The Austin Pond Society held its 23rd Annual Pond Tour on June 3-4, 2017. One of the highlights was the Night Pond held at Jorge and David’s. This pond is absolutely amazing with so much care going into the display.
Below is a slideshow video of the Night Pond showing the workmanship and detail that has gone into the bigger pieces such as the buildings.
Austin Pond Society – Annual Tour Night Pond – 6-3-2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
Finally, a close up look at all of the figures and objects that are included in this truly amazing display. Jorge is a true artist with David’s support.
Austin Pond Society Night Tour Showing details, 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
The Austin Pond Society held its 23rd Annual Pond Tour on June 3-4, 2017. The South Tour was held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 with a total of 9 ponds. All were exceptional and all offered something just a little different,
Below is a video of the South Ponds.
Austin Pond Society South Tour 5-5-2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
The Austin Pond Society held its 23rd Annual Pond Tour on June 3-4, 2017. The North Tour was held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 with a total of 11 ponds. All were exceptional and all offered something just a little different,
There were too many pictures for one video so it is split into Part 1 and Part 2.
Austin Pond Society Annual Tour North-Part 1 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
Austin Pond Society Annual Pond Tour North – Part 2 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
I also made a separate video of the Plants, Flowers and Fish for the North Tour.
Austin Pond Society North Tour 2017 (Flowers and Fish) 6-4-2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
Mike Pepper is a member of the Austin Pond Society and his pond and Garden are scheduled to be on this year’s upcoming Austin Pond and Garden Tour. He is also a member of the Austin Daylily Group and he showed his enthusiasm for these beautiful flowers by opening his garden to the public to see the Daylilies at the height of their blooming cycle. Even though they would still be blooming in a couple of weeks, June 4, he felt that they would be coming to the end of their show and would not be at their best.
I made my way over to his house after spending a couple of hours at Zilker Botanical Gardens to try to take some pictures of the Splash Party scheduled for earlier that morning. However, Mother Nature had different ideas and decided to open the clouds and put on a light display accompanied by rattle of the base drums as a fairly heavy thunderstorm swept over the area. The Splash was moved into the greenhouse and I gave up on taking any quality pictures of that event and headed for Mike’s house.
The rain had stopped when I arrived and there were several people standing around talking and eating breakfast that Mike had provided. Even though it was offered, I skipped the breakfast and got right onto taking pictures.
Mike has a beautiful backyard made all the more attractive by the more than 200 varieties of different colored Daylilies scattered around the entire yard. In between all of this riot of color was the pond of around 600 gallons with a waterfall at the top end . The pond has a natural bog filtration system and is about a year old. It was built by one of the Austin Pond Society Sponsors, Texas Ponds and Water Features. The yard is about a quarter of an acre and the pond and the Daylilies complement each other very nicely.
Here is a video of the Daylilies for your enjoyment.
The Beauty of Daylilies 5-20-2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
Here are a few more pictures of Mike’s beautiful garden.
As it usually does, the third Monday of the month rolled around and with it the Monthly Austin Pond Society Meeting. This one was held for the wonderful sponsors to set up a table and Meet and Greet the members. Those that had goodies for sale, brought them along and set them out to tempt the most stringent of buyers. Those that sold services greeted the many people that attended and engaged them in conversation about what they had to offer. There were about 45 members attending and they got to meet the following sponsors.
Bloomers – Marcos and Jody
PrivateLabel Realty – Barb Lenhardt
Water Garden Gems – Shane and Alona
Taylormade – Taylor Miller
Amber Prosceno LMT – Amber Prosceno
Hill Country Water gardens – Jeremy and Emily
Texas Land and Water Design – Paul Lawrence
Honeycomb Fish Farm – Steve and Yvonne
The Great Outdoors – Al
Environmental Survey Consulting – David and Amy
Each, as they were introduced, gave a brief description of their business. Several brought and sold their wares while others contributed door prizes and in the case of Hill Country Water Gardens, an entire Fairie Garden to be auctioned off for charity. It eventually went for $140.00 to one of the members who bought it as a gift for his wife’s upcoming birthday.
The evening was a huge success as members got to meet the sponsors. Intermixed in all of the excitement were several raffles and door prizes which always garners interest.
This video is of the Sponsor Meeting.
Sponsor Night May 5-15-2016 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
This video is of the several auctions and door prizes.
Auction at Sponsor Night May 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
The food for the evening was Pot Luck and the members didn’t disappoint as there were many hot dishes and lots of desert. most of which was consumed by the Members. The meeting ended around 8:30 pm and a quick clean and straightening up of the Meeting Room was the final act of the evening.
The next event will be the Splash Party which is a private party for the Owners and Volunteers where they can pick up their materials that they will need on the day. This will be held on Saturday, May 20th at Zilker Botanical Gardens. Then comes the “BIG” weekend of the Pond Tour, June 3 for the North Tour and June 4 for the South. Make sure that you have purchased your wristbands. Use this link, if you haven’t.
The Austin Pond Society held their monthly meeting this past Monday, April 17 at the usual place and time. This meeting was our Annual Plant Swap when members bring in pond or garden plants surplus to their requirements to swap out for those of a different kind that other members have brought in.
It is always a fun event and usually, there is always someone who brings in something different or exotic just as a change from the usual pond and garden plants. The meeting was well attended with around 55 members showing up. Not everyone brought in plants to swap out but as usual, there were so many that if they wanted to, everyone went home with something new and different.
Prior to the start of the swap, Steven Monfrini, our Hospitality person, treated us to hot dogs with all of the fixin’s with desserts of different kinds brought in by the members. As I am not a big hot dog fan, I made up for it with extra helpings of desserts especially those of the chocolate kind. While the members were enjoying the food, they were able to watch a video made by yours truly of the APS Website and some of the things available on it.
15 Minute Video from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
Following the food and the video, Jeannie brought the meeting to order and went around the room for reports from the various Board Members. Nancy Hall talked about the upcoming Garden Tour and Ted Paone, Chairman of the Pond Tour, outlined the progress to date which he states, is is falling into place quite nicely.
At 7:15 pm, the swap started and although it didn’t appear so, there was some method to the madness with those that helped to set up going first to get the first dibs, followed by those others who had brought things into swap and finally by everyone else whether they had donated or not. It went pretty smoothly thanks to Barb and Darren who kind of kept an eye on everything. One of the rules of the swap is that if you bring it in and it doesn’t move, it goes back home with you. Not sure how much of that happened or whether everything found new homes.
Austin Pond Society Meeting April 2017 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
The meeting was over early around 8:00 pm as members lugged their new goodies out to their cars. The clean up crew tidied up the back porch and the Swap was over for another year.
Austin Pond Society April, 2017 Business from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.
The next meeting is on May 15 and this one is our Sponsor Night when many of our Sponsors will set up a table and share their wares with the members. This is always a popular event and is well attended. We are having a potluck dinner which is always fun as we taste other people’s cooking. Hope someone brings an apple pie…See you there.