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In This Issue: May 2007


Thursday, May 10, 2007
7:00 pm
Dennis & Carol Sindelar’s home
1754 D Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
365-1839

Plant Swap

It’s time to share your “extra plants” with others. Start to divide those overgrown plants and bring a plant and get a plant in return. Lots of fun! Same goes for extra fish that need good homes.

Driving directions to the May 10th meeting
Provided by Carol & Dennis Sindelar

The corner of D Avenue and 18th Street NE. From First Avenue East, you can just come North on 18th Street and find our house on the Northwest corner... Green 1 1/2 story cottage with cream trim and reddish gables ... Not to be confused with the three story Multi tone green Victorian across the street. Driveway is on 18th.

From I-380 take the H Avenue exit. Take H Av enue east. (West only goes under the interstate and then becomes a T intersection so turn around and go east) Continue on H past the two 4 way stops and a baseball diamond/Daniel's Park. Continue and the road and traffic will curv e to the right and the road becomes 16th street. (y ou are by Ralston and Terex Manufacturing) Continue on 16th Street 3 blocks to D Avenue. Turn left on D Avenue. Continue two blocks to 18th Street ... We are the Green & Cream house on the corner on the left.


Saturday, May 26, 2007
5:00 pm
Quinn & Kacy Novak’s home
601 Wilder Dr SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
362-0487

Open Discussion on Pond Related Topics

Bring your questions, we’ll put our heads together. Get a lot of “free advice”

Driving directions to the May 26th meeting
Provided by Kacy Novak

From Mt Vernon Rd and Highway 13…

From 13 turn west on Mt Vernon Rd and go 2 mile to Wilder Dr, just passing the Fire Station, turn right and go 1/4 mile north. We are on the left side road just past the jeep truck parked off the road.

From town, go east on Diagonal cut or south on 10th St to Mt Vernon Rd. East for about 4 miles past the large HyVee store and start down the larger hill. West Bertram fire station will be at the bottom and there you turn left and go 1/4 mile to large gray house on your left. Jeep truck parked in drive just off the road.



April 12th Meeting

It was standing room only at the home of Larry and Erma Thompson from Cedar Rapids. President, Gary Hunerdosse, called the meeting to order. Minutes from the last meeting were approved as written and there was no treasure’s report. There were a couple corrections to the newsletter. Larry’s phone number was incorrect as was the map to Pat Beuter’s home in Walker for the Saturday meeting.

We welcomed new member, Carl Unkel, from Middle Amana. He told us he had a small pond already.

Gary reported to the club that he filed our bi-annual incorporation report with the government. Thank you, Gary, for keeping us all legal.

I gave a report on the upcoming Expo. As of this meeting, I still had not found a speaker to give a presentation on pond plants. I asked for alternate topics and any ideas on how to proceed. The building is filling up nicely with a great variety of vendors. I passed around fliers for members to begin to hand out at area stores, work, or any public place. We still need tons of volunteers for both Friday setup and to sit the club booths on Saturday. Please contact myself or Monica to get your name on the list. We also need volunteers to bring food for the vendor pot luck and get together on Friday night. Everyone is invited to participate. It’s a great way to get extra time to talk to our out of town guest. They really appreciate the free meal after traveling all day and unloading fish and other stuff.

We spoke briefly about the upcoming Pond Tour. We have several ponds already lined up for that also. Full attention to this event will happen after the Expo gets over.

Erma Thompson, although she was not there, is still taking orders for EIPS shirts. She is custom making them for whoever wants one. You can either bring her a shirt or she will purchase one for you. She has several logos made up for you to pick from. Erma and Larry’s correct phone number is 377-6481.

In new business, Jo announced that Brucemore was once again asking us to attend their fall garden event. We have set up an information table in the past and it was agreed to spend the 15.00 attendance fee and do it again. I, Jackie Allsup, will head up a committee to work the booth and ask for volunteers as the event gets closer.

We still need someone to host the October meeting AND dues for the year are all DUE NOW. Please get them into Pam Moore or risk not receiving your newsletter anymore by mail.

