Aquascape Inc. is excited to offer 20+ years of water feature industry expertise through two new educational portals; Aquascape Academy Online that launches January 1st, 2014, and instructor-led classroom and hands-on training sessions held at the company headquarters beginning January 21st.
“Aquascape is embracing the digital frontier by providing free online training for anyone wishing to learn about installing, maintaining, marketing, and retailing water features,” states Greg Wittstock, founder and CEO of Aquascape, Inc. “I couldn’t be more excited to leverage Aquascape’s broad range of experience and resources to educate others on the business and lifestyle of water features!”
Aquascape Academy Online offers a variety of free courses to help contractors, retailers, and distributors succeed and prosper with water features. Course components continuously evolve for varying degrees of experience and knowledge and include video sessions, iPad tutorials, a variety of digital resources, PowerPoint presentations, and quizzes to test knowledge gained throughout the coursework. Water feature professionals are able to access the online training platform to help fulfill requirements for becoming a Certified Aquascape Contractor. What’s more, participants can earn badges to share on social sites to document their progress!
Also being offered is Aquascape Academy Hands-On training and classroom sessions at Aqualand, the company’s corporate headquarters located in St. Charles, Illinois. The free two-day, instructor-led classroom and hands-on training sessions educate attendees on why water features are a smart choice for growing their business and expanding profits in 2014 and beyond. Hands-on construction segments are held in Aquascape’s new climate-controlled training facility and provide valuable in-the-field experience for both new and experienced water feature installers. The combined classroom and hands-on sessions are currently slated for January 21-22, February 18-19, and March 4-5.
For more information about Aquascape Academy Online or to register for instructor-led classroom and hands-on sessions, call 866.877.6637 or visit www.aquascapeacademy.com.
Aquascape is proud to announce its new Algaecide to help pond and waterfall owners combat string algae and green water. Aquascape Algaecide is a liquid algae control product ideal for use in ornamental fish ponds, water gardens, fountains, and container water gardens.
“The number one complaint of ornamental water feature owners is the occurrence of unsightly string algae and green water,” states Scott Rhodes, Director of Product Marketing for Aquascape, Inc. “Our new Aquascape Algaecide greatly reduces pond maintenance by effectively clearing green water and controlling string algae.”
Benefits and features of Aquascape’s Algaecide include:
Aquascape Algaecide is available in 4 different sizes ranging from an 8.5 oz bottle treating up to 2,500 gallons of water to a one gallon container treating up to 40,000 gallons of water. To check for availability of Aquascape Algaecide in your area, call 866-877-6637. For more information on Aquascape’s products and services, log onto www.aquascapeinc.com.
Aquascape, Inc. is proud to announce EPA registration of its 2013 IonGen™. The IonGen™ is an electronic water clarifier for use in ornamental ponds and waterfalls.
The IonGen™ effectively kills algae without the use of traditional liquid chemicals and is designed with a microprocessor that sends a signal to its probe. The probe then produces ions to help control algae throughout the entire water feature.
“The IonGen™ System is one of our most effective methods for controlling string algae in ponds, Pondless® Waterfalls and other decorative water features.” states Dave Kelly, Aquascape's Vice President of Product Management.
“There are many great benefits in using the IonGen™,” Kelly said. “But the number one comment we hear from customers is that the IonGen™ allows them to spend less time maintaining their water feature and more time enjoying it.”
Features and benefits of Aquascape’s 2013 IonGen™ include:
To check for availability of the 2013 IonGen™ in your area, call 866-877-6637.
Aquascape, Inc. sets the date of August 22nd to 24th for its annual Pondemonium® training event, which is now in its 13th season as the pond industry’s premiere business and networking event for distributors, contractors, and retailers. This year’s theme, Fit for the Fight, focuses on keeping your water garden business in shape in order to meet the ever-changing demands of today’s market.
“We already have some amazing events planned for this year’s Pondemonium®,” says Greg Wittstock, founder and CEO of Aquascape, Inc. “We’ve secured Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago for our kick-off party and hands-on training sessions.” In addition, Wittstock will interview former Navy Seal Jim Walston during the event’s keynote address on Friday morning.
Pond tours, hands-on construction training, new product showcases, business and marketing seminars, and networking events round out the menu of opportunities for Pondemonium® attendees. Held at Aquascape’s headquarters in St. Charles, Illinois, Pondemonium® immediately follows the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago, allowing participants the opportunity to attend both events.
