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Hoffman’s Garden Center changing name to Water X Scapes

3/7/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Water X Scapes, formerly Hoffman’s Garden Center, is now concentrating its business on supplies for water gardens, pondless water features and ornamental water features, shown above, although it also will carry “collectible” plants and other unique gardening items, according to company President Bill Hoffman.
Photos courtesy of Water X Scapes
GREEN — Hoffman’s Garden Center, located at 1021 E. Caston Road, is changing its name to Water X Scapes.

“We are changing our name to more appropriately represent what we do — water gardening,” said company President Bill Hoffman. “We will still provide all the essentials for successful yards, gardens and plants.”

Hoffman said he is planning to close out most gardening product lines, but the business will carry “collectible” plants not often found elsewhere and other unique gardening items. The business now will concentrate on supplies for water gardens, pond less water features and ornamental water features.

“Water offers an enjoyable sound and has a calming effect that is good for your well-being,” said Hoffman. “There are so many ways to enjoy and see it. That has been our expertise, and we want to focus on this water niche.”

In addition to the aesthetics, certain water features, including the use of rain barrels and diverting storm water to create water features, can help property owners address storm water issues, according to Hoffman.

“Water features can help a homeowner control storm water while also helping the environment at the same time,” he said. “Storm water controls can help stop polluting our rivers and lakes. If more residents participate, they can slow down the damaging effects of storm water and enjoy the benefits of that water.”

Water X Scapes offers displays of water gardens and other water features and carries supplies and maintenance products, as well as aquatic plants and fish. Information about ponds, installation assistance and how to manage storm water are also available at the business.

In its focus on water, Water X Scapes will continue to sponsor the Parade of Ponds, which features a tour of area ponds and water gardens and is scheduled this year for July 13-14 and 20-21. All proceeds from the tours benefit charity, according to Hoffman.

Water X Scapes will host an open house called Fun, Food and Fountains April 6-7 and 13-14, offering sales and specials, activities and drawings.

In addition, the business once again will offer free seminars on ponds and water features this spring, including:

  • Pond Planning, Design and Construction: April 7, 12:30 p.m.; April 13, 9:30 a.m.; and April 24, 5:30 p.m. This session will offer information on how to choose the correct pump, filter and other parts of the pond to keep maintenance to a minimum.
  • Spring Pond Opening: March 13, 5 p.m.; April 6, 9:30 a.m.; April 14, 1 p.m.; and April 18, 5:30 p.m. Tips for starting up a pond’s ecosystem and maintaining a healthy clean pond for the season will be offered. Participants may bring questions.
  • Rain Barrels/Rain Harvesting: April 6, 11 a.m., and April 14, 3 p.m. Rain barrels and other rain harvesting systems will be discussed. The rainwater collected can be used for watering gardens, lawns, flowers and more.
  • Pondless Water Features: April 6, 2 p.m., and April 16, 5:30 p.m.; Fountains, bubbling pottery, bubbling boulders, waterfalls without a pond and more can help homeowners relax and enjoy the sounds, sights and beauty of water.
  • Lakes and Ponds — Earthen Bottom: April 7, 3 p.m., and April 13, 12:30 p.m. Participants can learn how aeration, bacteria and enzymes can clean up a pond, lake or lakefront shore.

While the seminars are free, reservations are requested by calling 330-899-9981.

For more information visit  the website at www.hoffmansgardencenter.com.

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