Q: What is the Colorado Parade of Ponds?
A: The Colorado Parade of Ponds is an annual self-guided tour of 40 spectacular ponds
through the Denver Metro area. It is the fifth largest pond tour in the country and also
serves as a community fundraiser.
Q: Who benefits from the Parade of Ponds?
A: Ticket sale proceeds are donated to a variety of organizations ranging from nonprofits, 501c3 charities, hospitals, private schools, medical research groups and so on.
Q: Where can I buy tickets?
A: Tickets are available at several locations throughout the Denver Metro area including:
· True Pump & Equipment, 1429 South Broadway, Denver
· Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
· Nick’s Garden Center, 2001 South Chambers Road, Aurora
· Tagawa Garden Center, 7711 South Parker Road, Aurora
· O’Toole’s Garden Center, 5201 S. Federal Blvd., Littleton
· O’Toole’s Garden Center, 1404 Quail Street, Lakewood
· Enery Water Gardens, 7601 Indiana Street, Arvada
· Timberline Gardens, 11700 W. 58th Avenue, Arvada
· Echter’s Greenhouse & Gardens, 5150 Garrison Street, Arvada
Q: Why should I attend the Parade of Ponds?
A: The Parade of Ponds offers a lot to see whether you are a water garden enthusiast,
thinking of building a pond, already have a pond or just simply enjoy seeing beautifully
landscaped yards of different sizes and styles. The event will not disappoint!
Q: What will I see on the tour?
A: Each pond features the homeowner’s unique approach to water gardening from
small, intimate ponds, to large, elaborate water gardens, and everything in between.
You will see a huge variety of water plants and fish.
Q: Who sponsors the event?
A: The North American Water Garden Society and BR&D Landscape. BR&D, the 10th
largest Certified Aquascape Contractor in the nation, is headquartered in Franktown,
Colorado. The company specializes in custom landscape design and installation for
businesses or residences in the southern metro area. BR&D takes pride in the community
and is very pleased to sponsor this fun event.
Q: Isn’t building and maintaining a pond expensive?
A: Natural ecosystem ponds are low maintenance, similar to other elements in a garden.
The plants need to be trimmed and fertilized, but they don’t ever have to be watered!
The tradeoff is the amount of enjoyment and “backyard therapy” they provide, which
rivals anything else in a yard. Some people say they stay home more because sitting by
their pond is like going on vacation, so the expense depends on your perspective. The
prices for most new ponds range from $4,000-$15,000.
Q: Doesn’t a pond take too much water in our semi-arid state?
A: When a pond replaces bluegrass, water use is often less. Besides removing grass to
build a pond, there’s often a large swath of mulched gardens surrounding the pond.
Q: What if I want fish in my pond? Won’t they die in the winter?
A: Fish may be the best part of the pond. They’re colorful, add movement, and are very
low maintenance. In the winter, they go to the bottom of the pond and when they
emerge again in the spring you’ll be amazed at how much they’ve grown.