Meeting are held eleven months of the year which excludes December, at the Zilker Botanical Gardens Meeting Room on the third Monday of the month starting at 6:30 pm. They usually last about two hours and are generally attended by around fifty or so of our current membership. We usually have a speaker talking to us on the different and various aspects of ponding and many of them are from the local Gardening and Aquatic businesses around town. They are always interesting to listen to and provide a wealth of knowledge to the laymen (us). Incidentally, many of them are our sponsors and one of their benefits is a discount at many of their stores and places of business.
We have a Hospitality person who provides us with a light meal before the meeting. Deserts are also provided by the many members and some of them are out of this world. We also have an extensive library of books all related to ponding, for the D.I.Y person, plants, fish and everything else related to water gardening. The books are loaned free to members. Another benefit is the Sale or Swap link on the website if you are in the market for used pond equipment.
We hold social meetings at some of the various restaurants around town and sometimes have members only tours set up to visit one of the local ponds, usually of one of the members. I can promise you that you will get to meet a very nice bunch of people all with the same interest.
You can join in two different ways. One is by following this link.
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or the other is to come to a meeting the third Monday of every month at Zilker Botanical Gardens and join there. Membership is for either an individual or a family and both cost the same at $30.
Hope you can join us.
Some of the Benefits of Membership
Membership in the Austin Pond Society is a wonderful way to meet other pond lovers and learn about the many joys of having a backyard pond. In addition to our regular monthly meetings where you’ll hear professionals speak on pond building, plants, fish and other wildlife. you’ll get to participate in hands-on demonstrations and give back to the community by helping us out at the Zilker Garden Center and area elementary schools where we teach and assist in building and maintaining their ponds.
- As a member, you also receive these member-only benefits:POND-O-VAC – one week with a suggested donation of $25 plus deposit
125 GALLON TRANSPORT TANK – $25 per week donation plus deposit
GENERAL MEETING EACH MONTH – wonderful speakers, great food and friendship with like-minded folks
THE MARKETPLACE – sign up and receive notification whenever pond equipment, Koi, goldfish and plants are being given away.
POND STARS – experienced ponders can help with advice on your pond problems
APRIL PLANT SWAP – bring a variety of plants and go home with your car full.
MAY SPONSOR NIGHT – come and meet our APS sponsors and check out the newest products and enjoy great discounts.
MEMBERS-ONLY EVENTS – outings to members’ ponds, garden centers, water-lily growers, fish hatcheries
WEBSITE – contains information on all aspects of APS activities
THE STREAM – MONTHLY CALENDAR – keeps you current with the month’s activities
COMMUNITY SERVICE – volunteer at Zilker Botanical Garden, the Zilker Garden Festival, and the Austin Pond Tour. Participate at the annual pond cleaning at Down Home Ranch or other sites that need our assistance
AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT PROJECT BLUE SANTA – volunteer to wrap and / or deliver gifts to needy children at Christmas
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