Parade of Ponds Tour Descriptions From 2006
With a saltwater reef tank at work and a koi pond at home the passion for
the underwater world knows no bounds for the Dixons. This koi pond has a 4’ wide stream that crashes 11,500
gallons per hour into a 14’ x’18’ pond. We have a 3’ wide koi fish cavern in the bottom of this 3’+ deep pond,
with what I am calling a "Belly of the Dragon" reverse flow system underneath the deck that cantilevers over the
pond. This koi pond also houses a couple of Diamond Back Terrapin turtles. You’ll want to kiss em!
When we met the Terleps their backyard was just dirt, and now the yard is
maturing quite nicely. With double waterfalls and streams spilling into the 11’ x 16’ water garden koi pond it
makes for an interesting focal point on the property.
Pond One: Planning a water feature for years, Le did her homework
before she took the plunge into water gardening. After attending a speaking engagement on ecosystem ponds at
a Local Horticulture Society, visiting several homes on a summer Parade of Ponds Tour and watching a Build A
Pond Day she was ready to TalkPonds. Visit this lovely "Tranquility Pond" houses some small koi and is
strategically placed by her front door for curb appeal. Now I’m sure Le spends more time in the front yard
gardening than the backyard, so she is planning on a larger water garden for the back property.
Pond Two: The front yard koi pond wasn’t nearly big enough and
was just a way for Le to get her feet wet in water gardening. Wait till you see what she did in her backyard!
An 11’ x 16’ koi pond with 15 feet or more of swim stream with a rock step across pathway that crosses the
stream and plenty, and I mean plenty of waterfalls!
Pond One: The first water garden koi pond that we build on the
property was not the Brancatos first! You see Tony has been fascinated by water gardens and koi ponds for
years. This is the first professional koi pond that Tony had installed on the property
Pond Two: Koi Pond two was the too much is never enough I think
I’ll build another koi pond and Do It Myself phase of the property. We already have plans to join the two
water features together in 2007.
Pond Three: Since Tony is always outside working on the property,
his wife Barbara and he decided to build a little Pondless Waterfall in the front of the home to add a little
curb appeal to the property and bring the sound of water to the front of the home as well. These aren’t even
the first steps of many more to come.
The aviaries nearby this water garden koi pond lend the sounds
of tropical birds to help complete the illusions of an island retreat. Caution: visiting this koi
pond will motivate you to want to create your own backyard paradise. Within the last year this koi
pond has had a complete makeover. The koi pond was made larger! It used to be an 11’ x 16’ pond
with a small waterfall. Now it is every bit of 16’ x 21’ with a larger waterfall. Well worth the
trip to highland!
Is bigger always better? It was in this case! The Masons figured
out that they were going to outgrow the koi pond before it was even built. So the koi pond was
redesigned to reduce as much grass in the backyard as possible. Multiple waterfalls and more than
30’ of streams now meander through the property to the 16’ x 21’ pond, which is the backyard’s
focal point for all to enjoy.
A Pondless Waterfall, spa, and a barbeque in my opinion, is
just what the doctor ordered. This Pondless Waterfall was constructed in one day. Amy leaves for
work and comes home to a transformed backyard. Two waterfalls are set on a mild slope in the backyard
and converge together and cascade into the Pondless basin right next to the patio.
This nearly 14’ x 18’ water garden koi pond, with 15’ to 20’
of stream, was constructed next to an exterior living area to serve as the visual highlight of the
entire backyard. Large accent boulders frame this pond. Dual waterfall filters are tucked behind
the hedges to create an excellent illusion. The sound of water attracts a wonderful array of birds
and butterflies, while it relaxes and reinvigorates all who visit.
Sims Tree Learning Center
This is a fantastic place to stop on this year’s water garden
koi pond tour. Not only will you find two ponds on this property, but you will also see several
different wonderful gardens, rare palms, cycads, fruit trees and even draft horses.
Pond One: This pond is a small Tranquility Pond that
is no bigger that a 5’ x 7’ with a small hillside stream that has lots of bag for the dollar.
The sweet sound of the waterfall can be heard throughout the main office.
Pond Two: This is an 11’ x 16’ koi pond that houses
mostly goldfish with a small meandering stream that is in a conservatory greenhouse setting.