Following our meeting, Larry Thompson gave us a tour of his homemade green house that he puts over his pond all winter long. What an interesting talk. He told us about the pros and cons and wanted everyone to know he’ll be happy to answer anybody’s questions should you decide to build such a structure for yourself. Sharon Weiss reported she already had several roof trusses for sale from an old greenhouse she had used before she made her pond larger. I believe Larry wrote a separate article on his greenhouse for the newsletter, so I won’t go into detail all the interesting things he explained to us.

Door prizes were awarded, along with free dog and cat treats that some of our great supporters donated to the club. Lucky winners were: Dorothy Helms, SJ Taylor, Kacy Novak, Dave and Janice Bell, Ron Jungers, and Eileen Serbousek

Larry wined and dined us. His hospitality was greatly appreciated.

Respectfully submitted……..Jackie Allsup

April 28th Meeting

Again, our Saturday meeting was well attended. Pat and Wayne Beuter from Walker, Ia were our host and hostess. President, Gary Hunerdosse, called the meeting to order. He began by mentioning the new club shirts and modeled his for all to see.

We began with me giving a current Expo report. All things are set to go now. Speakers have all been found and floor plans for vendors have been set. It looks to be a great event! I passed out additional fliers and again asked members to begin hanging them up everywhere. We’re looking for large water tanks we can set up on the Wednesday before the Expo to hold water for warming for the fish vendors. If you have any large tanks that we can fill, please notify me. 934-3665. Volunteer sheets were again set out to sign. We still have lots of open spots. We have some great speakers we are bringing in for your entertainment and education. Please try to attend and support these efforts the club brings to you as members.

Gary asked for another Pond Tour update. We still don’t have a designated Pond Tour chairman, but Monica and Jim Milden have been busy lining up ponds. As soon as the Expo is finished, we’ll redirect our attention to the tour. It’s going to be super also with all new ponds this year.

Gary mentioned one of our supporters “In The Country Gardens and Gifts” is having an open house Mothers Day weekend. They invite everyone to come on out and use your membership discount to purchase some of your gardening needs.

Treasure, Pam Moore, gave us a current treasure’s report, although; it did not include recent memberships and the Expo collections. There was one outstanding bill to the Gazette for the Expo ad that Monica is putting together. Pam also passed out current membership list for members to review and make corrections to.

Larry Thompson mentioned he knew a lady that was moving and wanting to sell her koi. If you are interested in purchasing some of these fish ranging from 8-15”, I have additional information about them. Again, please call me, Jackie at 934-3665.

Following all our business, we had a very special speaker. Judy Stevens, a Linn County Master Gardener, gave a fun talk on Trash to Treasures. She talked about salvaging all sorts of things and gave us several ideas to take home with us for our own gardens. Although, we didn’t have to look much further than our host’s yard. The Beuters are the king and queen of “redesigning” material into yard art. The Beter’s yard was the ideal setting for Judy’s talk, not to mention their very nice water garden which they installed themselves.

Following Judy’s talk, we again gave away some great door prizes. We give away so many great prizes, if you attend regularly, you may never have to buy fish food! Rosie Michel, Rita Tharp, Erma Thompson, Rose Milden, Mary Robinson, Eileen Serbousek, Kathryn Durnan, are only just a few that took home some goodies.

Respectfully submitted……..Jackie Allsup



By Josh Spece

Spring Golds

Spring is a favorite time of year for most gardeners. After the long, cold winter it is rejuvenating for the spirit to watch the garden burst into color. Most Hostas are at their finest in the spring before the slugs, hail, and scorching summer sun take their toll, but there is one group of Hostas that really steal the show for a few weeks in May. Instead of focusing on a single plant, the month of May is all about the “Spring Golds.”

There are two types of gold Hostas. The first type includes those plants that start out chartreuse and become brighter and brighter throughout the summer. These plants are called lutescent. The second type is called viridescent. They start out gold and gradually green up through the season. This second group includes an elite class of Hostas that emerge such a vibrant, nearly fluorescent gold, that they literally glow. Being viridescent the color only lasts for a few weeks, but the spring show is definitely worth growing a few of these special plants.

