Tradeshows and Events for the Watergardening Industry
Simple Water Features: LESS will get You MORE
By Rick Bartel
Landscape Contractor National
It is not often in this modern day complex world of ours where less will get you more. Where simple, quick and easy projects can put more profit in your pocket than you could ever imagine. You can spend less time on a project; less money on labor and materials, with fewer headaches for your clients; and increase your profits at the same time. Sound too good to be true? Not anymore! Not with disappearing water features.
A disappearing water feature is a design element that primarily uses the popular and sought after sights and sounds of water movement as its primary focal point without the maintenance issues of an open body of water or pond. These innovative features can take the shape of a fountain; a weeping wall, a waterfall or a stream; that eventually drains or channels the water back into a hidden or underground reservoir. They can range in size from a small interior feature that will fit in a homes foyer; to a raging white-water mountain stream; a hundred feet long; that adorns a subdivision entrance. The underground reservoir can be camouflaged in a number of methods that will blend into any landscape surrounding. Inside, outside; large or small; commercial and residential; if you can imagine it, you can make it happen with a disappearing water feature design.
Disappearing water features have been around for many years. I remember doing our first disappearing feature back in the 1980’s. During that time we had to be innovative and completely design our systems from scratch, using whatever materials we could find and improvise or adapt them to our specialized needs. Several companies made half-hearted attempts at addressing this fascinating aspect of water feature design with a series of components that looked good on paper but didn’t really work that well out in the field. A research and development team that revolutionized the pond industry; with a skimmer so unique, it earned a U.S. Patent; has done it again as it answers the needs of contractors around the globe by significantly changing the way disappearing water features are conceived, designed and installed. Now; a water feature contractor could conceivably install small to moderate sized disappearing water features in less than a day’s time with substantial profits.
These features are quick, requiring a smaller labor force and less time with which to complete most projects. A minimal amount of materials are necessary throughout the installation process, making these systems financially advantageous. The simplicity in their design makes them easy to install with fewer situations to encounter and less training time for your employees. Safety issues are nearly nonexistent since there is no open body of water to deal with and we are probably the closest we will ever get to maintenance free in a water feature application. Nothing is ever completely maintenance free; however; these new systems are so close you won’t even have to concern yourself with maintenance issues.
The basic concept behind a disappearing water feature is to have a small rubber lined underground vault or reservoir that can be used as the holding chamber for the necessary water supply that will feed your system. Inside this reservoir is a well-housing or pump vault that will contain your pump and plumbing components for easy access later, if necessary. This well-housing will then be hidden underground; completely out of sight; where it can supply the aesthetic portion of the feature with the appropriate amount of water needed to properly prime and operate the system. Some manufacturers offer these pond free features in kits that have absolutely every aspect of the system figured for you. The appropriate size of the excavation; system components are properly sized for that particular application; even the size and amount of necessary materials has been calculated. You just simply purchase the correct sized kit that will accommodate your planned project and all of the calculations have been carefully taken care of. These manufacturers even offer accessories and additional components for their kits to further customize your systems, such as waterfall and stream accessories, automatic fill kits and lighting systems.
As with any type or style of water feature; you first need to select a location. This decision will need to take into consideration the size and style of disappearing water feature you wish to install. All three of these issues will be intimately intertwined with one another and a decision should be made jointly in regards to all three elements. Whether you select a fountain that is located over the reservoir, a waterfall that tumbles directly into the reservoir or a stream that meanders along a twenty foot sojourn to a point where it just simply vanishes; size and style will greatly effect the location of your feature.
Once you have selected the size and style of your disappearing water feature and its location has been determined; it is time to begin the excavation process. As always; for safety reasons; before any excavation work takes place; be certain that you verify the location of any underground utilities. A unique aspect of these features is that the excavation is relatively small. The systems that I use require an excavation that is only three to four feet across and only twenty inches deep; for small to moderately sized systems. A small diameter round indentation will be dug in the bottom center of the excavated hole. This will be where you place the pump well for your feature. This indentation will help to stabilize the position of the pump well. If you have chosen a waterfall or stream application in your design, place all of your excavated soil in a location where it can be utilized for the elevational drop in your system.
After the reservoir has been excavated, you simply place the underlayment and liner material in place; completely lining the excavation. You will need to leave approximately ten or twelve inches of liner or more extending outside the reservoir on three sides with all of the excess liner extending away from the reservoir in the direction of your stream or waterfall. Unlike water features with visible open bodies of water such as a pond; it is not necessary to concern yourself with folds and wrinkles in the liner when dealing with a disappearing feature. These folds will be completely hidden from view when the project has been finished. After the liner placement has been completed it’s time to add the components.