You will be introduce to a wide variety of exotic plants that you will not find anywhere else
Arrowhead Christian Academy
This Pondless® Waterfall was installed as a Ponds 4 Kids
event on February 10th, 2006 in a memorial garden named Nate’s Place. A special thanks goes
out to Laurie Hicok for spearheading the development and construction planning of "Nate’s Place",
this memorial garden to honor Nathen Heavilin, a student of ACA, that was killed by a drunk driver
on February 10th, 1983. Nate was only 17 years young, born on December 25th, Christmas Day, 1965.
A boulder-style waterfall turns into a swim stream that leads
under an arched cement bridge to an 11x16 water garden koi pond butted up against a patio – it makes
a great setting for backyard entertainment. Visit these wonderful koi fish some traveling from
Japan to live here with the Aubuts!
Bracken Bird Farm
The lush plant life and exotic birds surrounding these two water
garden koi ponds contribute to the rainforest feel of this enclosure. Close your eyes and let the sounds
carry you South
Under this water garden koi pond is just a memory of the pond that
started the Crums off in the wonderful world of water gardening! Yes we ripped out the old and dropped
in the new. This was a special pond for us to install. About the time we first started building ponds
the Crums fell into water gardening. With little to no resources at the time they tackled the pond
construction themselves and I must say did an outstanding job. Over the years they watched our pond
construction company grow. When a dog punctured a hole in their pond liner that wasn’t UVB protected,
they consulted with our company Exotic Aquatics. To our delight the Crums decided to fully update their
pond with the latest and the greatest back to nature eco-system technology and hired us to rebuild their
pond. It was a great pleasure to build this pond for the Crums.
This 11’ x 16’ pond, with its spilt boulder-style waterfalls,
was the location of a community Build-A-Pond Day event in 2003 and houses several Japanese Koi. With
freshly planted grass, a wood deck and a new B-B-Q, why leave home -- other than to attend a baseball
game in Anaheim to support the Angels!
The home of two wonderful artists! Complementing both each other
and their yard with art, to create a setting that is both elegant and romantic. You will find couples
holding hands (who normally don’t!), because of the special ambiance that this great backyard gives off.
This home was featured in Romantic Homes Magazine, twice! Stop by to see this wonderful watergarden
Exotic Aquatics Headquarters
We have a small, but fantastic Japanese Water Garden display with
which I can assure you that everyone will fall in love. We even consulted with a Japanese garden expert
to ensure complete authenticity! It will blow you away! While you are here, take a behind-the-scenes tour
of our offices and warehouse. Of course, this pond is a stop on our 365 Pond Tour. Stop in to see the
New Russell Watergarden Hybrid Koi Pond Kits and equipment for pond construction.
This koi pond is a larger feature approximately 14’ x 18’ in size
with dual skimmers and three waterfall filter boxes that are curved in an outer radius. The falls can
be viewed from the private spa enclosure , patio and the house because of the configuration of the waterfall
A 25’ long Pondless Waterfall with a 3’ wide waterfall and stream is
an eye-catcher in the front yard of this property. The Pondless Waterfall is becoming extremely popular
because you can have the sights and sounds of water in your front yard without the liability of the pond!
The pondless waterfall turns into a stream that runs directly at the street and then disappears into a
basin that turns into a dry creek bed. Pondless waterfall + front yard – liability = curb appeal.
This was a fun project working with multiple contractors on one project
transforming a boring backyard literally into a backyard oasis. We worked with both Leroy’s Landscape Services
and Inland Landscape in this backyard transformation. Here are the details; A large hillside waterfall and
stream spilling into a 16’ x 21’ water garden koi pond, a refreshing new pool, sexy nightscape lighting,
killer stamped concrete and a built in B-B-Q. Must we say more?
Hoss Sr. Residence
Pond One: Visit one of the favorite water garden koi pond tour
stops year after year! These former, long-time residences of Forest Falls were reluctant to move to their
current address until we promised them waterfalls. A 2,500-gallon pond, with two 6’ waterfalls, provides
the refreshing focal point of this beautifully landscaped, backyard resort crafted by Debbie and John Hoss.
Their naturally balanced 16’ x 20’ koi pond, and how it recreated a mountain oasis in the midst of city life,
were featured in Aquascape Lifestyles Magazine
Pond Two: Main entry waterfalls out aren’t just for fancy hotels
anymore. Waterfalls are being added to front yard landscapes to create amazing curb appeal! It doesn’t hurt
that the Hoss’ have inside connections with The Pond Diggers™!
Here is another tribute to Forest Falls in Redlands. This is a backyard
paradise, with its water garden reminiscent of a small mountain waterfall shaded a restful pine trees. This is
home to a dedicated artist that demands the sound of water while creating works of art. Connie and Charlie have
been on the water garden koi pond tours since the very beginning. They’re practically family!