One of the oldest “Spring Golds” is ‘Sea Fire’ – a solid, firey gold. Over the years is has sported to several popular variations including ‘Saint Elmo’s Fire’, which has a narrow white margin, and most recently, ‘Eye Declare’. ‘Eye Declare’ has a deep green margin that contrasts greatly with the bright gold center. Hosta ‘Ophir’, a colorful plant from Germany, has bright, pointed leaves with a wavy edge and red stems. One of the largest “Spring Golds” is ‘Dawn’s Early Light’. It will reach about 4 feet across with rounded, lightly puckered leaves that have a nicely ruffled edge. All of these Hostas are impossible to miss, even from across the garden.

These are just a few of the electric “Spring Golds” that are out there. They are often over looked later in the season, but these plants scream “Look at me!” in the spring!



Hospitality………………………..Elena Murillo
mespringcove@aol.com * 294-4866

Community Service……………… open - no volunteers

Recognition……………………….Gil Morley
mespringcove@aol.com * 294-4866

Commercial Relations……………Bob & Stephanie Geers
hawkskier@yahoo.com * 363-2448

Writing…………………………...Monica Morley/Maria Hamilton

Publicity…………………………...Jackie Allsup
cedarserviceja@aol.com * 934-3665

Water Garden Tour…………….. Jim & Rose Milden, Monica & Gil Morley, Jo and Gary Hunerdosse

Programs………………………….open - no volunteers

2007 Pond Expo Committee

Chairman—
Jackie Allsup: cedarserviceja@aol.com * 934-3665
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Roberta Ward
Robert Ward
Pam Moore
Larry Thompson
Erma Thompson
Robert Hollenbeck
Herman Michel
Kacy Novak
Elena Murillo
Gary Hunerdosse
Monica Morley
Gil Morley
Tim Nolan
Linda Nolan



In order to provide members with accurate information, directions to the meet ings w ill be the responsibility of the host for that meeting, along with your current phone number.

If you did not receive my e-mail to notify you of the error in April’s newsletter, please check the new roster, when it becomes available, to verify your current information.

Special “Thanks” goes out to Herman Michel for participating in ‘Winter in Iowa” by sending in a picture of his pond in the winter. (see January Newsletter)

Monica



Rose and Jim Milden have been members since 2006. Their pond is a 125 gallon rigid liner built in the summer of 2003. The pond sits in a 14’21” raised flower bed. The pond has a 2’ waterfall over Pennsylvania blue rocks from an upper basin where abundant water hyacinth naturally filter the water. This pond is their first and is part of an integrated garden railway landscape called “The Rosedale Electric” named for the New Orleans style green streetcar that takes passenger to the gazebo by the pond. The greatest enjoyment is listening to the waterfall in the evening, looking for frogs that wander in from places unknown, and watching the fish dart after insects. Rose like the rain lily and Jim likes the umbrella palm which he has to split each year under Rose’s watchful eye! They have goldfish-shared by pond society members. They have not named their fish yet, for some reason they do not come when called! Would a “name help this situation?” Rose spends her ponding time clearing debris from the surface of the pond, changing the pump filter, watching the streetcars go around the pond and listening to the waterfall. Jim tends to the garden railroad, changing pump filter, feeding the fish, building miniature structures around the pond. Jim has won national awards as a model builder. They have enveloped the pond with a train and miniature structures and miniature plants such as dwarf Alberta spruces, dwarf Japanese junipers, lime flow junipers, and several others. The say they won’t admit falling in their pond, what do you think? They joined the club to gain knowledge about water gardening and fish care. They enjoy the programs, especially the ones by the Master Gardeners. Jim and Rose are very active in volunteering for many of the clubs activities. This year they will be showing their pond on the 2007 Pond Tour.



In The Country Garden & Gifts.

E.I.P.S. members receive a 10% discount. Must show your current membership card at time of purchase.


Larry Tharp has volunteered again this year to order the fertilizer tabs for the club.

We need to start thinking of fertilizing our plants after a long cold winter.

This is a great value at 25 cents per tab. Time for you to stock up at this great price. Give Larry a call at 396-3293 as soon as you can so he can put the order in.


