The Houston Pond Society ( ), along with the Lone Star Koi Club ) are gearing up for the 2012 Annual Houston Pond Tour, which will be Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6. 

If you have a pond, koi habitat, or outdoor water feature, please take this opportunity to share your enthusiasm by joining the tour!  There is no cost to participate, and it’s a lot of fun!

Ponds can be backyard ponds of any size, sophisticated koi habitats, water gardens, or simple water features such as disappearing fountains.

The tour showcases as many as 30 ponds, and spans the entire Houston metro area, from Clear Lake to the Woodlands, from Katy to LaPorte.  Ponds are on the tour either Saturday or Sunday, depending on what part of town they are located in, and hours are from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 

It’s a casual tour – most pond owners spend the day sitting out in their yard, and tour goers come and go throughout the day.  Most stay about 15 minutes, and enjoy chatting with the pond owners about pond construction, water quality, fish, landscaping, mishaps, joys, and more. 

There is no charge for your pond to be on the tour, and participants get free tickets, so they can take the tour on the day that their pond is not open.  (Tour goers, of course, do buy their tickets, which benefit our two organizations.)

The tour is advertised in local magazines and newspapers, and – with a little luck – radio and TV spots, as well.

Please join us and open your pond for our 2012 Pond Tour!  You will find a sign-up sheet on our website.  We are signing up ponds NOW, so need to hear from you as soon as possible. 

For more information, visit our website, or call Houston Pond Society president Dan Cook at (713) 822-5515 or me, Julie Young (713) 528-5614 or

Hope to see you there!