Pond Building Seminars

Pond Building Seminars

We hold a basic Pond Building class every month, on the first Saturday from 9:30-11:00. 

Shane Stefek walks you through the process to get the water feature you are envisioning.  The class begins by going through the different water feature options to help you hone in on the one that you want; Koi Pond, Water Garden, Visual Waterfall, Pondless Waterfeature, Bog Garden, etc and then covers critical aspects of the construction process to make sure you know how to do it right the first time and create the feature you want.  The class then covers in depth the pump and filtration options, how to select them and what is best for your specific pond as well as choice of fish and plants and how to avoid predators.  Discussions around Disappearing water features and bog filtration are included if that is of interest and Shane can tailor the class to what participants are most interested in working on.

Weekend Classes at Water Garden Gems

Sketch your thoughts, take pictures, and come with questions! 

After building several ponds himself and helping countless customers with the design, construction, repair, and troubleshooting, Shane is thrilled to assist you in your project regardless of what stage you are in or questions you have.

Come out and let our experience help you build the Water Garden you inspire to have.  We have been in business here since 1990 and have assisted in countless pond creations and rebuilds over the years... possibly more last year than ever before as the trend is growing!


Shane also does several speaking engagements throughout the year around central Texas.  If you are interested in attending a unique seminar, follow us on facebook or join our emailing club to find the next location.  We attempt to stay up-to-date with the Upcoming Events page, but seminars are not always added in. 

If you are in need of a speaker, please give us a call and we will see what we can work out.  Shane has spoken at the Austin Pond Society, the SA Mens Gardners Club, the Water Gardeners of South Texas, the Texas Koi and Fancy Godlfish Club, the Botanical Gardens, the SA Home and Garden Show, the Southwest Research Institute, the 22nd Annual Texas Koi and Fancy Goldfish Show and more and will be available again for Speaking Services.


Common Speaking Topics include:

Water Gardening

Aquatic Plants

Disappearing Water Features

Creating a Backyard Oasis

Transforming your Yard with WATER

Koi Health and Water Quality

Healthy Pond Ecosystems

Bog Filtration


Need some ideas? Check out Our Ponds and Our Customers' Ponds


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