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Sharon Orsburn and Bob Tripp have literally made a splash in the back of their Dry Ridge home.
In fact, the 50 foot meandering stream with five waterfalls landed the couple into a Ponderama Water Garden Tour this weekend.
Their backyard of their red brick home in Hogan s Mill Subdivision will be open for a free tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 23 and June 24 as part of the Meyer Aquascapes 11th Annual Water Garden Tour.
When the couple first moved into their two-story home perched among mature trees, they didn’t want to go into the steep, sloping back yard. Tripp had to wear golf cleats when he mowed the grass just so he didn t fall down into a ravine.
They decided to look around for ideas, which is what lead them to the pond tour and Dan Meyer, a certified contractor with Aquascapes, Inc.
After seeing the yards that he did, we knew what we wanted, Orsburn said.
The result, almost two years later, is a private oasis filled with shade plants, the sound of water rushing over stones and many antiques and treasures that Orsburn finds on her antiquing trips.
“We find ourselves out here a lot,” she said. “It’s a really nice place to go, especially with a book.”
The couples back yard is now complete with a deck, several hammocks and seating areas, as well as a fire pit and swings.
At night, LED lights shine throughout the waterfall.
The back yard is completely shaded, keeping out the heat of long, summer days.
“It’s peaceful, just the sound of the waterfall,” she said, which they can hear from their bedroom.
The aquascape was created after truckloads of rock were brought to the sight. They were used to form the waterfall, stream and natural pathways. Other natural elements such as water cascading out of a log found on the property make the back yard seem like a natural creation.
“A friend teased us that everyone else in Grant County paid to have rocks removed from their property and here we were paying to have them brought in,” Orsburn said.
Actual construction of the stream and waterfall took about a month, but for the pair it s a work in progress. One that Orsburn doesn’t really plan to ever finish.
The site is lush and inviting, it has been the background for several photo shoots. Orsburn also enjoys entertaining there, including her dulcimer group.
“With all the blooms out and the amount of daylight hours we get, this is really the best time of year to enjoy it,” Tripp said.
But, it’s also picturesque in fall and even in winter.
“It’s really like we’ve added another whole room to the house,” he said.
The couple were asked to be part of this year s tour.
“I’m not sure how many people might drive out here from Cincinnati to see it, but we were hoping that local people interested in developing a water feature at their home may want to come by and tak a look,” Orsburn said.
The tour is self-guided and features exclusive water features built for the homeowners. For more information, go to www.aquascapes.com and click on the Ponderama icon for other tour sites and directions or call 513-941-8500.
“We just love it,” Osburn said. “It really worked out better than what we even envisioned.“