Colorado’s Parade of Ponds provides inspiration for creating your own water garden and raises funds for nonprofit organizations in the process.
If you plan to spend time on the Parade of Ponds this weekend, just be prepared for what might happen. I know a couple who spent $25 to take the bus tour and ended up spending another $10,000 to build a pond in their backyard.
This is the 11th year for the annual pond tour, sponsored by BR&D Landscape in conjunction with the North American Water Garden Society. Every August, hundreds of ticket holders leisurely tour private backyards to get ideas for creating their own ponds and water features.
Many of the ponds and water gardens will simply take your breath away, but if a full-scale water garden won’t fit in your backyard–or your budget–look for alternatives like pondless water features.
To help you and your hosts enjoy the event, here are 10 helpful touring tips:
- Remember that you’re a guest in the hosts’ homes, so respect their requests.
- Be sure to take a camera and notepad to capture ideas you’d like to try at home. Ask permission before taking photos.
- Ask questions about the pond and any interesting features.
- Keep criticisms to yourself.
- Just like at the movies, turn off your cell phone, no loud talking and no food, drinks or smoking.
- Look for hardy plants that are used in plantings around the ponds.
- Stay on paths and try not to step on foliage.
- Please don’t pick the daisies (or any other flowers).
- Don’t ask to use the restroom, unless it’s absolutely necessary.
- Be sure to thank hosts for their hospitality.