2017 PNKCA Grant Articles and Pictures
Oregon Koi & Water Garden Society
At Plant and
Garden Expo 2017
and watergarden society had a booth at the Master gardeners plant and garden expo May 6th at the fairgrounds in
Roseburg. Members came the night before to set up the booth and decorate with pictures of ponds
and fish from shows. The
club got bog plants from a wholesaler, with the help of Bill Harper and Kim Brock. The plant sales
was to get people that
might have water gardens or ponds to stop by to let them know about the club and up and coming
events, like our koi expo we
were having the next month. We sold a few plants and met a few people that was interested in the
club. Oregon Koi and Watergarden
Society fliers were handed out and water garden plant info sheets with the plants that were sold.
Everyone that helped out
had lots of fun talking with the public and other members that showed up.
Inland Empire Water Garden & Koi Society
in Garden Expo 2017
Wonderful Posters and Informational Cards
Expo is put on annually by The Inland Empire Gardeners. It has grown from 90 garden-related vendors and 2,000 people
attending in 2000 to 350 garden-related vendors and over 25,000 people attending in 2017. Many
of these people come to our
booth each year to ask pond related questions, including how to care for plants and what type of
plants to put in their water
gardens, problems they are having with their ponds, advice on the fish they have, both koi and
goldfish. Our club members
relish in helping these people.
Linda Seifert of our club put together wonderful posters and information cards for each plant.
The information cards are
made of water-proof paper, full color pictures of the type of flowers, and information on that
plant easy to read and readily
available for the customers to be able to see. Many people come to our booth to learn about the
plants and be directed on
what types of plants we have and that would look good in their ponds.
Cards in each type of plant:
also put together a poster of the same information on each of the plants as well as our water lilys that are
available. These colorful posters help attract people to our booth where they are assisted and
given a weath of information
regarding ponds and koi. Each year people come back with their current concerns and to fill in
their water gardens with new
plants we may have available. Both the posters and the information signs help not only the customers
but the members that
are helping out in the booth. It helps that the Members can give out accurate information and
recommendations to those that
On the column is one of the Informational Poster with the Water Lily's Available. Hard at work are (R to L): Colleen
McCalip, John Seifert, Linda Seifert, and Jackie Kabrell.
Here is an example of one of the "Informational Card" that we stick in the plant.
Linda Seifert puts many hours into preparing these posters (I think she made 8
posters in 2017) and informational cards
(out of water proof paper for each variety of plant we had). This is so much appreciated
and has really helped enhanced our
sales in 2017 and made our booth the best, both for our Club and the public! We thank
her so much for the work she did for
the Garden Expo in 2017 (and many other years).
We look forward to the next Garden Expo in 2018 and thank all our Members for participating!
The Idaho Water Garden and
4, 2017 the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society presented a booth at the annual Japan Days event located in downtown
Boise on the historic Basque Block. The entire street was blocked off and vendors with Japanese
goods and foods filled the
area. Inside there were dancers, singers and drummers. Outside there was great snacks, interactive
games and a display by
the IWGKS. Members set up an eye-catching booth featuring koinobori, large koi sculptures and of
course, live fish. People
from all ages flocked to the booth to learn more about koi and the club. Many membership forms
were handed out and future
members contacted. The event continues to improve yearly with more attendance and more vendors
Koi & Goldfish Club
April 8th 2017
|Club Members Karen and Linda
Koi and Goldfish Club joined others on Saturday April 8th, 2017 at the 2017 Camilla Festival in Newburg, Oregon.
This was our 3rd year at the show, sharing the joys of koi keeping, and what we do as a club
in educating our members,
and promoting the hobby overall. There was a Camellia competition, Taiko drummers, karate demos,
hula dancers and plants
for sale as well as many other exhibits. There was even a run in the morning for those that felt
gave a great presentation, this year covering pond design and construction.
The club set
up a 6' show so we could share the beauty of our koi with the visitors to the show in person. This was a big
hit with all those that visited our booth.
Information about koi keeping and applications to join the club were available as well. We
even had two new members join!!
The grant from the PNKCA allows us to continue to reach out, promoting koi keeping, and sharing
our love of the hobby.
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