To learn more about Pondemonium®, log onto www.pondemonium.com.
Aquascape introduces its new Floating Plant Island, an ideal solution for displaying marginal aquatic plants in deeper areas of the pond where there are no plant shelves. The floating planter effectively keeps the soil intact and lets water in while protecting plants from fish.
“Many pond owners don’t have shelves in their ponds and have been asking for an efficient way to incorporate marginal plants into their water garden,” states Scott Rhodes, Director of Product Marketing for Aquascape, Inc. “Our Floating Plant Island is constructed to stay afloat at the surface of the pond and works well in all types of pond construction, including preformed ponds.”
The 15x11” Floating Plant Island retails for $26.98 and is equipped with an anchoring loop for positioning plants. Extremely easy to use, the Floating Plant Island is an economical way to add the beauty of marginal plants to any pond.
For more information about the Floating Plant Island and other Aquascape products, download the Aquascape catalog at www.aquascapeinc.com/product-catalogs or call 866-877-6637 (US) or 866-766-3426 (CAN).
St. Charles, IL – A team of Aquascape Foundation volunteers installed a 15,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system in the Dominican Republic at FilterPure Filters, a non profit organization committed to providing safe drinking water to at-risk populations of the developing world. The captured and stored rainwater will be used to aid production of FilterPure’s ceramic water filtration device that is distributed throughout the region.
The newly installed RainXchange® System captures and stores rainwater from the roof of FilterPure’s plant in a subsurface reservoir where it can be accessed for aid in production of the filters that are made from local red clay, sawdust, and colloidal silver. Additionally, the water is available to the community for use in daily needs such as washing and showering. Ed Beaulieu, director of contractor development and field research for Aquascape, designed the system for the plant and led the construction process during the week of February 18, 2013.
“Installing the RainXchange® System for Lisa Ballantine’s FilterPure Filter’s organization was truly rewarding,” says Carla Wittstock, president of the Aquascape Foundation. “Lisa was an inspiration to me and motivated me to start the Aquascape Foundation. I’m so grateful to our group of volunteers who helped with this project and made it possible to increase production of the water purifying filters.”
Aquascape Foundation volunteers who participated in the rainwater harvesting project included Greg Wittstock, CEO and founder of Aquascape Inc in St. Charles, IL; Foundation president Carla Wittstock, Wayne, IL; Foundation vice-president, Ed Beaulieu of Aquascape, Inc; Kathy Smith of Tropical Water Gardens in Deland, FL; Sean Frost and April Dugan of Nature Scapes in Grafton, NE; Paul Rubel of Northern Cascade Supplies in New Milford, NJ; Pieter VanWestervelt and Debra Cianfrone of Premium Aquascapes in New Milford, NJ; Al Lentz of Lentzcaping in Warminster, PA; Jaak Harju of Atlantis Watergardening in Rockaway, NJ; Paul Edling of Bloodgood Landscape in Horsham, PA; and Paul Covarrubias of Aquascape, Inc in St. Charles, IL
For more information on the Aquascape Foundation and its mission, log onto www.aquascapefoundation.org. For information on Aquascape’s RainXchange® rainwater harvesting system, visit www.aquascapeinc.com. For information on FilterPure Filters, visit www.filterpurefilters.org.
The Aquascape Foundation is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization established in 2008. The mission of The Foundation is to create sustainable solutions for the world-wide water crisis. The purpose of The Foundation is to promote awareness of water as our most precious resource through environmental, educational and philanthropic efforts.
Aquascape is North America’s leading innovator in the water gardening industry. Aquascape invented the low-maintenance, naturally balanced ecosystem pond that is the # 1 contractor-installed water garden. The St. Charles, Illinois headquarters, dubbed “Aqualand,” received Silver Level recognition in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating system. Aquascape’s mission is to help our customers succeed at building, selling, and retailing water garden products while supplying innovative products and solutions that capture, clean and reuse our planet’s most valuable resource - water. Aquascape and its vast network of Authorized AquascapePRO™ Distributors sell exclusively to contractors and retailers. Founded in 1991, Aquascape made the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies four years in a row. In 2005, founder and CEO Greg Wittstock was named one of America’s Best Bosses by FORTUNE Small Business Magazine and Winning Workplaces™.
