Puget Sound Koi Club's Grant Article
The Puget Sound Koi Club was very busy this year
with efforts to host the 2013 PNKCA convention the weekend of July 5 – 7. The
PSKC still made time to participate in a number of activities designed to promote the hobbies of koi keeping and water gardening
to the local community. This was particularly important this year since we elected
not to conduct our annual young koi show due to the time and efforts necessary to host the convention.
We staffed a booth at the annual customer appreciation day held at Hoshi Koi on Saturday, June 15th. We were able to provide useful information
to current and prospective pond and Koi keepers and we distributed promotional information for the upcoming convention.
we staffed a booth at the Puyallup Spring Fair held at the Western Washington Fair Grounds in Puyallup, Washington from April
11 - 14, 2013. Our long term participation in 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 good attendance with over 100,000 guests over the 4 day run.
Tens of thousands of visitors passed by the booth and hundreds stopped by see the display Koi, 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 the upcoming annual
PNKCA convention as well as other aspects of the hobby, including club and PNKCA membership.
We obtained contact information for about 25 guests for follow up and potential membership in the club.
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 many years.
Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society's Grant
Members of the Oregon Koi and Water Garden Association spent the day at
the Roseburg, Oregon Saturday Market. The market, an eclectic group with over 50 booths of crafts, organic foods, fruits and
vegetables, nursery plants and entertainment seemed a good choice to spread the word about koi, koi care, and water gardens.
Members Faye Forhan, Pama Bangeman, Mary Harper and Jesse and Donna Montoya manned our information booth. We had handouts
on winterizing ponds, filtration, water lily plant care and division of water plants, basic koi health and our club membership
pamphlet. We brought a small decorative water plant bowl to show that you can start small and build as you learn. It is absolutely
amazing how many people have some sort of water feature in their yards. The day went quickly as we fielded questions and handed
out information to interested folks. Our first goal was to improve the knowledge of current koi and goldfish owners that were
unaware of our club and the wealth of information available from members. Our second goal was to encourage individuals who
were interested in water gardens but hesitant to take that first step to feel comfortable taking the "plunge".
Inland Empire Koi & Watergarden Society's
Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society was invited to be special guests
at the “Swimming in Flowers” Flower Show at Spokane Community College in 2013.
We were invited because of the theme. The theme was played out with a
of floral arrangements of Koi. We had
our booth directly across from this display.
participation included having an information booth, large posters of award
winning koi from Japan, a coloring table for the young and young at heart, a
small tank with baby koi, informational pamphlets and volunteers ready to give
answers on our club, ponds of all kinds, koi and goldfish, our upcoming pond
tour, and where to get water plants – at the Garden Expo at our club’s booth!
you so much to our volunteers: Linda
Seifert, Frank Rehn, and Diana Lynn Rehn.
flower show was put on by SCC’s Horticultural program to earn money for the
agricultural and horticultural students’ travel expenses to state and national
competitions. This was an upscale,
quality event to showcase local florists, garden centers, landscape architects,
artists, and various other vendors. This
Show is similar to the Garden Expo, but with approximately 90 vendors focusing
more on floral and floral arranging, and incorporating floral into landscape.
year this event grows. There weren’t as
many vendors as The Garden Expo, which has over 300, but this year there was
quite a crowd. Some of the vendors there
had a wide variety of spring-blooming plants which were a welcome sight after
such a long winter. Lots of garden art
and other attractions were available.
show this year started at 9 a.m. and ended at 5:00 p.m. We were requested to
stay until the end so anyone
who decided to come late in the afternoon would still have vendors to see. We
enjoyed talking to those that stopped by
and coloring with the young ones.
presentation room had floral arrangements done by the students, which were
absolutely gorgeous (along with vendors). The floral arrangements were
judged. The arrangements were varied in
textures and colors. So beautiful to see
as it was cold and wet outside.
in all, it was a very pleasant day, with many people stopping by asking about
our club and ponds in general. Next year
the SCC Flower Show will be held on April 12, 2014. This event is Free and the
Free. Keep it in mind when you want
to pick up some of those first –blooming
plants of the year!
Washington Koi & Water Garden Society's
This June, a small team of WK&WGS members staged
an outreach event at Sky Nursery. The
early reports are quite encouraging, as members handed out numerous membership
flyers along with copious tips, references, magazines and the occasional
Following an identical outreach event at Sky Nursery
last Fall, we realized that a Spring date would be the key to reaching larger
numbers of people. Joe Abken, Sky
Nursery’s General Manager, was very receptive to our return visit, and offered
a range of suitable dates. Once the June
1st date was set, members started to pitch in.
Don and Lorie Lyman offered a selection of their koi for display. The
set-up team convened on Friday night, and
after Ted Baughman, Lucy MacNeil and Nancy Moore collected supplies from the
storeroom, they met with Elizabeth Good and Don Lyman at Sky Nursery to prepare
the site, fill the tank and decorate the booth.
Saturday morning started at Don and Lorie Lyman’s house, when Nic Damon
of Pan Intercorp selected, netted and bagged five beautiful fish. Meanwhile,
over at Sky Nursery, Helena
Hileman entertained the numerous earlybirds clamoring to see koi. From the moment
fish arrived, all of the
volunteers found themselves in conversations with multiple onlookers.
A big shout-out thank you is owed to Bill Tullis,
who dropped everything to bring his personal air pump over on short
notice! Dan Forkan, Bob Sowell and Barb
Sundgren continued the outreach event throughout the afternoon, before Chris Charbonneau
and Elizabeth Good joined Ted in bagging fish, breaking down the tank and
cleaning the site.
Thank you to everyone involved in a very successful
event. It was great to see the big
billboard out front promoting the WK&WGS, and even more fun to see peoples
faces light up at the sight of big, beautiful koi.
Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club's Grant
Cascade Koi & Goldfish Club’s Display
at the Portland Spring Home & Garden Show, Feb 20-24, 2013.
Gees, did we have a time of it at this show! The show was almost completely ‘home’ and very little ‘garden’
which was very disappointing to us garden types, but, in another way, it prevented us from spending too much on plants we
could probably do without!
The club spruced up the display a bit
this year; new tablecloths and some pretty fish flags. The crowd was still confused
what we were about, but those of us with good lungs and a willing attitude soon reeled them into the booth promising to answer
all their pond and fishy questions…and did we ever. As usual the main topics
were water clarity (not quality – amazing how people focus on the visual and ignore the mandatory), filtration issues
There were some very lucky ponds that
were fed and maintained by localized streams, never really needing water changes since they happened naturally. But one, poor man, was unlucky enough to have his large pond situated in bovine country and apparently
their ‘stream’ and well water were very high in nitrogen. Top that
off with happy spawning fish and he had over 100 fish (a guess on his part) surviving in an approximately 13,000 to 14,000
gallon, pea soup green pond and unfortunately gasping for air. The good and the
bad all rolled into one. We spoke with him for a long time.
We all had fun, some of us getting away with
just one or two plants, some with silly yard art. That’s the way it goes…
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