Location visible to members
Today's meeting will be held in Joel and Dominique's patio and large garden in Pougny, in nearby France. We'll examine the garden's long flowing stream and meter-deep pond, half of which is above ground level. We'll also admire the much more spacious round pond, looking so natural that it doesn't seems possible to be man-made. Joel constructed both ponds himself, and they're among the most beautiful of any in the pond club. He also designed and constructed the two most elaborate pond filtering systems in the club, both of which keep his ponds' waters crystal-clear. He'll display the inside of each filter during the meeting, and explain how they work.
The above-ground stream features many bog plants and several small waterfalls along its length, and splashes down into its pond in a larger waterfall. Half the pond is below ground level, and a curved brick wall creates the upper half. This design permits visitors to sit on the wall for a close-up view of the pond's small fish and blooming water lilies. The wall also keeps overly curious children from falling into the pond. A pump at the bottom of the pond sends the water all the way back up to the filter at the start of the stream, completing the circuit.
The large round pond elsewhere in the garden is a full ten meters in diameter. It has three depths: 30, 100 and 150 cm deep, to accommodate the aquatic plants that need different depths of water over their roots. A wide variety of bog plants enhance the borders of the pond. Very large koi in many colors are growing still larger in the pond, along with two large black sturgeon and many goldfish. The filtering system for this pond is so large that it's enclosed in its own garden shed, also built by Joel. After seeing the system, visitors can construct a smaller filter for their own ponds using the same practical technology.
This is the eighth time Joel and Dominique have hosted a meeting, second only to the record held by the pond club's co-leaders, Suzanne and Peter. The club meets in many club members' gardens so that we can admire a different pond design every time, and incorporate its best features into our own ponds. If you'd like to host a meeting chez vous to display your own pond and garden, write to the club's leaders at [masked] to reserve the ideal date for your meeting. But first please submit your RSVP above for the September meeting to let the hosts know whether you can or can't attend. These meetings are always free for everyone, so invite any interested friends to come along. Enjoy the meeting.