If there was one thing the judges agreed upon unanimously, it was that this year’s competition was wildly impressive, and not all decisions came easily. In a couple of cases, a category winner edged out his competition by just one vote. Here are the runners-up in each of our five categories.
You might see a couple of familiar names. On behalf of POND Trade, I’d like to thank
each and every contractor who submitted an entry this year. I’m proud that we raised more than $1,300 for a worthwhile cause — the Wounded Warrior Project.
Do you have what it takes to be a Water Artisan of the Year? Start keeping track of your best work, because all projects completed before Nov. 1, 2017, will be considered eligible for next year’s contest.
Below are the Runners-Up:
Best Overall | Brian Buchholtz
Brian Bucholtz’swaterfall and koi pond can be reached at the end of a custom-built, descending walkway on a long, narrow, tree-covered property outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This destination water feature is virtually invisible from the street and adjacent properties, providing the homeowner with a private retreat and a place of solace.
Best Pondless | Josiah Crousore
A rainwater-harvesting, pondless feature is equipped with an energy-efficient Mag-Drive pump, 18 reservoir cubes for water storage, granite boulders from Minnesota and wildlife-friendly, native plantings in the rain garden that are fed by the overflow.
Best Waterfall | Bobby Kenyon
This project included a large ecosystem pond with a small wetland filter, two bubbling urn fountains and built-in stepping stones. The zero-edge waterfall leads to a stream that flows underneath a large, natural stone bridge, terminating at the grand falls. The breathtaking, multiple-tiered waterfall then disappears into a pondless waterfall basin, where water is filtered and recycled.
Most Naturalistic | Tim Wood
Pulling from his expertise in natural lake management, Tim Wood designed this feature with timelessness in mind, going for a naturalistic look that could have existed in centuries past, or 100 years in the future. All wood accents and boulders — some covered in local moss — were harvested from the property, enhancing its enduring essence.
Best Renovation | John Adams
Two separate features were torn out completely to create one massive pondless feature, including a 3,000-gallon reservoir at the bottom to give the impression that the lower pond is fed by the top waterfall. A second reservoir was built partway up the feature to feed the top waterfall, with multiple, small cascades integrated to add flow volume on the way down.