About Us
I dug my own pond in the summer of 2000, with a shovel and a lot of determination.  The pond
measures 24' x 18' x 3' deep, and it has a 5' tall waterfall.  It took me three months to dig the entire
pond, by hand, and have it up and running and ready for fish.  (Suffice it to say, I NEVER want to dig a
pond that big by hand again!)  There have been several changes to the design of the filtration system
and I use my own pond for experimentation.  One of the first things that I learned is that Pond People,
by and large, are good people.  I mean REALLY  good people.  They are willing to share their
experiences with you, both good and bad, are often generous beyond reason, you, both good and bad,
are often generous beyond reason, always have a kind word to say about your pond, and are happy to
help you solve whatever problems or questions you might run across.  My hope is that my work
measures up to the high standards they have set.
The American Dream - Passion for Ponds, Inc. was conceived and founded in the fall of 2001, just after the attacks on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon. In a sense, a defiant act in the face of the threat of terrorism that gripped our nation - a woman,
starting her own business, in a free, democratic society - economy and Al-Qaeda be damned.

All of us at Passion for Ponds have a pond of our own, so we are very particular about the ponds we install because we already
know through our own experience what works and what doesn't.  Although the work is often dirty and back-breaking, each of us
loves working on, in and around ponds.

Our goal is to share the joys of owning a pond or water garden, and to make the experience a success for our clients.  We strive to
exceed our clients' expectations, and hope that you find the pages of this web site informative, interesting, and maybe even a little
bit inspirational.
About Me
You can do anything you want to with your life . . .
except change someone else.
                              Frieda McArdell
pondgal@gridcom.net
309-310-5098
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About Sue
Sue loves fancy goldfish, and when I say 'love', I really mean it.  Her fish eat out of her
hand, and enjoy being 'petted'.  She had experience keeping fancy goldfish in an
aquarium environment prior to digging her own pond in 2003, but the pond has opened
up a whole new world of opportunities for her obsession.  Like most ponders, she also
enjoys gardening, and the landscaping around her pond reflects that love.

Unfortunately, an injury at her "other job" has left her with only minimal use of her arms,
and she is unable to lift.  She does, however, make a wonderful target for jumping koi
that we are trying to catch, is a dear friend, and a vital aspect of this company.
pondgal2@gridcom.net
309-287-9613
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About Karen
I dug Karen's pond in 2002, when she was still working full-time plus.  After she retired from
the corporate world, she started working with me, and I still don't know why.  It's not like
I'm any great fun to work with, and the work is extremely hard. Karen is a tireless worker,
she loves ponds, is obsessed with rocks, and is always there for me, willing to do whatever it
takes to get the job done.
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kpdaudelin@frontier.com
309-838-5723
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We have worked through some pretty horrible conditions together, and despite the heat,
cold, wind, rain and sleet, we've managed to have a good time doing it.  In the picture to the
left, she is seated in a pond that we reconstructed which had an island in the center of it.  
The reason for the island, we found out, was because there was a huge tree stump in the
middle of the yard where the pond had been installed that the previous "installer" didn't feel
like removing it.  Since the entire yard is fenced and fully planted, we had to remove the
stump by hand, chipping away the dirt around it until it was fully exposed.  Hauling the thing
off was no picnic either!  Fortunately, we only had to haul it as far as Karen's house, where
she turned it into a lovely yard ornament.

She truly is a driving force behind this company and one of the best friends a person could
hope to have.  I don't deserve her, but she sticks with me anyway.