This is the winner of the Inaugural, "Parade of Ponds", Water Garden Koi
Pond Kit Giveaway and are big Angel fans. The homeowners are glad they didn’t follow their initial inclination
to sell the Pro-Pond Ecosystem kit they won, because the pond is now integral to their lives. All of the fish
have names! Koi Pond parties have surpassed pool parties as the "cool" thing to do. Look to see if you can
spot the fish cavern in the pond!
Lois Lauer Century 21
This Pondless® Waterfall was built in a Build A Pondless Waterfall Day construction
seminar on November 12th, 2005. We had a good turn out that day and built this great feature in only five hours! This
Pond-Free feature has a 2’ tall waterfall and a 20’ long meandering stream that disappears just before the side
walk. Stop by and see this feature anytime on our 365 Pond Tour!
Toddler-safe fencing encloses a beautifully re-landscaped pond. At this water garden
koi pond stop you will see an 11’ x 16’ pond with a 10’ stream with a nice turn and a multi-tiered waterfall.
Those of you who have seen this water garden before will want to see how it has grown and evolved.
This is another must-see tour highlight! Wanting to block out freeway noise, the
homeowner took advantage of his slope by having Exotic Aquatics build a 15’ waterfall, which creates a soothing and
calming cascade of water into a 4,000-gallon pond. Mission not only possible, but successful! The white sound of the
water spilling into this koi pond makes one ask, "What noise, where?"
Redlands High School
This Ponds 4 Kids event was something special! We build this great
Pondless® Waterfall in only five short hours with a group of severely handicapped kids! I was so inspired
by how hard this group of kids worked that I made a special trip back to our headquarters to grab company
t-shirts for everyone that was working their tails off because I seriously felt like they were part of our
This backyard is just a gem. It is landscaped with a handful of mature trees,
a deck, hot tub and of course a great pond! This water feature is equipped with the latest technology in water
gardening and koi pond construction. We have a Hydro Vortex™ waterfall filter unit with a backflushing system
and two Hydro Clean Skimmers™ on this pond. We have installed two skimmers on this koi pond because of the large
trees that surround the feature.
That’s right Matt and Tanya were the winners of the Pond Kit Giveaway! I
must say I was blown away when I called to check Mid-September to see if they had started the installation
process yet and they said it was completed already. What a pleasure to have them on our Moonlight Pond Tour!
Remember, they only won the pond kit in July 2005!
According to the homeowner, "I’d rather do anything than mow a lawn!"
Thus, a water garden koi pond was born. Who needs barren dirt, wants to mow expanses of lawn, or hassle with
weeds when the attractive alternative is musical waterfalls, meandering streams and a crystal clear, serene
pond with sparkling fish and lush aquatic plants!
This Pondless® Waterfall is just over a month old. The landscaping has
yet to mature but you will obviously be able to keep your eyes on this feature throughout the year since it is
located right on Outer Hwy 10. Stone Solutions is on our 365 Pond Tour. Stop in to check out the amazing
selection of granite while you are there.
The Togashis may very well be the first people in the Inland Empire to
have a koi pond that features the revolutionary Hydro Vortex ™ hybrid koi pond filter. This is a great pond
that we had a blast building on Kim’s birthday this year. The koi pond is young but was built around a
beautiful green lace leaf Japanese maple tree. Another interesting thing about this water feature is that
it is tucked into a small courtyard in the front of the property
Pond One: This 17’ x 30’ koi pond, with a 45’ long swim stream,
has multiple waterfalls that are situated on either side of a Victorian-style white gazebo. Step across a
bridge leading to the gazebo, which is shaded by an expansive canopy of a mature cedar fronting the historic
home built in 1888.
Pond Two: This water feature isn’t even completed as we finish
this pond tour booklet for print. So here is my latest fun project. A small pond with bog areas designed
with large specimen boulders, filled with reverse osmosis water so that I can grow exotic carnivorous plants
in it! That’s all I’m gonna say! You gotta come and see it!
The Yegges have been planning this koi pond for years! Several years
ago the backyard was basically unusable. After intense planning the entire back slope has been terraced,
leaving room for a fairly elaborate koi pond. Land bridges, multiple waterfalls, multiple level viewing
areas, a double bottom koi pond, unusual stone trucked in from Arizona, an up-flow Belly of the Dragon water
circulation system and great tropical plantings take you to another world. I hope without hurting anyone’s
feelings I can say, "You better not miss this pond stop this year!"
