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Parade of Ponds bubbling with ideas

6/27/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

The Parade of Ponds will offer ideas on water gardening. Shown above is one site with whimsical fountains.
Features such as this waterfall will be available for viewing on the Parade of Ponds tour.
GREATER AKRON — Water X Scapes (formerly Hoffman’s Garden Center) once again will present its annual Parade of Ponds, and this year some fun will be added.

The self-guided tour of ponds and water gardens will be held on two separate weekends, one each for sites located north and south of state Route 224. Sites to visit north of state Route 224 will be available for viewing July 13-14, and those located south of state Route 224 will be available July 20-21. On July 13 and 20, the sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On July 14 and 21, they will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


According to Water X Scapes owner Bill Hoffman, the most important function of this annual tour event is to raise money to help Akron Children’s Hospital and its Burn Unit.

“Thanks to pond enthusiasts, over the past decade, more than $24,000 has been raised to date from the Parade of Ponds for the Burn Unit,” said Hoffman. “Again this year, all proceeds from tour booklet sales and donations will go to Akron’s Children’s Hospital and its Burn Unit.”

The almost 20 garden tour sites in Summit, Stark, Medina, Portage and Wayne counties includes ponds, bridges and unique gardens, offering visitors a glimpse at numerous ideas to incorporate into their own gardens. Many of the ponds have colorful and interesting fish, frogs and other critters, as well as aquatic plants and colorful flowers, according to Hoffman. The water gardens on display will include waterfalls, pondless water features with fountains and pottery and rain barrels. Also, gardens established around these water gardens will provide ideas on how to best display them.

Unique features of the sites include a 4,000-gallon pond accented with water-spouting bronze turtles fed by three waterfalls and with Egyptian lotus; two smaller ponds connected by a 25-foot cascading stream, which was selected as the grand-prize winner for the city of Cuyahoga Falls’ Beautification Award; unusual plants, such as a tropical spider lily; and a pirates cove on a small island with many fun accessories.

The Parade of Ponds will include displays of pottery fountains.
Photos courtesy of Water X Scapes
In addition, participating sites will have a secret word that visitors can collect to enter to win a $25 gift certificate from Water X Scapes.

“Like gardening, ponds and water gardening can be a relaxing, fun, educational, inexpensive and an easier-than-you-think hobby or recreation,” said Hoffman. “This event is a unique opportunity to see ponds and actually meet and speak to the people that created them.”

Tour booklets will serve as tickets to the event and offer details of each participating site, including its location, a description about features at the site and photos as well as an overall map. Participants can pick and choose which sites they want to visit. Each site will be marked by balloons.

Tour participants are invited to bring a camera to capture ideas.

The booklets will be available for $9 until July 12, and for $11 during the parade period, July 13-21. To purchase a tour booklet, visit one of the following: Water X Scapes, 1021 E. Caston Road in Green (330-896-9811); Biggins’s Big Dip, 197 Portage Lakes Drive in Coventry (330-644-0074); Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive in Copley (330-836-2727); or Mock Property Services, 37 S. Cleveland Ave. in Mogadore (330-628-9100).

In addition, Water X Scapes will offer the following free seminars on water gardens:

  • “Pondless Water Features”: tomorrow, June 29, at 3 p.m. — This will include fountains, bubbling pottery, bubbling boulders and waterfalls without a pond.
  • “Pond Planning, Design and Construction”: June 30 at 3 p.m. and July 17 and 24 at 5:30 p.m. — Participants will learn how to plan a water garden properly and how to choose the correct pump, filter and other parts of the pond to keep maintenance to a minimum.

To register, call 330-896-9811. For more details, visit www.waterxscapes.com.

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