February 2001 Newsletter
JANUARY MEETING REVIEW
The hosts, Rich and Ginger W. have a beautiful house and gorgeous backyard. A good portion of two sides of the house are filled with ponds, basins, waterfalls and streams. One area is covered with shade screen which allows plantings of lush shade-loving vegetation. Rich explained that the house is the oldest in Biltmore Estates and was built in the 20's by Mr. Wrigley. This was his residence while he was building the Wrigley mansion! At one time it was also owned by the Miller brewing family. A bomb shelter was originally situated in a part of the yard that now houses the pond system.
The cartetaker, Tom Howdeshell, explained the construction and maintenance of the system. In keeping with our theme of "Inventions, Gadgets and Handy Tools for the Pond Lover", several members brought their own inventions and handy tools. Ron C. demonstrated a tool he designed made from a PVC pipe with a small kitchen strainer screwed to the end. He said Debbie uses it to scoop debris from the pond, to hook things and also uses it to twirl string algae for removal. Bert F. showed his fertilizer tool that he uses for the really deep pots in his pond. It is made from PVC pipe and a broom handle which fits inside ? very ingenious! Brian C. brought a UV light and explained its use and installation. Midge R. told us that she uses a long handled tree pruner to trim the stubborn lily stems when it's too cold to climb in her pond. Dianne E. brought a pair of kitchen shears that she uses for pruning (they don't rust when they get wet) and the old saw that she uses for dividing plants. She also made a fish feeding ring out of the top edge of a black landscape pot, then attached a ring of drip tubing around it to make it float better. She places it in the pond and then puts the fish food in the ring and the food stays in place and doesn't float all over the pond.
We had a great time and went home with some good
ideas! After the meeting we enjoyed Ginger's refreshments and our birthday
NOTE-->10:00am INSTEAD OF 9:00am AGAIN
We are very excited to have scheduled an interesting
speaker with impressive credentials! Sterling Hermann from Desert Water
Gardens in Salt Lake City will give a presentation titled, "The Poetry
of Watergardening". His company specializes in pond construction, maintenance,
seminars, gold fish and they have their own aquatic greenhouse. Sterling
is a Master of Ponds, Master Gardener and has a Bachelors in Aquatic Biology.
He is a member of the National Pond Society, the International Water Lily
Society and the American Gold Fish Society. He will be in town for about
four days and would love to see other members ponds. If you are interested
in showing your pond, please contact Dianne. It should be a great meeting
? hope to see you there! As usual, please be sure to bring your lawn chairs
and any plants to share.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Clint M. - Scottsdale
Dr. & Mrs. Michael S. ? Anthem
2001 POND TOUR
At the January meeting, six members volunteered
their ponds for the tour in June. (Thanks go to those six!!) The only problem
is that 2 are in Phoenix, 2 are in North Scottsdale and 2 are in the Ahwatukee/Tempe
area ? pretty spread out! So, we still need more ponds! We have lots of
members, therefore, lots of ponds. PLEASE help make the tour a success
and volunteer YOUR pond! It doesn't have to be big and fancy ? the small
ponds are just as wonderful and are a great addition to the tour. We don't
want the tour visitors to think that small ponds can't be built! We are
also looking for someone to be chairman and anyone else that can help out
? publicity, advertising, etc. Contact Dianne (our group's President) TODAY!!