Yesterday my family and I drove out to visit Russell Watergardens and Koi. I love visiting other watergardens for inspiration and to dream a little. This place gave me a chance to do both.
As you walk into their very well stocked pond equipment store you are greeted by a large indoor pond with some of the biggest koi I've ever seen. I tried to get a good picture of the white fish on the lower right with it's mouth open. It was huge!
One of the people that worked there gave the kids koi food to feed the fish. I'm not kidding when I say they almost jumped into their hands. It was amazing! They had many tanks stocked with Japanese koi for sale. I think most of them were actually imported from Japan. Their prices ranged from $50 to $500 for one fish, I did notice they gave discounts if people bought more than one of the same type of koi. We didn't buy any, but it was fun to see other people choosing some for their own ponds.
Some of the unusual flowers we saw planted near the pond's edge.
Just one of the many display ponds. All of their ponds had very natural feels to them, edged with large rocks and lots of plantings. They were close to 4 feet deep in the middle which made me a little nervous with my 2 year old nearby.
Here is just part of the very large selection of water plants. There was so much variety and the prices were very reasonable. My husband and oldest daughter picked out a little plant that looked like miniature four leaf clover. I know I'll be back to do some real plant shopping soon.
Another display pond. I really enjoyed seeing what they planted in the pond as well as around it.
More interesting plantings in the ponds. Most of these are marginals which only like to have the crown of the plant a few inches under the water.
One of the tanks that had koi for sale. These were around 6 inches long and about $60 each. One of the tanks was about 10 feet deep with some very large koi swimming lazily around. It is so relaxing to just watch these fish swim.
This was probably my favorite. I really liked the gazebo, and this pond had quite a few very large fish in it, including a catfish. There were more display ponds as well as pondless waterfalls. Pondless waterfalls are basically a waterfall that flows into a rock bed that pumps the water back to the top.
One of the very large butterfly koi, this had to be at least 2 feet long. It was one of the biggest fish I noticed. One day it would be fun to have a pond that could hold a fish this big!
The last time we visited Russell Watergardens it was quite a bit further away, about 45 minutes to drive there. Now that it's in its new(er) location it's only about 25 minutes away. I'm glad I'll be able to visit more often and shop in their plant nursery. This was a really fun family outing and one I know we'll do again this summer.