NEWS FLASH

Watch for Larry Thompson’s article on “How to Build a Greenhouse over a Koi Pond” coming in the August newsletter.


Membership Cards Will be available at the May 10th meeting.


Here is a closeup of the club’s logo that you can have Erma Thompson put on a new shirt you purchase on your own. The type of shirt used in the pictures below was a regular polo shirt from Target. The Koi on the right was a special request for the back of the shirt.

Click here for picture

Take a look at the logo and guess how many stitches it took to complete. This might be a contest in motion for the May 10th meeting.



May Birthdays

Curt Moore - May 6th
Gary Hunerdosse - May 9th
Rosie Michel - May 10th
Jim Milden - May 10th
Faith Miene - May 14th
Roy Gaddis - May 27th

If you would like your birthday printed in the newsletter, email us at mespringcove@aol.com or sign in with the Hospitality Committee: Elena Murillo or Gil Morley



By Josh Spece

Part of the fun of spring is searching for new plants to try in the garden. Most every garden magazine features an article on new annuals, perennials, shrubs, and vegetables as winter comes to a close. The popularity of water gardening is drawing more attention to aquatic plants. The number of new water plants introduced every year is minute compared to more conventional plants, but the new water plants we do get are every bit as exciting. As you make plans for the 2007 pond season, keep an eye out for some of these HOT new water plants!

Golden Torch Cardinal Flower (Lobelia 'Golden Torch') – The Cardinal Flower is a native plant found in swampy areas. The tall spikes of vivid red flowers are like flashing neon signs for hummingbirds! Golden Torch Cardinal Flower has the same red flowers, but the leaves are bright yellow…talk about a hot color combo!! It will grow 2-4 feet tall and is happy in wet soil or water up to 2” deep.

Canna 'Cleopatra' – Technically this is not a new plant, but this old Canna variety is just recently becoming more widely available. The tropical green foliage is randomly striped with dark red bands. The markings are highly variable – some plants can be mostly red, while others are mostly green. Any completely solid colored shoots should be removed to maintain the variegation. The random coloring continues into the flowers, as well. Flowers on the green portion on the plant are yellow, while flowers on the red areas are red. Some flowers are both red and yellow! Like most Cannas, ‘Cleopatra’ will grow on land or shallow water up to 2” deep and can grow up to 6 feet tall.

Red Bog Lily (Crinum 'Menehune') – Red Bog Lily is another plant that has it all – striking foliage and flowers. The strap-like leaves resemble the foliage of a day lily, but are deep burgundy. The rich color of the foliage is a perfect back drop for the pink, spidery flowers that bloom off and on all summer. Red Bog Lily quickly forms a full clump 18”-24” tall. It is easy to grow in sun or shade in water up to 2” deep.

Milky Way Taro (Colocasia ‘Milky Way’) – Taros are a water garden staple. The large leaves add a tropical flair to the garden. Milky Way has large green leaves that are randomly splashed with white. It is as easy to grow as other Taros in sun or shade and thrives in moist soil or water up to 4” deep. Milky Way Taro grows 4-5 feet tall.

Starburst Umbrella Palm (Cyperus albostriatus ‘Starburst’) – Umbrella Palms are another water garden standard, but the Starburst Umbrella Palm brings a fun, new twist! The 2-3 feet tall stems of whorled leaves are heavily striped with green and white. This Umbrella Palm is at its best in part shade with wet soil, but will tolerate sun or shade.

Tropical Water Lilies are usually best treated as annuals in Iowa and most water gardeners over look them for this reason. It is unfortunate, because Tropical Water Lilies can bring colors and shapes to a pond that Hardy Water Lilies can’t. These three new Tropical Water Lilies are excellent examples of what you are missing out on!

Pink Flamingo – The hot pink flowers of Pink Flamingo have very long, pointed petals that give the flowers a very unique. The pads are just as attractive as the flowers with the heavy maroon and green mottling.

Midnight Embers – Midnight Embers has delicately colored, soft lavender-blue flowers. What really makes this lily special is the fountain-like effect created by the multitude of small, frilly petals in the center of the flower. The green pads of Midnight Embers are lightly flecked with chocolate.

