January / February 2017

Floating Steps: Feel at One With the Pond

The floating bridge, or steppingstone look, has been popular for some time now in both formal and garden pond designs. Building them in a manner that will stay stable over time isn’t actually that difficult. Floating stone bridges give an appearance of freedom that solid bridges or bridges with railings simply cannot. The feeling of …

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Meet the Winners from the IWGS 2016 International Waterlily Competition

This year, the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) held its annual competition at a new venue — Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Penn. The change comes after Tamara Kilbane at Denver Botanic Gardens passed the torch from her capable hands. The IWGS owes her an enormous debt of gratitude for her work at …

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How Many Koi Can I Have in a Pond?

This seemingly simple question is actually very complicated. Based on size and design, each ecosystem must have its own distinct fish load, water flow rates, oxygen levels, filtration system, the number of aquatic plants, the types of plants involved, feeding schedules, food types, the frequency of water changes and ratios… and the list goes on. …

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Pond Construction | A Lone Star Retreat Built with Trust

When you change an environment, you change a life. Think about it. If you change someone’s environment in a positive way, you make his or her life better — not just for a day or a week, but indefinitely, from then onward. That’s why we, as pond and landscape artists, have an opportunity to touch …

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When Size Matters: Small Contractor, Texas-Sized Water Feature Project

As water feature designers, specifiers and installers, we always get the most gasps. Guests will migrate through the landscape, over the hardscape, day or night, and will always wind up interacting with the water feature. What a joy! This is what building water features is all about. They entertain, enthuse and heal us while giving …

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Frozen Pond Features Allow Year-Round Enjoyment

Most pond owners enjoy their water features on a three-season schedule. It starts with great anticipation in the spring, when the filters and pumps get plugged in. The pond and surrounding landscape proceed to undergo rapid changes through the summer, when plants are flourishing and time spent outdoors is fully maximized. Then suddenly, it’s fall. …

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