning the art of Sanke appreciation

Although they’re a challenging variety of koi to breed (and even harder to make money on), Sanke are definitely not difficult to appreciate. Koi expert Taro Kodama of Kodama Koi Farm shares some of the secrets that make this tri-coloredMore...

Small Business, Big Growth: Finding the perfect loan to grow your business

With bank lending to small businesses on the decline, how can a developing pond company raise the capital to grow? In this must- read for any entrepreneur, Robert Gloer of IOU Central explains the various loans that can take yourMore...

Floating like a Waterlily

With a membership that includes lily lovers locked in by snowy weather, the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society took a new approach to their annual symposium in 2013: they traded July talks and tours for a February Caribbean cruise!More...

PONDER This: Project Complete, does your customer know what to do next?

Click! Tips for gorgeous water feature photography

Bad photography makes even the most beautiful water features look dull and dreary. But with the right equipment and a little know-how, breathtaking shots are well within reach. Benjamin Timmermans of Liquid Landscapes offers a wealth of tips for photographsMore...

The Clean Water Mystery: Three keys to maintaining the quality of your water

Clear, clean water can be the difference between an eye-catching pond and an eyesore. But achieving crystal clarity — or at least good water quality — can be a tricky balancing act. Follow these three keys from Damon Roberts andMore...

No Passport Required

Huge boulders, rushing streams and breathtaking waterfalls — right in your backyard? Come along as Jerry Romano shows you how Liquid Designz turned a regular yard into an exotic wonderland, complete with a pond that doubles as a sparkling swimmingMore...

Make a Splash with Native Shoreline Perennials: Maintaining a balanced ecosystem with native plants

No matter how big or small the body of water, plants play an essential role in maintaining good water quality and a healthy, balanced habitat. In this ode to flora that will educate the most seasoned botanist, John Mark CourtneyMore...

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