May / June 2023

May / June 2023

By Lora Lee Gelles

Published on April 28, 2023

Sn­­akes on a Plane? No — snakes on the cover of the May / June POND Trade issue! Full disclosure: I am deathly afraid of “my nemesis” (yes, snakes), but seeing that you can find them in yards on every continent except for Antarctica, it’s a really important topic to get across to our readers. Let me tell you how this all came about.

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I attended the Atlantic Professional Conference last fall, and I found myself chatting with Chad Smith from Water in Motion. He told me that his daughter was bitten by a venomous snake while at a friend’s house. They raced to the emergency room, where things did not go well. The first hospital did not handle snakebites well, and her condition quickly went from bad to worse. They finally went to the Texas Children’s Hospital, where they had the good fortune to get treatment from Dr. Spencer Greene, an authority on snakebites. As his daughter’s condition improved, Chad was so impressed with the care that Dr. Greene provided. I mentioned to Chad that I was looking to run an article about snakes, and he shared Dr. Greene’s contact info. I reached out, and Dr. Greene delivered. We are overjoyed to present to you a fabulous article about these slithering creatures.

Once you get past the “snake shock,” be sure to check out our other wonderful features this issue. For our pond construction segment, we travel north of the border to the Ontario-Quebec line and a beautiful, natural-looking pond built amid a rough terrain. We’re also thrilled to welcome back two of our regular contributors, Kelly Billing and Larry Carnes, for a collaborative article about choosing the best aquatic plants for your pond’s environment . Finally, don’t miss Water Artisan of the Year winner Jonathan Marston’s informative article on sustainable water-gardening systems to curb the nasty effects of drought.

Happy PONDering!

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