Austin Pond Society 2014 Tour

2014tourlogo50.pngANNUAL POND TOUR - Links to Ripples - Images and Videos by Francis

Use the links below to view videos of all of the ponds.Be patient as it is a big file and takes about 25 seconds or so to load.

The Austin Pond Society held its 2014 Annual Pond Tour on the weekend of June 7, 8 with nine ponds on the south side showing on Saturday and eleven on the North side showing on Sunday. There were also two ponds that showed Saturday night, one of which was also on the day tour.

The ponds ranged in size from very big which were the Sun City Commemorative pond in Georgetown and the other was the Dell Children's Medical Center. Both of these ponds were probably a little less than an acre in size.

The reverse of that was a small pond in Cedar Park which was about 300 gallons, very small indeed. The contrast in size and obviously styles, is a great example that a pond does not have to be very big to be a thing of beauty. The small pond was set off by a wonderfully well-kept yard.

Other than the obvious size differences, all of the ponds and gardens had their own characteristics. Some were above ground, others had large waterfalls and streams. Yet others were uniquely decorated with statues and other items of interest. One was surrounded by model houses complete with miniature furniture and little people waving† to welcome you in. Another pond also served as a rainwater collection system and was very uniquely engineered. One even had a live parrot perched in the tree above the pond who seemed to enjoy all of the attention he got.

I visited every pond as Editor of the Ripples, our on-line newsletter for the Pond Society.† I filmed and then edited twenty-three videos and took enough images for the same number of slide shows and put them into this publication with a write up of each of them. The write ups are from the Pond Tour Program by Karl Tinsley. Thanks Karl for letting me use your work.

To watch the entire program of all twenty ponds and the night pond in a page by page format with links to each of the videos and slide shows separate for each pond, use the following link,

Ripples Publication June 2014
or copy this link into your browser

Preceding the Annual Tour by a week and included in the Ripples, was the Annual SPLASH! Party which Jeannie Ferrier and Steven Monfrini very graciously hosted for the second year in a row. The event is for the owners and volunteers to get to meet and know each other before the Tour and also for everyone to be clued in to the way things needed to be done. Karl Tinsley, as the Head Honcho of the tour, spent some time with the explanations and answered the questions from the members. The party was a huge success and was well attended. It was also Jeannie Ferrier, APS President's birthday celebrated by all with a slice of cake. Happy Birthday, Jeannie. Incidentally, the food for the party was supplied by one of our sponsors La Familia. Thank you for such a scrumptious meal, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Also included in this version of the Ripples, is a write-up the first ever Sponsor Night dedicated to all of the wonderful sponsors of the Pond Society and the Pond Tour.† Those sponsors that were able to attend each had five minutes to talk to the assembled audience and had a booth where they were able to sell their wares and give out information.

The evening was a huge success setting it as an annual event. The tour itself was also very successful as the weather cooperated enough even though we had a couple of brief showers. At least it was much cooler than in previous years. From my observations, the owners all enjoyed being on the tour and most were relaxed enough around the camera (especially the parrot who hammed it up every time a camera was pointed at him).

Enjoy the videos and slide shows. Just click on the link below.

2014 Tour a Big Success!
2014tourlogo50.pngThe 2014 Pond Tour was a great success! Everyone - visitors and owners alike - seemed to be having a wonderful time at each of the ponds. Be sure to come to our next Austin Pond Society meeting, June 16, 2014, at the Zilker Garden Center, to see pictures taken by the club photographer and to discuss your experiences on the tour. We'll be doing a pot luck, so bring a dish if you are able! Keep an eye out here for a more extensive write-up about the tour. †Thanks again to the pond owners, pond tour visitors, and tour organizers for another job well done!
20 Years of Giving

The Austin Pond Society: 20 Years of GivingImage

By BJ Jenkins

It would seem that the pond and garden tour sponsored by the Austin Pond Society would be all about water features, lilies and fish. On the surface, it is. But if you were to ask board members why itís important that the tour be successful, they would reply that it enables a donation to the organization selected as that yearís beneficiary.

For 20 years a portion of the proceeds from the Austin Pond Tour has been given to a group selected by the board and the membership. Monetary contributions have gone to a wide variety of recipients. The APS has supported KLRU in the form of a donation to The Central Texas Gardener, which graciously spotlights the tour each year. The APS is also grateful for its association with the Zilker Botanical Garden and has helped with funding repairs of the Lotus Pond and the Rose Garden Pond.†††††††

The APS has also made contributions to community organizations that donít have a direct connection to ponds and gardens. For instance, The Wright House offers care and compassion to those with chronic illnesses; SafePlace provides support and sanctuary for women who have experienced domestic violence; Down Home Ranch, in Elgin, is a non-profit working farm and ranch for people with special needs and those who share their lives. TherapyWorks rehabilitates horses that have been abused and pairs them with abused children to begin the healing process for both; Marbridge is a private alternative to group homes for mentally challenged adults.

After the fire that devastated Bastrop County, a contribution was made to Bastrop State Park. That same year a donation from the APS was given to the Austin Independent School Districtís Media Center for the purchase of materials related to ponding. Two years ago, Gus Garcia Middle School, Perez Elementary, Ridgetop Elementary and Williams Elementary were awarded grants to expand science programs that make use of ponds and native plants. Many other schools have been given koi, water plants and been visited whenever pond advice is needed.

But the APS is hands-on as well, having donated time and effort in actually rebuilding and cleaning ponds at various facilities throughout the Austin area. Besides volunteering during the resealing of the ponds at Zilker Park, members help maintain the pond outside the Zilker Garden Center each month during spring and summer. Members made several trips to Elgin last year to completely rebuild the two ponds at Down Home Ranch, and each spring members participate in an annual pond cleanup there. The APS also gave the ranch a new pond vacuum and plenty of koi.

Recently, 15 members of the Pond Society participated in a fish rescue at one memberís pond and took about 50 goldfish to the ponds at Dell Childrenís Medical Center. This began a dialogue that resulted in the selection of the Healing Garden within the Medical Center as the beneficiary for the 2014 tour. This garden and pond, which is reserved as a sanctuary for young patients and their families and not generally open to the public, can be visited during the Sunday morning hours as part of this yearís tour.

The members of the Austin Pond Society are all looking forward to the tour on June 7 and 8. This year, they will be celebrating 20 years of serene ponds, lovely water lilies, and jewel-like koi; but most important, they will be celebrating 20 years of giving.

2014 Board Changes

If you've been at the last couple of meetings, you know that we've had some changes to the board. We'd like to welcome Barb Lenhart as our new programs person, and Betty Blackson as our librarian. Nancy Reinert has stepped up to fill the treasurer position. Thanks everyone for your patience as we went through the nomination/election process for these changes.†

2014 Board

President - Jeannie Ferrier
Treasurer - Nancy Reinert
Secretary - Julienne Smith
Programs - Barb Lenhart
Special Events - Vacant
Publicity - BJ Jenkins
Editor - Frank Allcorn
Photographer/Historian - Glen Hubenthal
Pond Tour/Webmaster - Karl Tinsley
Membership - Darren Bayhi
Hospitality - Laura Creaser
Parliamentarian - John O'Sullivan
AAGC Representative - Steve Blackson
Librarian - Betty Blackson†
Since the original posting of the elected Board members, Linda Tinsley has resigned from her position as Special Events Coordinator due to work pressures. The President, Jeannie Ferrier, has appointed Sonja O'Sullivan to fill the role.




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