Idaho Watergarden & Koi Society's Grant Article
With the help of many pond owners and Club members
alike, the IWGKS had a wonderful Pond Tour the last weekend
in July. The event went for 4 hours on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00
to 2:00 as to avoid the super high hot temperatures in Idaho in July.
Eight Ponds in total were featured and the event
was open to the public. About 120 visitors altogether
enjoyed learning all about ponds, Koi keeping and water gardening.
Here are a few photos of our event (Submitted by Sot Chimonas):
Washington Koi & Water Garden Society's Grant Article
WKWGS elected to do our public event at Sky Nursery on 145 th and Aurora
in North Seattle. The nursery sells pond supplies and water plants, and sometimes have a koi pond that customers enjoy. It
was being remodeled this season, so there were no fish to attract interest, so we sprung into action!
October 6th, we set up an eight foot tank, and member Bill Tullis brought four of his lovely fish to display. We had eight
club volunteers staffing our display between 10 and 4. Due to the October date, we elected to emphasize "winterizing your
pond" related topics.
Our presence was a hit! Both experienced pond keepers and the newly
interested came by to learn about their ponds and fish. We had the fish varieties poster, our show pamphlets (full of great
information and we needed to use them up anyway!) and membership information for our club as part of our display.
hope we recruited a few new members, but dozens left better informed.
Puget Sound Koi Club's Grant Article
The Puget Sound Koi Club had an excellent year for interacting with the public and promoting the hobby
and our club. We established and staffed informational booths at several events
this year. We found a new local vendor, the Pond Pad located in Puyallup, WA,
and worked with them to put up and staff our booth at their grand opening the weekend of April 28th. We also staffed a booth at the Customer Appreciation day held at Hoshi Koi on Saturday, May 5th. We were able to provide useful information to current and prospective pond and Koi
keepers and even added a new member.
Once again we staffed a booth at the Puyallup Spring Fair held at the Western Washington Fair Grounds in Puyallup,
Washington from April 19 - 22, 2012. Our long term attendance at the Fair has
resulted in a prime booth location in the main exhibition hall. We again shared
our booth with Hoshi Koi, a local Koi and pond vendor that brings products and expertise for interested attendees. This year’s Fair had excellent attendance with over 126,000 guests.
Tens of thousands of visitors passed by our booth and hundreds stopped by see the display of Koi, and gather information,
and chat with the club members about all things Koi.
Puget Sound Koi Club members put in extraordinary effort and maintained a presence in the booth from
opening till closing each day. Many club members took turns and enjoyed discussing
Koi keeping and water gardening with the hundreds of booth visitors. We distributed
promotional materials for our upcoming Koi show (in Aug) as well as other aspects of the hobby, including club and PNKCA membership. We obtained contact information for about 40 guests for follow up and potential membership
in the club.
This event continues to be our best opportunity to interact with the community, promote the hobby to
the public, and gain new members. We look forward to continuing this event for
Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society's
Jim Elms, our oldest member!
On May 12, 2012, the Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society participated
in the Garden Expo. This event is a huge event in the Spokane area each year. It is held at the Spokane Community College the second Saturday of May each year. Our Club has participated in this event for many years, including our 100-year old
member (now 101 years old), Jim Elms! He sells, and sells out every year, our
This year our President, Diana Lynn Rehn, was invited to speak at the Garden Expo.
Her presentation was on the differences between koi ponds and water gardens and how to make each.
Her presentation was well-attended by over 30 people and lively. She started
with small water features, to bog gardens, to water gardens, and then presented on a pure koi pond without any plants and
the equipment needed. She drew different designs for each on a white-board and
explained the different types of equipment, included bead filters, vortexes, pumps, ultra-violet lights, and both natural
and chemical products that are available to be used in the pond. She explained
the flow of the pond and how to figure out how large of a pump a person would need.
She talked briefly about the different types of plants available and the different types of goldfish that were hardy
in our area. She also told the audience of the different vendors that were available
A question and answer session was made available at the end of the presentation with many people asking questions.
Hand-outs were given to all in attendance with information on the major considerations for any type of pond. New members were given a copy of the AKCA Filters and Koi Health booklets, along with our club information.
Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club's Grant Article
Children’s Day at Portland’s Japanese Garden
Portland’s Japanese Garden hosts a wonderful event for
children each year to celebrate the two events in Japan honoring children, Boy’s Day and Girl’s Day. The event
is always on the first weekend in May and this year it was on Saturday, May 5th. Even though the day was cloudy
and a bit chilly, the Northwest Koi and Goldfish Club members enjoyed the day talking to the children about koi. The members
set up a display tank with several beautiful koi for the children to ask interesting questions about and we were certainly
entertained by many of their fun questions; “How old are they?”, “Do they bite?”, “Do they have
names?”, “Do you eat them?” , “How big do they get?”, “How long do they live?”,
‘Do they have teeth?”, “Can they smell?”, “Can I pet them?”, to name just a few. Besides enjoying the fish and learning about them, the children also had fun folding
origami koi that the club provided for them and reading about the koi in a pamphlet that the members handed out.
The children also participated in many other activities
at the Garden including the koi kite parade, coloring koi flags, folding Japanese hats, and collecting the stamps around the
garden. The children also enjoyed the thunderous demonstration from Portland’s Taiko Drummers, and many of them also
had a chance to participate in playing the drums. As this early spring afternoon progressed the children enjoyed traditional
Japanese storytelling and a tea ceremony.
It was also wonderful to see all the beautiful new koi
that were introduced last year doing so well. There were a total of 18 koi introduced last year after the renovation to the
koi pond and these koi are thriving in their healthier environment. The children and our members had a great time at the Japanese
Garden and all of us look forward to doing this event again next year! The club really appreciates the grant money that PNKCA
has approved for us this year, it helped to make our day at the Japanese Garden a very successful and fun event.
Northwest Koi and
Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society's Grant Article
Oregon Koi and Watergarden
Society offered a pond and Koi information day at a local water garden and nursery center. The event was held Saturday May
10th from 10am to 2pm. The day was sunny and the perfect temperature. Our table had on display how to books on
Koi health and filter design. Popcorn was popped and given for free. Club members spent
the day answering questions and helping with advice on pond construction. Having membership applications to hand out we encouraged
people to join our club to learn from the experience of others. The venue, Sutherlin
Water Garden and Nursery, owned by Lincoln and Elena Russell were happy to have us and asked if we might do this again next
year. We are interested in offering an event like this next year and would be able
to have even more success and public interest.
David and Robin Lugar
Oregon Koi and Watergarden