Midnight Serenade – Midnight Serenade flowers are rich purple and have up to 155 petals! The very double flowers are slightly fragrant and are displayed above heavily mottled, green and maroon pads.



Indian Creek Nature Center Plant Sale
May 6
(319)362-0664


EIAA is having a Tropical Fish Auction

Sunday May 6th
At the El Kahir Shrine Embassy Club
1400 Blairs Ferry Rd NE
Cedar Rapids IA.

Corner of Council St & Blairs Ferry Rd

10:00 viewing
12:00 Auction bidding starts.

See www.finflap.com for details.


Mother’s Day Flower Show
Sunday, May 13 the Noelridge

Park Greenhouse will again host the Mother’s Day flower show. Hours are from 10a.m.—5 p.m. The greenhouses will be filled with about 60,000 flowers and horticulture crews will start planting around Cedar Rapids the day after Mother’s Day. Admission is free.


Brucemore Plant Sale
May 12
9am—12 pm



Spring In The County OPEN HOUSE May 12 & 13

It’s Mom’s Weekend: Bring along Mom and she will receive a free Mother’s Day gift!!!

Lots and Lots to see along with discounts!

Important Dates for Pond Owners:
May 5th - Water Hyacinths & Water Lettuce available
June 9th - Tropical Water Lilies available

inthecountrygardenandgifts.com For more events to come!


May 19
Marion Arts Festival The 15th annual free and family-friendly event hosts 50 juried fine artists and fine craftspeople from across the Midwest. And if that’s not enough, check out the live music, food, art activities, and the 5k race and fun walk. City Square Park, 10 a.m.—5p.m. www.marionartsfestival.com


Houby Days
May 18-20 Czech Village
(319)362-8500



By Tim Nolan

Having a rock bottom pond for 6 years now I have always wondered if a good pond vac could do a decent job of removing the build up of sludge from the floor of the pond. It seems no amount of stirring and netting up of this junk ever seems to be enough. A pond vac seems like the natural tool for the job. Pond vacs are not cheap and I know of no one who actually owns one. I did try one of the muc vacs that attach to the garden hose with very limited success. The Cadillac of pond vacs is supposed to be the Osae Pondovac 3.

Getting an early start on pond clean up this season got me to thinking that now would be the time to try out the Osae unit. Luckily, I did not have to buy this $500 plus toy. Kevin and Shirley Bailey at Prairie Creek Nursery have a new unit available for rent. When I saw this baby on their showroom floor I thought it looked impressive. Like a sleek robot waiting to serve and solve our ponding needs.

This is the latest model in the line….the third generation. It features a number of attachments including four sections of wands, each about 2 feet long. Putting all of them together gives you about an 8 foot reach overall. One of the wand sections is translucent so you can actually see the sludge that is being sucked up into the tank. There are four nozzle attachments to choose from also. The standard crevice tool, a string algae tool that looks kind of like a flare topped flower vase, a wide brush tool that is great for stirring up crud on the bottom, and a square shaped tool that features an adjustable gate. For a rock bottom pond, I found this adjustable square nozzle most effective. It would pick up debris with less clogging than the other tools.

But what makes this thing worth it’s hefty price tag is the double tank system. If you have ever tried to vacuum the pond bottom with a shop vac, ( admit it you have!) you will understand the value of design features of this great machine. Most shop vacs fill up with water and sludge too rapidly to be of any real use for actually cleaning up the whole pond. Maybe a spot here or there but that’s about it. You spend more time emptying the shop vac than it is worth. Also, a relatively short suction hose on a shop vac means you are working dangerously close to the edge of your pond with an electrical device that is often quite unstable. Just a bad idea altogether.

The double tank system on the Oase Pondovac 3 allows one tank to fill with water/sludge first. When it becomes full, it automatically starts to empty out and the pond vac starts to fill it’s second chamber immediately! You never have to stop vacuuming…..one is always filling and one is continuously emptying as necessary. Now this is great engineering folks! It really works!

