Would You Like to Be on the Pond Tour This Year?
The pond tour committee is currently looking for ponds for this year's tour (June 7th and 8th)! Being on the tour is a blast - you get to show off and talk about your pond, plants, fish, and other favorite subjects with folks who are genuinely interested. If you've ever thought that it might be fun to be on the tour, here's your chance! The committee needs to select 20 ponds by the middle of April (that's not very far away), so we need to hear from you as soon as possible, even if you're just thinking about being on the tour!
Here are some answers to a few questions/concerns you might have:
My pond's not very big or fancy. In fact, I built it myself! You only want the big, professionally built ponds, right?
Not at all! We were recently told by one of the water garden vendors that many of their customers have said that although the fancier ponds were impressive, they were more interested in the smaller, simpler ponds that they could build and maintain themselves. Each year, we want to make sure that we have plenty of all sorts of ponds. Don't worry about whether your pond is "up to standard." If you like it, others will too!
You don't want my pond on the tour - the plants and the fish are all dormant. It's really not much to look at.
All of our ponds look like that right now! We've got enough experience with ponds to recognize the beauty the spring and summer will bring. If you have some pictures of your pond in the summer, that would help, but it's not required.
My yard's a mess! I would be embarrassed to let anyone see it.
It's true that you'll want to have your yard and gardens looking their best for the tour, but that doesn't mean they have to look like Zilker. Just like your pond, your yard does not look its best this time of year, and we understand that. When the tour representative visits your pond, he or she will be evaluating it primarily on safety and legal issues. Of course, if you have some pictures to show off, we'd love to see them!
What about liability? I'm worried that someone might get injured and sue me!
The Austin Pond Society purchases event insurance for the pond tour. All the ponds on the tour are covered. This is one of the reasons why owners with ponds on the tour must be members of the Austin Pond Society - it's a stipulation of the insurance policy.
I'm interested in being on the tour! What do I do next?