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With heavy hearts the family of Perry Molema announce his passing at Hotel Dieu, Windsor, on Saturday December 22nd, 2012. Perry Molema~loving and devoted husband, father and friend. Perry is the cherished son of Henry and Elisabeth Molema of Chatham. Beloved husband and best friend of Sherry. Loving father of Melissa and her fiancé Shaun Melo of Toronto, and Lindsay and her companion Dan Golas of Chatham. He is predeceased by his brother Robert. Nephew of Ina Dennekamp of Vancouver, B.C. Brother-in-law of Angie Baldwin and her husband Douglas of Toronto, Mike Ostapec and his wife Marg of Chatham, and Dan Ostapec of Toronto. Perry was employed by Aquascape Designs in Toronto and Chicago. His job incorporated his passion for travel which took him to every corner of the world. He left his mark creating beautiful water features and landscapes that can be enjoyed throughout Chatham and Canada, as well as the U.S., Europe, Egypt, Turkey and Australia. He had many hobbies and enjoyed sharing his life with his family and many friends. He was engaging and compassionate; once you knew Perry you knew you had a friend for life. One cannot choose when we leave this world, but we can choose how to live it. Perry lived his life to the fullest and touched many hearts. He will be infinitely missed and forever loved and cherished by all who knew him. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Perry's Life at The Armoury, 44 William Street N, Chatham, on Thursday December 27th gathering together from 4 to 8 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West, Chatham, 519-352-2710. Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider the Carlo Rossini Memorial Diabetes Foundation and the London Regional Cancer Program. On-line condolences may be left at www.alexanderfuneralhome.ca
Celebration of Perry's Life: Thursday December 27th, 2012
Gathering Together From: 4 to 8 p.m.
Held At: The Armoury, 44 William Street N, Chatham
Donations: Carlo Rossini Memorial Diabetes Foundation and the London Regional Cancer Program
Don Schnoor, former vice president and national sales manager of Aquatic Gardens and Koi Co. Inc, recently joined Aquascape, Inc. as northeast territory sales manager. Don began his career building and maintaining water features in his family’s retail pond business in 1986, which was located on the farm where he grew up in New Jersey.
Along with his extensive experience in the construction, maintenance, retail, and distribution aspects of the industry, Don was also the U.S. sales and marketing representative for Mag Noy, Ltd., setting up distribution for imported Israeli Koi throughout the United States.
“We’re honored to have Don join our ranks,” stated Sue Soderberg, National Sales Director for Aquascape. “He brings a great depth of knowledge of the water feature industry and associated products to this position with Aquascape. Don has built tremendous relationships within the water feature industry over time and we’re very fortunate to add his water gardening and landscape design skill level and background to our team.”
Schnoor will provide training and support to wholesale and retail customers in the northeast region.
Aquascape has released the second generation of its IonGen™ System, an electronic water clarifier solution for ponds, Pondless® Waterfalls and decorative water features. The new IonGen™ G2 is simple to install, safe for fish and plants, not toxic to any animals that may drink from the water feature, and eliminates unsightly water conditions without the use of chemicals.
The IonGen™ G2 automatic control panel sends signals that slowly dissolve a replaceable, copper probe. This unique combination of metal ions released into the water improves water quality, clarity and drastically reduces the need for traditional pond chemicals. IonGen™ G2 improvements include:
“We’ve taken performance feedback from customers to make improvements on an already great product,” states Dave Kelly, vice president of product development for Aquascape. “The original IonGen™ can be easily upgraded to the new G2 control panel using the IonGen™ conversion probe wire, allowing the IonGen™ G2 panel to connect to the original style probe.”
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St. Charles, IL – Aquascape, Inc, the leading innovator and manufacturer of pond products and supplies, debuts its new smartphone app designed for pond and garden enthusiasts. The Aquascape app offers water gardening tips and information, divided into 5 easy-to-use sections. Notable features include:
“The Aquascape app is like a miniature version of our website right at your fingertips,” states Greg Wittstock, founder and CEO of Aquascape. “Our goal is to provide useful information on all things related to water gardening on a convenient, easy-to-use mobile device.”
The Aquascape App is available for Apple’s iPhone and Google Android-based smartphones. To preview and download the app, visit the iTunes Store or Android Market, then search for Aquascape Pond app.
For more information about Aquascape products and services, please visit our website at www.aquascapeinc.com or call 866.877.6637 (US) or 866.766.3426 (CANADA).
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