Being the first person to rent this new machine, I put it through it paces as I had a lot of sludge and plant debris on the bottom of my roughly 12x17 foot pond. I tried all the different attachments. At 30 inches deep, the Pondovac 3 had no problem pulling the junk up off the pond bottom. Occasionally there would be a loss of suction but it was always due to a blockage either of large chunks of plant material or pieces of rocks. This would usually be at the nozzle end, not in the wand. A quick flip of the slide button at the handle would open the vent hole and break the vacuum enough to dislodge the plant material most of the time. The rocks usually would have to be removed from the nozzle end by hand. The wand being about 1 ½ inches in diameter has some limitations as to how much solid material can pass at one time. A larger diameter wand and hose would allow more solids to pass, but would be too large and unwieldy to handle easily. A rock bottom pond is going to be more trouble to vacuum than a smooth bottom one. This device will actually pass small rocks if you are not careful. It has great suction power and does not overheat and shut down. I ran it for several hours without problems.

The main thing is that you must be patient. It is not like vacuuming the rug! It is fairly slow going and will take longer than you would like. You drag the nozzle of your choice along the bottom of the pond, and wait for the sludge and debris to flow up the wand and into the tank. It works great but it is a slow process.

The long reach of the wand allows you to do it all from outside the pond. For safety reasons, working within the pond is not recommended. The suction hose is 16 feet long, which means the actual tank unit can sit far back from the edge of the pond. Seven feet back is recommended in the manual. The drain hose is shorter….8 feet. That is adequate, but a longer drain hose would allow you to more effectively place the discharge material where you want it. Like in the nearby flower bed or garden. A mesh bag can be attached to the drain hose to capture the debris and allow the water to return to the pond. You will vacuum out a considerable amount of water as you will be working slowly. This is a good opportunity to do a small water change.

If your pond is really dirty with a pretty substantial sludge build up, you will be amazed how much this unit will remove! Big piles of debris will come up. After going over the pond bottom two complete times, the rocks were visible again! They still have algae growing on them but they are clearly void of all the stuff that was covering them up before. I was very pleased with the results and would recommend this machine to anyone who needs to clean up the bottom of their pond.



Call the following members for advice for all your questions. Fish health, construction of the pond, water garden plants. The list is long. Give them a try!!

Contact:

Joe Olsen
319-334-2709
olywon@indytel.com

Dennis & Carol Sindelar
fishlounge1@cs.com
Requests e-mails only

Jackie Allsup
319/934-3665
Cedarserviceja@aol.com



New hours 11:00am-4:00pm

Again, volunteers are needed to sit at the ponds. Half day shifts will be available, 10:00 - 12:30 and 12:30 - 4:00 or you may also choose the full day to volunteer.

Please keep us in mind to donate your extra plants for the Plant Sale during the tour. Sign-up sheets will be available at the May 26th meeting. If you want to work at a specific pond, send an e-mail to mespringcove@aol.com or call me 294-4866 and we’ll get you signed up before the 26th. Early bird gets the worm. This is always a fun event . You meet so many friendly people with the same interest. Great way to spend a Sunday. We’ll keep you posted with further developments on this important club event. Monica

Pond Tour Committee: Gil & Monica Morley, Rose & Jim Mi lden, Jo & Gary Hunderdosse

Tentative ponds for the 2007 are as follows:

Jim & Rose Milden & Plant sale C.R.
Bob & Deb Kontz C.R.
Dennis & Carol Sindelar C.R.
Becki Lynch C.R.
Dick Isard C.R.
Mark & Sue Baumann Hiawatha
Gil & Monica Morley/Elena Murillo C.R
Dennis & SJ Taylor C.R.
Eric Harbit Marion



Use heavy dirt. Dirt from your yard will work great. If it grows grass or other plants it will grow lilies. Just be sure the area has not been treated with any chemicals.

If you have to buy dirt look for bags of topsoil. It should feel heavy in weight. DO NOT use potting soil. It is too light and sometimes contains perilite (looks like small pieces of Styrofoam) because it will just float out of the pot.

The dirt you use should contain clay to hold together.

