Epcot Center Showcases Water Gardens with the Help of Aquascape Designs
Aquascape Designs and a select group of Certified Aquascape Contractors (CAC) traveled to Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center for the fourth year in a row to showcase water features. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival made a statement once again that water features are hot and they’re here to stay by including them in the exhibit.
This year’s task was to build five water features overnight, while the park was closed. The team worked for eight hours straight over night, completing the work in three days. The water features constructed were of varying shapes and sizes. There was a 50-feet Pondless Waterfall fed by a 4500 pump. An 8-feet by 6-feet liner pond, complete with a 2500 UltraKlean pressure filter and a 1500 AquaForce pump was also featured, complete with a 200 gph Ultra pump running into a frog spitter. An 8-feet by 11-feet micro pond kit was constructed, along with a container water garden with ceramic pots and a compass fountain. A 16-feet by 12-feet pond, constructed with two Signature Series 6000 BIOFALLS filters and two 4500 pumps was a highlight of the show.
Aquascape Designs’ Ed Beaulieu, Brian Helfrich, and Tavia Tawney led the crew for this year’s Epcot build. The Certified Aquascape Contractors who pitched in were Cliff McCready from Gulf Coast Aquascapes in Pensacola, Fla,; Mark Carter from Carter’s Nursery, Pond, and Patio, Inc., Jackson, Tenn.; Rich Nichol from Nature Coast Aquascape in Floral City, Fla.; Gerard Touhey from International Water Features by Gerard from Easton, Pa., and Ireland; Scott Hammond from Blue Creek Landscape in Ellensburg, Wash.; Diane Baker from James Ponds in Perkiomenville, Pa.; Leon Gray from The Natural Touch in Fullerton, Calif.; Randy Young from Tranquil Waterscape Designs in Franklin, Tenn.; Mike Nickles from Paradise Ponds and Waterfalls in San Angelo, Texas; Tim Trammel from Continental Ponds in Yukon, Okla.; and Mike Skalecki from Pond Professors. Inc. in Janesville, Wis.
Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival runs from April 21-June 11th, 2006. For more information on Aquascape Designs’ products and programs, log onto www.aquascapedesigns.com or call 1-866-877-6637 (US) or 866-766-3426 (CAN).
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