If you’ll notice form the exterior, this water garden koi pond is centered
in front of a large bay of windows. When company comes to visit the Beltz family the first thing they see when
they step into the house is a beautiful view of their water feature. This is one of our rare customers that
actually arranged to have a small koi pond installed and then upsized the koi pond right before construction
began. They seriously saved some cash because 28% of our customer base actually rebuilt their ponds one time
or another because water gardens are so much fun!
Pond One: At the top of a slope on the back of the property this
16’ x 21’ koi pond with a large waterfall, land bridge, stream, dual fire pits, and large specimen boulders is
a secret destination point.
Pondless Two: We have a waterfall spilling down a 45 degree slope
into a Pondless® Basin. I’ll tell you, this waterfall is a sight to see coming off this slope. There is at
least eight or nine different spillways.
Pond One: The owner of Leroy’s landscape, decided that a water garden
koi pond and waterfall at work just wasn’t enough, he wanted to come home to a waterfall and koi pond too, so we
built an 8’ x 11’ water garden koi pond with a two-tiered waterfall in his front yard that houses goldfish
Pond Two: I warn beginners that this hobby can be extremely addicting,
but most ignore me as if I’m joking. The funny thing is; both the water garden koi pond at work and the koi pond
in his front yard still wasn’t enough! Leroy now has three ponds because he decided to put another 8’ x 11’ koi
pond with two waterfalls in his backyard where he spends most of his time.
I hate to sound like a broken record BUT, 28% of our companies pond construction
in 2005 was remodels. This hybrid koi pond has just recently been updated with the latest and greatest in
koi pond biological waterfall filtration technology. The Kings were so excited about the Hydro Vortex waterfall
filter and Hydro Clean Skimmer that when we planned to upgrade their filtration they decided to have us redo the
entire koi pond while we were at it. The hybrid koi pond is approximately 25% larger than it use to be.
LeRoy’s Landscape Services
Look for the pond’s multiple falls, which were designed to be visible from
Yucaipa Boulevard. During an Advanced Waterfall Construction Seminar held last year, this waterfall was redesigned
(possibly an understatement) to be 6’-tall x 6’-wide -- need we say more? The plants are maturing quite nice.
If you don’t already drive by this water garden koi pond daily then I suggest that you stop by soon.
Pond One: On June 4, 2005, we built this water feature during a
community Build-A-Pond Day. The event was significant for Exotic Aquatics because it marked our five-year
anniversary of presenting these Build-A-Pond Days. Our inaugural one was conducted at Newell Nurseries in
2000. That original water feature was dismantled when the nurseries' parking lot was enlarged. The
new 10’ x 14’ water garden koi pond features a double-wide waterfall with an 8’ stream, and is located
adjacent to the store’s new English-style greenhouse. Newell Nurseries feature 4.5 acres of acclimatized
nursery stock, plus distinctive giftware.
Pondless Two: This cute Pondless® Waterfall is on a completely
flat grade butted up next to a greenhouse. With only a small 16" tall waterfall it give the effect of a
living stream rather than waterfalls. It proves you don’t need a tall waterfall to have the sound of water.
Driving past the large waterfall, water garden koi pond display at
LeRoy’s Landscape Services on Yucaipa Boulevard on her way to and from work each day impressed upon Rose
Rudh that a water feature was in her future. Her new Pondless® Waterfall has brought her front yard to
life with the sound of water. The waterfall starts at the top of her driveway and disappears into a
Pondless® basin by her mailbox. Even the mail carrier thanked us when we completed the project because now
she, too, has something nice to look forward to during her workday. As we like to say, "Everyone wants a
water feature; they just don’t know it yet!"
This 14’ x 18’ water garden koi pond has multiple waterfalls and a
meandering stream. This couple of "Do it yourselfers" attended several Build A Pond Day seminars before
deciding to have it installed professionally, and couldn’t be happier. The koi fish at the Sedivy residence
have been saved from falling prey to the mighty Blue Heron by the installation of fish caves in their koi
pond and using a Scarecrow motion sensor that sprays water at unwanted predators with two legs, or four legs!
For information on the electrical curves for fountain pumps and their relativity to head pressure we have reviewed
several different flow charts at one of our pond partners location.
Jurupa Mountain Cultural Center
A two-foot waterfall spills into an upper catch basin, than streams along
in this water feature that was created at a Build-A-Pond Day held in May 2003 during the center’s Green Faire.
Stop by to see the friendly Red Eared Slider Turtles.