History of Water Garden Gems

The History of Water Garden Gems

In 1990, Burton and Sally Nichols started Water Garden Gems here in Marion, Texas on an almost 100-year old farmhouse on Interstate 10. They held Pond Building classes outside and built one pond at a time, bringing Koi and Fancy Goldfish to central Texas.  They started with knowledge and a love for Water Gardens and Koi and through the years built the largest full service Koi and Water Garden retailer in Texas and the surrounding states. 

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From a farmhouse and a vision, we now have over a dozen display ponds, a huge Koi pavilion holding the largest assortment of adult Koi in any retail establishment in Texas, over 80 species of water lilies and water plants, and a store filled with multiple suppliers of pumps, filtration system, pond lights, UV Clarifiers, fountains and miscellaneous gift items on one of the nicest 3.5 acre properties you will ever walk through. Add some statuary, yard decorations, hand crafted and painted ceramics and an array of water spitters and fountain options and you're guaranteed to enjoy every visit! CLICK HERE to see what we have for you.

In July of 2013, Alona and Shane Stefek joined the Water Garden Gems family and Water Garden Gems is now being led into its second generation, continuing the tradition of excellence and industry leadership. Keeping Water Garden Gems “Family Owned and Operated” is a big deal for us because we desire to continue to serve and supply our customers at the high level to which they have become accustomed while adding new life and new vision to the company.  Growing this family atmosphere here at Water Garden Gems is fundamental to our Mission Statement and to our belief system: moving forward within our family traditions and creating a service unmatched in the industry. 

Shane and Alona Stefek have three boys adding their special touch and character to the place as well.  If you are looking for beautiful Water Lilies, choice Koi, or bullfrog tadpoles, you are likely to meet and be assisted by one of the family. It is truly a family business with new faces and energy abounding around every corner.  We look forward to giving you something new and exciting everytime you walk through our gates as we take Water Garden Gems forward into the next generation of Water Gardening...

It’s been an awesome road for Water Garden Gems! You know what we look like… Now check out some of the pictures we dug up from the past.


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