Place the pump well on top of the liner and into the indentation at the bottom of the excavation. Install the pump and discharge kit inside the well, according to manufacturers’ specifications and guidelines. At this point you can begin to bury the well with large gravel around its exterior, inside the liner. This is what makes this system so appealing to the public. By filling the reservoir with rock, you have increased the safety factors for families with small children and pets. There is no open body of water or pond to be concerned with; and there is still enough space in and around the rock to provide more than an ample supply of water with which to prime and operate your system.
Once this portion of the feature has been completed, you are ready for the aesthetic part of the project. As mentioned before; a disappearing water feature can take any size, shape or design you could possibly conceive; as long as you have made provisions to adequately control the water so that it can be returned to the reservoir once again.
Up until this point, all disappearing water features are basically the same. It is at this point that designs will fan out in many multi-faceted directions based upon your exact design intentions and goals and/or the wants and needs of your client. Most of the features I have seen recently consist of the pipe running from the pump well up to a waterfall weir where the feature can take the form of a waterfall or a stream. We could not begin to cover all of the possibilities in this one article; however we will take a little time here to hopefully spark some ideas as we look at a few of the design options available.
One particular project that was completed recently for a client that believed she could not have a water feature. There was no adequate space within the bounds of her property for such a feature; or was there? She had spent a lifetime collecting prize roses from around the world and displaying them in her beautifully landscaped garden laced with meandering pea gravel pathways. At one particular point, the pathways crossed in an intersection just large enough for a reservoir basin. The reservoir was completed and then a large antique urn was placed at the center of the intersecting paths. The surface was dressed up with pea gravel so that it appeared to be part of the original pathway. Now visitors are in awe of this beautiful piece of pottery that continually spews forth a never ending flow of water that dances eloquently over the sides of the urn to the ground below. Viewers are left in wonder as to where the water comes from or goes as there are no visible signs of an answer.
This same idea was used in a landscape bed where hardwood mulch covered the ground. A large boulder was used with a hole drilled through it so that water could bubble up in an impressive little fountain and cascade its way over the stone surface to vanish before your eyes. To make this feature disappear into the area, the reservoir surface was covered with mulch laid over a piece of underlayment material, blending it perfectly into its surroundings which stayed wet from the water and left people wondering where the endless supply of water came from. These simple disappearing fountains can really turn heads as they provide the basic aspects desired by your clients; the sights and sounds of moving water.
The same concept can be applied to waterfalls. I have seen relatively small locations easily adapted to a natural appearing waterfall that falls directly into a hidden reservoir. Small homes and condominiums can benefit from this lack of space and still entertain the addition of a water feature. Do not let space; or the lack thereof; dictate whether a client can or can not have a water feature installed. The versatility and the basic design concept of disappearing water features are limitless. An installation is only limited by the amount of space available and your imagination.
The disappearing water feature has addressed all of the important and necessary issues surrounding the likes and dislikes of water feature applications in today’s market place. Your challenge is to mold and manipulate these aspects to your benefit while maintaining a sustainable profit for your business with a satisfied list of clientele.
New Jersey Flower & Garden Show
Date: 16-FEB-12 to 19-FEB-12
New Jersey Flower & Garden Show is gathering professional florists and other specialists. This is an opportunity to meet customers, rivals and partners. Its mission is to promote the development of sector introducing foreign and home experience and horticultural novelties.
Venue: New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, Edison, New Jersey, United States Of America
The Pomona Home & Garden Show
Date: 17-FEB-12 to 19-FEB-12
The Pomona Home & Garden Show is one of the leading home dcor and garden Show in the region. The show brings forth new and innovative ideas for dcor. Visitors get to directly interact with the various business related to this field and get their questions answered by them directly. The show enjoys a tremendous response from visitors who religiously follow the event with great enthusiasm.
The Pomona Spring Home & Garden Show acts as a unique meeting place for the professionals associated with this industry from the contractors, to landscape artists and designers. Being such a huge melting pot of varied professionals the event provides the ideal grounds for networking, building business contacts, product launches and entering new markets.
Venue: Fairplex Pomona, Pomona, California, United States Of America
Naples Home & Garden Show
Date: 18-FEB-12 to 19-FEB-12
Naples Home and Garden Show is going to be one of the best ventures in the region of Naples. The expo will be concentrating on the home and garden extravaganzas of classic exuberance. The exhibition will be attended by both national and international visitors.