If your water is at least 55 degrees you will see lots of leaves as the water gets warmer. Generally speaking lilies will start blooming a few weeks after planting. But a lot depends on the water temperature.

Permission from Bonniesplants.com



May 19, 2007

9:30 - 10:30 Keeping Your Gardens Fun by Jamie Beyer: Jamie is a lifetime Master Gardener from the Ames/Boone area and is founder and immediate past president of the Central Iowa Water Garden Association. Water gardening has been a passion of Jamies’s for over 45 years. He has 3—10,000 gallon ponds and one 27,000 gal. pond which contains many kinds of water plants and fish. He combines his experience with his master’s degree in fish and wildlife biology to become uniquely qualified to be one of the Midwest’s foremost experts on the subject. Jamie frequently speaks and writes on all aspects of water features and water gardening to gardeners in the Midwest. He also has a consulting/installation business called Midwest Waterscapes.

10:45 - 11:45 Bio 101 Mother Nature and Pond Water Management by Doug Dent: Doug comes form New Hope, PA. Doug is a product development manager with Ecological Laboratories, Inc. Doug has 36 years of experience in the fields of industrial microbiology specific to enhanced water quality and product development. If you’re confused by all the products out there that claim to help maintain your pond, this is the man to ask.

12:00 - 1:00 DIY Pond Construction by Greg Bickal: Greg is a long time EIPS club supporter. He lives locally in Toddville, IA. He has 12 years experience with ponds and 8 years of experience breeding and selling koi. He is the author of a book on CD called DIY Pond Series 2000 . His CD on how to save money by building your own pond filters and gadgets has sold over 2000 copies. You will have the “I can do that” attitude after hearing Greg.

1:15 - 2:15 Beyond Hyacinths-A look at Pond Plants by Jamie Beyer: In addition to the above write-up on Jamie. He and co–author Veronica Fowler, wrote the Ortho book “All About Garden Pools and Fountains”. Over a half million copies of the book have been sold in the 6 years since it’s publication.

2:30—3 :30 Koi and Goldfish Care and Disease Prevention by Sue Emerick: Sue is president and charter member of the Upper Midwest Koi Club in Minneapolis, MN. Sue has been an avid koi collector for over 10 years. She has built and maintains two koi ponds which support over 35 large koi and understands the difficulties keeping fish in our northern climate. Sue and her husband show many of their prized koi throughout the country and make every effort to support other clubs whenever possible. Sue emphasizes prevention first to support fish health, but knowing how to treat an ill fish, if something does go wrong, is something every keeper should know. Sue will share what she has learned over the years so, hopefully, you will be spared the heartache she experienced her first few years keeping koi. There will be a CD available for sale covering her presentation, and one lucky guest will win a free copy.

Submitted by Pond Expo Chairman, Jackie Allsup



Eastern Iowa Pond Society Membership Application



May 10
7pm Dennis & Carol Sindelar—Cedar Rapids
Plant Swap

May 26
5pm Quinn & Kacy Novak—Cedar Rapids
Open Discussion on Pond Related Topics

June 14
6pm Dorothy Helms—Vinton
Open Discussion on Pond Related Topics

June 23
2pm Jim & Rose Milden—Cedar Rapids
Pre pond tour

July 8
Pond Tour

July 28
5pm Jackie Allsup—Quasqueton
“Hybrid Lily—Queen of the Garden” - Master Gardener, Joyce Robison

August 9
7pm Gary & Jo Hunerdosse—Cedar Rapids
“Summer Gardening” - Master Gardener, Ellen Skripsy

August 25
Herman Michel—Cedar Rapids
Herman’s Birthday Celebration

September 13
7pm Joe & Judy Olsen—Independence
Open Discussion on Pond Related Topics

September 22
4pm Sharon Weiss—Vinton
"Fall Bulbs” Master Gardener, Zora Ronan

October 27
Open—T.B.D.

November 17
Recognition & Election Night—T.B.D.

Agenda: Business Meeting: 30-40 minutes
Program: 30-45 minutes
Tour of host’s pond/water features: 40-60 minutes

All locations and topics are subject to change. Read your monthly newsletter for details and updates.


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