This pond was installed at Scotchwood Nursing Home as a community development project for the Central Illinois Water
Gardeners Club. The CIWG provided the labor, Passion for Ponds, Inc. provided all the materials and project supervision, and
the nursing home provided refreshments and lunch.
The nursing home had had a pre-form pond installed by one of
their staff in the center of an enclosed courtyard. You can
barely see it in this picture in the center right. At the far end of
the courtyard, you can see a large bay of windows that run the
entire length of the building. The cafeteria is on the other side
of the glass. The location of the old pond made it impossible for
the residents to see it, and it's lack of water movement made it a
breeding ground for mosquitoes.
We removed the preform pond to use in the waterfall later and
filled in the hole. The new pond itself went right outside the
bay of cafeteria windows, so the residents could see and hear
the waterfall, and enjoy the fish and abundant foliage provided
by club members.
One of the challenges to this project was that the pond
construction was in an enclosed courtyard. That meant that
every donated rock and plant had to be wheel barrowed through
the building. Fortunately, club members who had volunteered
their time and muscle made short order of this work. Since the
pond itself wasn't very big, we didn't have very much soil to
backfill against the filter box and build up around the waterfall,
so 2 loads of black dirt also had to be brought in.
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Below is a view of the burm behind the back of the pond. You can clearly
see how close it is to the windows, making it easy for the residents to enjoy.
|Views from inside the building
Above, you can see where we utilized the old pre-form pond in the
waterfall. From the filter box, where the water flow originates, it
flows down into the proform pond, then down another waterfall into
the main pond.
In the photo to the right, all the plants have grown in
and the pond looks very natural. Everything you see
here was donated by the Central Illinois Water
Gardening Club, Passion for Ponds, Inc., and individual
When we first arrived at the site, there was a female
mallard duck at the site who had claimed the courtyard
courtyard for over a year, trying to hatch and raise her
young, but unfortunately, with no viable water source,
the newly hatched ducklings had no safe place to go,
and fell prey to crows within hours of hatching.
On the day of our pond construction, the female mallard was sitting
on 12 eggs! There was barely enough duck to cover all the eggs, but
somehow, 11 of them hatched.
Since the hatchlings now had an escape from predators, ALL of them
survived. You can imagine how delighted the residents were to have
these darling, fluffy additions to their facility. As the babies grew,
they became very friendly, as the residents fed them out the windows
of the cafeteria.
We went back and installed a "duck ramp" so the babies could enter
and exit the pond with ease.
This bench was constructed and donated by a club member. Of
course, this is not it's perminent location, but it is such a wonderful
piece, it deserves to be shown.
Scotchwood Healthcare was very grateful for the work we all did at
their facility, and placed an ad in the local paper to thank us all for our
hard work and donations.
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