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Laughing Waters
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01/09/2020 4:49 pm  

Hi everyone! An overall enthusiast of koi ponds and garden ponds for over 20 years. Opened up a design, build and maintenance firm for ponds and water features in Chicago - so you can say I'm a little bit interested in this topic - lol! Hoping to make new friends, learn what creative methods folks are using for their own ponds and maybe offer some maintenance advice if need be.

Excited to be a part of this and I look forward to exploring everybody's ponds - thanks for having me!

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Kristina Hicks-Hamblin
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Joined: 1 year ago
Posts: 8
08/09/2020 5:50 pm  

Hi Laughing Waters, good to have you here! We'd love to see some of the ponds you've designed and installed if you have photos to share! Thanks!


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Nan Schiller
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Joined: 5 years ago
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16/09/2020 3:36 pm  

Welcome, Laughing Waters. It's a pleasure to meet you on Gardener's Path.


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Matt Suwak
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Joined: 3 years ago
Posts: 10
17/09/2020 2:45 pm  

Hey Laughing Waters, glad to have you. I've had a few gross instances where we find frogs caught up in pond motors. It's as unpleasant as it sounds. We've tried boxing out the motor with different mesh counts and consistently seem to have the same issues. These are usually larger ponds, maybe ~700 square feet. Is this something you've encountered? What tips have you got for me?


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Kristine Lofgren
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Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 4
17/09/2020 8:34 pm  
Posted by: @laughingwaters

Hi everyone! An overall enthusiast of koi ponds and garden ponds for over 20 years. Opened up a design, build and maintenance firm for ponds and water features in Chicago - so you can say I'm a little bit interested in this topic - lol! Hoping to make new friends, learn what creative methods folks are using for their own ponds and maybe offer some maintenance advice if need be.

Excited to be a part of this and I look forward to exploring everybody's ponds - thanks for having me!

So glad you've joined us! Can't wait to hear more about your adventures.


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Helga George, PhD
(@helgageorge)
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Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 1
27/09/2020 4:51 am  

Welcome! I have always been fascinated with ponds, but the closest I came was a half wine barrel with a golden rush and water lilies. Reluctantly left it behind when we sold our house. Maybe I can live vicariously through your expertise! 


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Rose Kennedy
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Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 12
27/09/2020 4:15 pm  

Hi Laughing Waters! Just reading that name gives me a boost. My daughter went to school in Chicago and then lived there for four or five years, and I was always fascinated by the smart use of a short growing season and limited space I saw going on there, particularly in the eclectic Oak Park neighborhood. Looking forward to seeing any and all water features you've got!


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