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    "Pond Happenings"

    September 1999 Newsletter

    September Meeting 
    Instead of a meeting in September, we have the opportunity to visit the The Tucson Watergardners Water Garden Tour '99. It is being held on September 11th from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is a self-driven tour and there are 6 ponds to see including liner, concrete, preformed and container water gardens. The cost is $6.00 per person and children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at 6 different nurseries in Tucson. The nursery that is easiest to get to from I-10 is Rillito Nursery at 6303 N. La Cholla (520) 575-0995. Take I-10 to the Orange Grove exit, head east and go 2 miles to La Cholla, turn south and look for the number. It is by a Texaco Station.

    On August 14 we visited the Desert Botanical Garden to listen to Kevin Smith, the pond keeper, and also see the pond at the Garden. Kevin began by giving us a brief overview of the riparian area and a basic description of the pond construction and flora and fauna. He answered questions before leading the members down to the pond for inspection. Luckily, we had a cloudy day, so the tour was not as hot as it could of been. The pond was much larger than I had imagined - about 80,000 gallons! It has lots of cattails in it and is stocked with native pupfish. Kevin said that it keeps him busy and I can see why! We were privileged to have a green heron land at the pond and stay for a while so that we could observe him. There were also several large dragonflies showing off their acrobatics - The favorite was the fushia-colored one. After some time at the pond, we went back to the auditorium and took care of the business end of the meeting. There were lots of plants to share and they all disappeared! Thanks go to Ron & Debbie C. who supplied the refreshments. I have had a couple of requests for a company or individual that will do pond maintenance - pruning, dividing, etc.. If you are aware of anyone that does this, please contact me with their name and phone number. The meeting on October 9 will be held at the Lilly Pond in Phoenix. A volunteer is needed to bring refreshments - nothing fancy, just a beverage and snack. Please call me.

    Things to think about: 
    1). Meeting ideas and suggestions for next year - I need all the help that I can get! 
    2). Running for an office in November - Our vice president, Tom H., has decided to relinquish his office when the elections are held so we will need to elect a new vice president. 
    3). Having your pond on our tour in May or June. 
    4). Your favorite side dish or desert recipe for the November potluck. 

    Since GPPS was unable to have a pond tour this year, I'm anxious to attend the tour in Tucson. I always like to see other ponds. If you have any questions about the tour, please don't hesitate to call me.

    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS - We now have 50 family memberships!

    Larry & Susan J. - Scottsdale