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    "Pond Happenings"

    June 2000 Newsletter

    The pond tour is on Saturday, June 10 from 8 am - 2 pm. There are six backyard ponds on the tour (2 in Mesa, 2 in Gilbert, 2 in Chandler).

    The tickets are $5.00 per person and children 12 and under are free. At the April meeting, it was voted to donate 50% of the proceeds to the Gilbert Riparian Institute. There are five east valley nurseries that have agreed to sell tickets to the public beginning June 3. Your ticket should be enclosed with this newsletter. If you did not receive one, please contact Diane immediately at

    Harper's Nursery is promoting our tour on the Saturday morning radio show, "Green Thumb Garden Show" which airs every Saturday from 8 am to 10 am on 960 am. Watch for an article in The Arizona Republic on June 7 and hopefully the tour will also be mentioned in the East Valley Tribune. Because the locations are kind of spread out, allow about 3 hours to complete the tour - it all depends on how much time is spent at each pond. There are some really great ponds on the tour ranging in size from approximately 1600 gallons to 11,000 gallons! We have had meetings at only two of them, so four are never-before-seen! Hope everyone can attend! 

    The May meeting was held in the garden department at a Home Depot store in Mesa. Of course, we had quite the discussion about the upcoming pond tour, then the meeting was turned over to the speaker, Ken Ngo, who helps with the water-gardening at Home Depot and has also built several ponds. It is always interesting to hear of other people's ideas. Ken likes concrete lined ponds. He sometimes designs a stream, which has the water zig-zaging back and forth to aid in filtration. Ken suggested that we think of algae as "vegetables" for the fish and also noted that it provides a cushion so that the fish don't hurt themselves on concrete walls. He discussed pumps and filters and displayed a Beckett filter which Home Depot sells. He also gave us ideas for building our own filters. Ken then answered questions from the members. Pond tour posters and flyers were available to take for distribution. Thanks to everyone who helped with our publicity by posting or mailing!

    We had a good selection of plants and they all found new homes.

    Vickie Y. - Scottsdale 

    Steve and Gary have done a GREAT job on the monthly newsletter for the past year. They have decided that it is time to step down, so we are looking for someone willing to take advantage of this opportunity. Steve and Gary have made it pretty simple by setting it up on a template. The president e-mails most of the articles and they are inserted. Other contributions and an informative article are also inserted. The calendar is updated. The final version is printed and taken to Kinko's for copying. The newsletters are then folded, labeled, stamped and stapled. The next step is to drop them off at a mailbox or post office. Please think seriously about volunteering for this position and contact Dianne at

    Our thoughts go out to Glenn whose wife, Sue passed away on May 18 after a battle with cancer. Glenn and Sue have been faithful long time members of the pond society. They live in Prescott and always made the long drive to the Valley to attend our meetings! Glenn said to let you know that Sue loved her pond and the Pond Society. Please include Glenn and their families in your thoughts and prayers. The pond tour has been dedicated to Sue's memory. She will be greatly missed.