I just returned from Aquascape, Inc.’s annual conference dubbed Pondemonium. It is a yearly gathering of the country’s top pond builders, retailers, and distributors. This year’s event was held at the beautiful Q Center in St Charles, Il. The conference had a jam packed three day schedule of classes, seminars, motivational speeches, networking, and fun. Brad Barton gave an inspiring and magical talk about overcoming life’s challenges, as he did, on his way to earning the world record in the Master’s Mile. Mike Powell brought the crowd to their feet after his talk about how to be a real man. We were even visited by the incredible Dr. Pol of NatGeo Wild fame. He gave a humorous chat about the challenges of filming a reality TV series. All of the seminars were informative and entertaining. The afterhours networking was the most valuable as always. I was able to catch up with numerous old friends as well as make some new ones. There are some large and unique projects coming up that Lentzcaping will be a part of. Pondemonium 2015 was a great event and I am already looking forward to next years!
On Wednesday July 29th, Al Lentz and I travelled into downtown Philadelphia to the center for architecture. We were there to attend the Net Positive Water presentation put on by the Philadelphia Living Building Challenge Collaborative. There were four primary speakers discussing everything from creative green stormwater infrastructure to regulations to case studies to composting toilets. The speakers were all engaging and informative. One topic of specific interest was Jose Alminana’s presentation on the Phipps Conservatory. Jose is a principal at Andropogon. I was very involved with the design and construction of the stormwater component at the Phipps project. I was able to catch up with him after the presentation and it sounds like everything is working very well and they have been able to cut way down on their dependence on municipal water. Our customer, Alden Zove from Cedar Run Landscapes was also a presenter. He focused more on the residential side of things and covered a wide range of projects. Jeremy Chadwick from the Philadelphia Water Department was also there to discuss current regulations, programs, and tools that they are implementing. Overall it was a great evening of presentations and networking.