Waterfeature: Rick Anderson style

posted; 08/07/06

This is an overview of a 2nd year pond I installed for a Garden Center. Lots going on, I think it looks pretty good. The waterfall and stream enter in from the left. The pond is about 30×16 in dimension.

Koi, the key is great filtration, and to not have overload-in other words too many fish to overload the system. This is a delicate balancing situation. Unfortunately most folks think the more fish the better. I would actually like to see homeowners add more Shibunkin, Fantails, and Comets instead of the more demanding Koi. Especially those who aren’t that enthusiastic about being hands-on with their waterfeature.

Easily my favorite Aquatic plant, the Lotus but it must be held in check or it will easily get out of control-easily. Not only is the flower spectacular but the foliage is great also. On top of that after the flower leaves the seed head left behind is an intriguing focal point.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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