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    Greater Phoenix Pond Society

    "Pond Happenings"

    April 2004 Newsletter


    Club members and visitors enjoyed wandering around Ted and Susan’s backyard in east Phoenix. There were dozens of exotic birds in aviaries—everything from Macaws to finches. The brickwork around the central gazebo/bar was beautiful. The hosts were quite proud of the recently reworked pond. The EPDM lined pond is approximately 2200 gallons total, consisting of an upper chamber to the pond where 2700 gpm of bio-filtered water wells upward and over a flagstone weir down into the main pond where the fish reside. They had a water lily, cattails and water iris in the upper chamber and a few more around the main pond. There were three waterfalls and 2 fountains that kept the water well aerated for the dozen or so koi that were approaching 18 inches in length. They were all quite colorful and different. A few Sarrassa comets and Shubunkins shared the pond as well. Everybody looked quite happy in the 3-foot deep pond full of crystal clear water. Vice president, Clyde P., took the reins and ran the meeting and raffled the book, Water & Rock Gardening, welcomed some new members and spoke for a while about the upcoming annual pond tour. President, Dan S., gave a presentation on marginal plants and the various roles the plants can play in our ponds: visual screening, focal points, color, fish shelter, mechanical/ biological filtration and nitrate removal. Dan prepared a color display of several marginal varieties that grow in Zone 9 and the list of common names of dozens of marginals by usage class (vertical, fill-in, color, filtration, floating). The list included additional uses for the plants such as edible varieties, those used for holistic medicinal purposes or remedies and attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. Also included were useful websites and suppliers. Dan also described a couple of methods for retrofitting a bog above existing ponds. If you missed the meeting and would like the schematic drawing of the bog, the marginal plants display or the plant list, e-mail Dan at: