Aquascape, Inc. has scheduled its first-ever “Extreme Green Community Makeover” to be held during its 10th anniversary of Pondemonium, the water garden industry’s premiere business and networking event. On July 17-18, an entire neighborhood will receive a green makeover by incorporating rainwater harvesting solutions, native plantings, pervious patios, LED landscape lighting and more.
Residents of Lakes of Bliss Woods in Sugar Grove, Ill. will reap conservation benefits when Aquascape contractors from across the nation “green” their community. Ed Beaulieu, chief sustainability officer for Aquascape, Inc., and his wife Ellen, initiated the Extreme Green Community Makeover in their neighborhood and received an overwhelming response.
“Neighborhoods created before the popularity of sustainable landscapes can be retrofitted to become environmentally friendly,” said Beaulieu. “Outdoor conservation efforts need not be limited to new construction sites. Our vision is to create a template for contractors or homeowner associations to implement in greening communities across North America.”
More than 30 rainwater harvesting projects are currently slated for the Extreme Green Community Makeover and include ecosystem ponds, rain gardens, RainXchange Rain Barrels, and the RainXchange System paired with a Pondless Waterfall, decorative fountain, or pervious pavers and fountain. LED lighting installations, native plantings, and permeable patios will also be incorporated into the residential landscapes. A large aeration system will be added to the community’s retention pond and native plantings will be added to the banks of the pond.
The Conservation Foundation will be on hand to certify yards that qualify for its Conservation @ Home program. Qualifying yards will receive a sign identifying it as a wildlife haven and environmentally friendly yard. Partners working with Aquascape to create the first-ever Extreme Green Community Makeover include Unilock of Aurora, IL; JFNew of Walkerton, Indiana; Aqua Control of Spring Valley, IL; and the Conservation Foundation of Naperville, IL.
Pondemonium attendees installing eco-friendly projects in the Extreme Green Community Makeover will receive valuable hands-on training for sustainable landscape projects using the RainXchange System. In addition, they can earn credit toward becoming a Certified RainXchange Professional – Aquascape’s newest certification program that focuses on environmental practices. Advanced and standard pond builds will also provide credits for the Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC) program.
The 10-year anniversary celebration of Pondemonium® from July 16-19 offers additional hands-on training sessions, workshops, keynote addresses and networking opportunities. In addition, Aquascape is hosting the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society’s (IWGS) annual symposium. Attendees to either event are encouraged and welcome to attend both organizations’ activities offered during the week.
Pondemonium 2009 offers something for everyone, whether a veteran water gardener or someone just getting started with water features. For more information about the Extreme Green Community Makeover, log onto http://www.aquascapeinc.com/pondemonium/extreme-green-community-makeover. For additional information on Pondemonium in general, visit www.pondemonium.org or call 866-877-6637 (US) or 866-766-3426 (CAN).