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    "Pond Happenings"

    July 2001 Newsletter


    Normally, we try to hold our July meeting indoors due to the high summer temperature.

    This year, we have been invited to meet at a pond in hopes of seeing some lotus blooms.  We will meet earlier in an effort to beat the heat. 

    The meeting will be held on Saturday, July 14th at 8:00am, in Scottsdale, near 68th St., between Camelback and Indian School Roads. The backyard has lots of shade trees and a 60,000 gallon pond! There are over 100 lilies in the pond and most are from the south of France. There are about 60 beautiful koi. There is even a small wooden dock in the pond with a row boat tied to it! The pond is currently having a green water problem, so a bog area was recently added to help in the filtration. The bog is where the three lotus are planted along with quite a few rare plants. 

    Grant R. is the pond caretaker/landscaper and also our speaker. He is quite successful with lotus in his own pond and is going to fill us in on the secrets. He also enjoys hybridizing water lilies. He is hoping to have a Victoria lily in the pond by the time of our meeting! 

    Please be sure to bring your lawn chairs and any extra plants to share. 

    We need a volunteer or two to bring refreshments - beverage and cookies would be fine. Please contact Dianne ( to volunteer.

    Pond Tour Review

    Another successful pond tour!

    It was a HOT day, so it was wonderful to see so many brave people attend our tour. We sold 575 tickets ? 220 more than last year! The hosts were great and seemed to be having a good time. They were all probably exhausted by the end of the day! There were lots of nice compliments about the ponds and also the hosts.

    Thankfully, we received some good publicity, too. There was a nice article with photos in the Arizona Republic on the Wednesday before the tour. We were also mentioned in the newspaper on Thursday and Friday. Brad J. did a fantastic job promoting the tour on the Green Thumb Garden Show two Saturdays in a row. We were also mentioned in the Phoenix Magazine, the Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine and the Scottsdale Life Magazine. 

    As of print time, we have gained 19 new members from the tour. After deducting expenses, and before our donation to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, the tour brought in $2,449.69!!!