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Two local homes are making a splash this weekend as they landed in the Meyer Aquascapes 12th Annual Pondarama Water Garden Tour.
Jim and Nancy Lindemood, 6330 Warsaw Road, will be featured, along with Bob Tripp and Sharon Orsburn, 147 Bluffview (in Hogan’s Mill Subdivision), both in Dry Ridge, who were included in the tour last year.
The tour is a free self-guided tour of 25 water features in four areas around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23.
The water features are ponds or waterfalls of various sizes that are custom built for the homeowners.
The two Grant County homes have the following water features:
• Jim and Nancy Lindemood, 6330 Warsaw Rd.
The Lindemoods live on a farm. Their front entrance features bubbling rock. When visitors walk around the back of the home to the pond area, they will encounter a Tennessee flagstone walkway.
This newer home has a 16x16 water garden with an 8-foot stream that was installed in 2011 with natural stone that was excavated during the house construction.
The pond is full of fish and the garden has dragonflies with views of the hay and wheat fields. There are many colorful flowers and a vegetable garden.
• Bob Tripp and Sharon Orsburn, 147 Bluffview.
The Tripp/Orsburn home features a small pond built by the homeowners near the circular driveway. It is designed so you can sit in the air chairs suspended from the tree while watching the fish swim around.
For a totally secluded retreat, visitors can walk through a wrought iron gate and enter a tranquil world dotted with garden benches, rocking chairs and birdhouses.
The winding stone walkway, filled with the sound of rushing water, leads down a 50-foot meandering stream with five waterfalls. The natural accent of logs and a petrified tree stump divides the waterfall.
Take a walk down the path and cross the stream at the bridge. LED lighting provides nighttime enjoyment. Unique antique items from Sharon’s shop, Sweet Buy and Buy, add make for interesting viewing.
“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 take a look,” Orsburn said, of being included in the tour last year.
If interested in the tour, go to www.aquascapes.com and click on the Pondarama icon to download Pondarama locations or directors or call 513-941-8500.