Naples Home and Garden Show will be one of the outstanding trade extravaganzas of its kind. There will be huge emergence of exhibitors and visitors attending the expo to come across with the latest trends and fashion of the home and dcor of modern manifestation. The show will be organized by the prolific Expo Marketing Inc.
Venue: Naples Italian American Club, Naples, Florida, United States Of America
Portland Spring Home & Garden Show
Date: 22-FEB-12 to 26-FEB-12
The Portland Home and Garden Show is the perfect solution to all the requirements of the people related to Home and Garden .The event is one of the largest shows in Oregon related to Home and Garden. The event is the 65th annual Portland Home and Garden Show. It will last for five days. The event show cases 15 gorgeous which catch the attraction of lot of visitors from all over the world.Apart from these, the event hosts around 100 of vendors from all over the world. One can find everything in this event like new garden designs,colour trends, stunning materials and plants of different and latest variety to ones own interest and taste.
Venue: Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center, Portland, Oregon, United States Of America
New York Farm Show
Date: 23-FEB-12 to 25-FEB-12
New York Farm Show is going to be held for two days in the eminent New York State Fairgrounds. This prolific expo will be concentrating on the farm products. This is one of the most visited fairs for the farmers and different organizers and associations of the farming, dairy and animal slaughter houses.
New York Farm Show is an annual trade show of international facilities and demand. There will be more than 400 exhibitors joining the expo. This gigantic expo will be organizes under professional supervision. More than 1000 visitors are going to attend the expo of farm in the city of New York.
Venue: New York State Fairgrounds, New York, United States Of America
St. Louis Builder Home & Garden Show
Date: 23-FEB-12 to 26-FEB-12
St. Louis Builders Home & Garden Show is the largest quality consumer home show in North America. The show has been in existence for more than 25 years and is the place for area consumers to see, touch, compare and buy everything they need for their homes and gardens.
Venue: Americas Center & Dome, St Louis, Missouri, United States Of America
Connecticut Flower & Garden Show
Date: 23-FEB-12 to 26-FEB-12
The upcoming Annual Connecticut Flower & Garden Show will take place in 2012 in the month of February and its inauguration will be 23rd. The show will last till 26th. The Show will be the 30th edition of event and it is enough to make us aware about the success of the event. As per the organizing body the upcoming show will be much better in comparison to the last organized show and will see a big crowd. The show will be organized at the venue of Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford. The show will help people to increase their knowledge about flowers and to make them understand how they go for profitable gardening. Many exhibitors will be there to show case their products.
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Of America
Western Farm Show
Date: 24-FEB-12 to 26-FEB-12
Western Farm Show is one of the famous events which are going to be organized from February 24th to 26th 2012 in Kansas City. This is an annual event which is held every year at the allocated venue. With the completion of this event, it will complete its 51th anniversary. Western Farm Show is three day convention and is one of the largest Farm Show in the country. Whether one has to buy or sell the It is the right place for the same in every February. The show features aisles and aisles of the latest farm and livestock equipment, buildings, fertilizer, feed, seed and much more. The Family Living Center and Health & Safety Roundup provide products and information for the entire family.
Venue: The American Royal Center, Kansas City, Missouri, United States Of America
Pennsylvania Garden Expo
Date: 24-FEB-12 to 26-FEB-12
Pennsylvania Garden Expo is gathering professional horticulturists, florists and other specialists. This is an opportunity to meet customers, rivals and buyers PA landscapers design and build more than 50,000 square feet of beautiful display gardens. Its mission is to promote the development of sector introducing flowers & garden and horticultural novelties.
Venue: PA State Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States Of America
Date: 25-FEB-12 to 26-FEB-12
Garden Market-Cincinnati has already set itself as the must-attend event in the horticultural calendar of the Cincinnati. Market-Cincinnati will be opened to public, who will take pleasure in walking around lovely natural and landscaped gardens, while finding all they need for their balconies, terraces and gardens.
Venue: Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Of America
KCSD Koi Show
Date: 25-FEB-12 to 26-FEB-12
KCSD Koi Show is one of the largest ornamental fish sector trade shows in the United States. The show ranks high on the popularity count, with a large number of industry professionals attending the show at each of its editions. The business networking opportunities available at the show are extensive and a wide variety of koi are put on exhibit here, ranging right from fishes of size under 8 inches to those over 28 inches. The Awards Banquet session features among the prime highlights of the event and the latest market trends and updates are closely deliberated upon here. Topical Judges Discussions are scheduled at the show and a Koi Auction event is also held here. Long fin fishes are exhibited during the show as well. The event is held over a period of two days and a separate Gin Rin class is also organized here. The show is billed as one of the top hobbyist Koi shows in the country and features active media participation as well.
Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California, United States Of America
Southwest Florida Home & Garden Show
Date: 25-FEB-12 to 26-FEB-12
Southwest Florida Home and Garden Show is going to be one of the much visited events of the region. The exclusive venue is going to be attended by large number of exhibitors and visitors in the show. The expo will be focusing into the marketing and the expansion of the business of the exhibitors of the event.
Southwest Florida Home and Garden Show is going to be one of the outstanding events that will be literally focusing into the marketing strategies of the home and garden extravaganzas. The expo is going to witness a huge gathering of people looking for a remodeling of their home or to refurbish their present home decor.
Venue: Germain Arena, Estero, Florida, United States Of America
IOWA Howkeye Farm Show
Date: 28-FEB-12 to 01-MAR-12
IOWA Howkeye Farm Show will be organized on 28 Feb to 01 Mar 2012. This is a big opportunity for the exhibitors to showcase their products. They will display their products and services in the areas of cattle farming and agriculture. The event will be useful for the old as well as the new farmers. Each and every information and service related to farming and cattle farming will be provided to the visitors. The event is beneficial for both the exhibitors as well as the visitors. Variety of products will be exhibited in IOWA Howkeye Farm Show for the visitors. The participants will get the latest information about the products.
Venue: Clarion Inn and Days Inn, Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States Of America
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show-Charlotte
Date: 29-FEB-12 to 04-MAR-12
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show - Charlotte is largest home & garden trade show in the USA. This exhibition will focus on home improvement, home & gardens design, residential architect builder, custom home. It will attract many visitors & more than 100 exhibitors from USA and around the world.
Venue: Charlotte The Park Expo & Conference Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Of America
Visitor Registration The Flower & Patio Show
Date: 02-MAR-12 to 04-MAR-12
The Flower & Patio Show is gathering professional horticulturists, florists and other specialists. The event will provide an opportunity to meet customers, rivals and partners. The exhibition usually engages attention of professionals and those who have a dedication to gardening as a leisure-time activity. The expo will be taking place at the DCU Center, Massachusetts.
Venue: DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States Of America
Richmond Home & Garden Show
Date: 02-MAR-12 to 04-MAR-12
Richmond Home & Garden Show is an annual event which will be going to held at the Richmond Raceway Complex. This leading trade show will showcase latest and wide range of products for related industry under single roof. Its the 36th edition of the session and being organized by Affinity, Inc.
Venue: Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, United States Of America
Visitor Registration MGIA Annual Trade Show & Convention
Date: 06-MAR-12 to 07-MAR-12
MGIA Annual Trade Show & Convention is one of the astounding events which covers all the aspects related to gardens, terraces and paths, flower beds, hedges, plants of all kinds, pond and pool design, and many more aspects related to the home and gardening industry. It will feature a wide range of latest products and services such as lawn & landscape equipment, heavy duty equipment, snow equipment, trucks, nursery stock, chemicals, hardscapes, irrigation, water features & lighting supplies, business related equipment and services and much more. MGIA Annual Trade Show & Convention will be able to offer everything that is required to make your garden a dream garden.
Venue: Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan, United States Of America
Visitor Registration Northern California Active Sports Market
Date: 06-MAR-12 to 08-MAR-12
Sports are the part of the human life since human being came in existence. The event Northern California Active Sports Market will be like a festival for the people whom sports are the passion for. The visitors will be able to go through the products being showcased in the event. This Northern California Active Sports Market will help visitors to go through the equipments, dresses & other products which are being used in sports activities. The leading manufacturing companies, retailers, exporters and importers will be seen in the event with their business interests. According to the organizers body, no one will go sad by the outcomes of the event.
Venue: Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada, United States Of America
Visitor Registration Lane County Home & Garden Show
Date: 08-MAR-12 to 11-MAR-12
Lane County Home & Garden Show is a largest home & garden trade fair in the USA. This fair will focus on the latest manufacturers and suppliers, designers of home & garden products and services. It emphasizes on the finishing touches that make a house efficient. It will attract many visitors & total 900 exhibitors in all events with 350 exhibitors only in this exhibition.
Venue: Lane Events Center, Eugene, Oregon, United States Of America