CORNER: Book Reviews by
Create A Paradise
by Aquascape Designs
One Fish - Watch Reality TV instead
Two Fish - This book is better than
a water change
Three Fish - A book even your fish
Four Fish - Best In Show!
A Video Review by Debra Kreml
Create A Paradise
And now it's cold! And the snow has arrived! We awaken each
morning to a dark world and most of us arrive home, after
punching the time clock, to an even darker one. Gone are the
days of enjoying the bright sunlight and warm air. Amazingly
our water feature is still showy with the dark leaves of plants,
dark water and bright snow glistening on the banks. Our pets
occasionally will tease us by showing us their bright colors
as they slowly move along the water surface. Most though are
deep waiting for their season to shine. Even though we don't
join our little aquatic friends as frequently as we did before,
we still wa tch their home through our frosty winter windows.
And, the water garden remains a focal point even in the depths
of winter and the coldest of days.
I curl up to a good video on a cold
night, with the yard as my backdrop, enjoying it through the
glass. I think about friends who have just begun their water
gardening hobby this past year. They too will be enjoying
their water garden year round. Their enthusiasm, their pride
and their success in turning the pump 'on' this past summer
will not soon be forgotten. They are one of the reasons I
chose the Create a Paradise video tape to review. This
video is by Aquascape Designs.
If you have a friend who is interested
in the hobby but has not yet built a pond, or even sought
the estimate of a landscaper, this video is for them. I am
sure they seek you out for advice and hope that you will mentor
them through this journey. I would suggest that you borrow
this video and invite them over for a winter cup of cocoa
and peppermint. What better way to spend an evening with friends
on a cold wintery night then with a pond video and cocoa?
This video is a great beginner video
and serves as a very useful tool. It is not 'heavy' on the
information - rather it deals, for the most part, in generalities.
Much of the video persuades the audience, with it's beautiful
scenery as examples, that water gardening is a great hobby
and adventure. And, it is so true. I found myself watching
the water features longing for a quick winter so that I might
be reunited with my oasis.
This video is presented in a way where
the first time ponder is not overwhelmed. Rather it allows
the hobbyist to digest the basics of water gardening. It explains
that every environment is conducive to a pond creation, the
economics of the hobby, the site location and the benefits
of this yard addition. There are many pond examples that stimulate
the audience into the creativity mode. Even though my personal
'feature' is complete (yeah right - are we ever done?) this
basic video certainly jumped started 'mental designing' of
change and additions to the habitat.
Perhaps the cold and
darkness has pushed me headlong into dreaming of warmer days
but this video certainly has helped take me there!!
As a beginners' basic video this suits
the purpose well and because it meets the needs of its target
audience, I give this video 3 FISH!!